George II, Duke of Württemberg-Montbéliard

Duke George II of Württemberg-Montbéliard (5 October 1626 in Montbéliard – 1 June 1699 in Montbéliard) was Duke of Württemberg-Montbéliard from 1662 until his death.

George II, Duke of Württemberg-Montbéliard
Born(1626-10-05)5 October 1626
Montbéliard
Died1 June 1699(1699-06-01) (aged 72)
Montbéliard
Noble familyHouse of Württemberg
FatherLouis Frederick, Duke of Württemberg-Montbéliard
MotherAnna Eleanor of Nassau-Weilburg-Saarbrücken

LifeEdit

George II was a son of the Duke Louis Frederick of Württemberg-Montbéliard (1586-1631) from his second marriage to Anna Eleanor (1602-1685), daughter of Count John Casimir of Nassau Gleiberg (1593-1602). He succeeded his older brother Leopold Frederick as Duke of Württemberg-Montbéliard in 1662.

Montbéliard was occupied in 1676 by French troops. King Louis XIV was trying to conquer all Württemberg possessions on the left bank of the Rhine. George fled the courty[clarification needed]. In 1684, he was given an opportunity to return, under the condition that he recognized the King of France as his liege lord. He refused, and Württemberg-Montbéliard was administered by his cousin Frederick Charles, Duke of Württemberg-Winnental until 1698.

After Frederick Charles died in 1698, George II returned to Montbéliard, where he died a year later.

Marriage and issueEdit

George married on 9 March 1648 in Montbeliard with Anne de Coligny (1624-1680), daughter of Gaspard III de Coligny. With her he had the following children:

married in 1672 with Duke Silvius II Frederick of Württemberg-Oels (1651-1697)
  • Conrad Louis (1658-1659)
  • Anna (1660-1733)
  • Elizabeth (1665-1726)
married in 1689 with Duke Frederick Ferdinand von Württemberg-Weitlingen (1654-1705, grandson of Julius Frederick, Duke of Württemberg-Weiltingen)
  • Hedwig (1667-1715)
  • Leopold Eberhard (1670-1723), his only surviving son and successor, married:
    1. in 1695 with Anna Sabine Hedwig, Countess of Sponeck (1676-1735), divorced in 1714
    2. in 1718 with Charlotte Elizabeth Curie, Baroness of L'Esperance (1684-1733)

ReferencesEdit

  • Paul Friedrich von Stälin (1878), "Georg, Herzog von Württemberg-Mömpelgard", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 8, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 709–710
George II, Duke of Württemberg-Montbéliard
Born: 5 October 1626 Died: 1 June 1699
Preceded by
Leopold Frederick
Duke of Württemberg-Montbéliard
1662-1699
Succeeded by
Leopold Eberhard