Otto IV of Schaumburg

Otto IV of Schaumburg (1517 – 21 December 1576) was a German nobleman. He was a ruling Count of Schauenburg and of Holstein-Pinneberg. He was a son of Jobst I and his wife Maria of Nassau, a daughter of Count Johann V of Nassau-Vianden-Dietz.

Otto IV of Schaumburg
Died21 December 1576
Grave monument for Otto IV and his two wives in St. Martini Church in Stadthagen.

He adopted the teachings of Martin Luther. However, with respect to his elder brothers Cologne's Archbishop-Electors Adolphus III (reg. 1547–1556) and Anthony I (reg. 1557-1558) he refrained from open confrontation. In 1559 he officially began the Reformation in Schauenburg and Holstein-Pinneberg. These areas remained Lutheran throughout the Counter-Reformation and into modern times.

Marriages and issueEdit

Otto first married Mary (*1527–1554*), daughter of Duke Barnim XI of Pomerania-Stettin. Mary and Otto had four sons:

In 1558 Otto married a second time, with Elisabeth Ursula (*1539–1586*), a daughter of Ernest I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Elisabeth Ursula and Otto had two daughters and one son:

  • Mary (*1559–1616*) married in 1591 Count Josse of Limburg-Styrum (*1560–1621*)
  • Elisabeth, married in 1585 Count Simon VI of Lippe (*1554-1613*)
  • Ernest (*1569–1622*), count regnant of Schaumburg and Holstein-Pinneberg as of 1601, elevated to Prince of Schaumburg in 1619.

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Otto of Schaumburg
Born: 1517 Died: 21 December 1576 in Bückeburg
Catholic Church titles
Regnal titles
Preceded by Prince-Bishop of Hildesheim
as Otto III

Succeeded by
Regnal titles
Preceded by Count of Schaumburg and Holstein-Pinneberg
as Otto IV

with his elder brother John V (1531–1560)
Succeeded by