Johann VII, Count of Nassau-Siegen

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Count John VII of Nassau-Siegen (7 June 1561 – 27 September 1623) was Count of Nassau in Siegen. He was the second son of Count John VI of Nassau-Dillenburg and his wife Elisabeth of Leuchtenberg.

John VII, Count of Nassau-Siegen
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John VII of Nassau
Born(1561-06-07)7 June 1561
Dillenburg
Died27 September 1623(1623-09-27) (aged 62)
Siegen
Noble familyNassau
Spouse(s)
Issue
Detail
FatherJohn VI of Nassau-Dillenburg
MotherElisabeth of Leuchtenberg

Johann VII founded a military college in the town of Siegen, "expressly to produce an officer corps for Calvinism".[1]

Family and childrenEdit

He was married twice. Firstly, he married on 9 December 1581 with Countess Magdalena of Waldeck, daughter of Count Philip IV of Waldeck-Wildungen and Jutta of Isenburg. They had the following children:

  1. John Ernest (21 October 1582 – 16/17 September 1617), a general in the Venetian army, involved in the Uskok War;
  2. Count John VIII of Nassau in Siegen (29 September 1583 – 27 July 1638)
  3. Elisabeth (8 November 1584 – 26 July 1661), married on 18 November 1604 to Count Christian of Waldeck
  4. Adolf (8 August 1586 – 7 November 1608)
  5. Juliane (3 September 1587 – 15 February 1643), married on 22 May 1603 to Landgrave Maurice of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel)
  6. Anna Maria (3 March 1589 – 27 February 1620), married on 3 February 1611 to Count John Adolf of Daun
  7. Johann Albrecht, born and died in 1590
  8. Count William of Nassau in Siegen (13 August 1592 – 17 July 1642)
  9. Anna Johanna (3 March 1594 – 23 December 1636), married on 19 June 1619 Johan Wolfert van Brederode
  10. Frederick Louis (2 February 1595 – 22 April 1600)
  11. Magdalena (23 February 1596 – 6 December 1662), married:
    1. in August 1631 to Bernhard Moritz von Oeynhausen;
    2. on 25 August 1642 Philipp Wilhelm von Innhausen und Knypphausen
  12. John Frederick, born and died in 1597

Secondly, he married on 27 August 1603 with Duchess Margaret of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg [da], a daughter of John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg and thus also a granddaughter of Christian III of Denmark. They had the following children:

  1. Prince John Maurice of Nassau (18 June 1604 – 20 December 1679)
  2. Prince George Frederick Louis (23 February 1606 – 2 October 1674) married Mauritia Eleonora of Portugal, daughter of Emilia of Nassau, daughter of William the Silent and daughter-in-law of António, Prior of Crato.
  3. William Otto (23 June 1607 – 14 August 1641)
  4. Louise Christine (8 October 1608 – 29 December 1678), married on 4 July 1627 Philippe François de Joux dit de Watteville, Comte de Bussolin, Marquis de Conflans
  5. Sophie Margaret (16 April 1610 – 18 May 1665), married on 13 January 1656 to Count Georg Ernst of Limburg Stirum
  6. Henry (9 August 1611 – 7 November 1652)
  7. Marie Juliane (14 August 1612 – 21 January 1665), married on 13 December 1637 to Duke Francis Henry of Saxe-Lauenburg
  8. Amalie [ca] (2 September 1613 – 24 August 1669), married:
    1. on 23 April 1636 to Herman Wrangel
    2. on 27 March 1649 to Christian Augustus, Count Palatine of Sulzbach
  9. Bernhard (18 November 1614 – 6 January 1617)
  10. Christian (16 July 1616 – 11 April 1644)
  11. Catharine (1 August 1617 – 31 August 1645)
  12. John Ernest (8 November 1618 – 23 November 1639)
  13. Elisabeth Juliane (1 May 1620 – 13 May 1665), married in 1647 to Count Bernhard of Sayn-Wittgenstein

Johann VII and both his wives are buried in the royal crypt in Siegen.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Parker, Geoffrey (1997). Parker, Geoffrey (ed.). The war in myth, legend and history. In: The Thirty Year's War (2nd ed.). London and New York: Routledge. p. 184. ISBN 0-415-12883-8.