Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1756–1808)

Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg,[1][2] German: Luise, Prinzessin von Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg[1][2] (born 9 March 1756 in Roda, Duchy of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg;[1][2] died 1 January 1808 at Schloss Ludwigslust in Ludwigslust, Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin[2]) was Duchess consort of Mecklenburg-Schwerin through her marriage to Frederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg, Louise was also a member of the House of Mecklenburg.

Princess Louise
Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Born(1756-03-09)9 March 1756
Roda, Duchy of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Died1 January 1808(1808-01-01) (aged 51)
Schloss Ludwigslust, Ludwigslust, Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
SpouseFrederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg
IssueFrederick Louis, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Louise Charlotte, Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Duke Gustav Wilhelm
Duke Karl
Charlotte Frederica, Hereditary Princess of Denmark
Duke Adolf
Full name
German: Luise
FatherPrince John August of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
MotherCountess Louise Reuss of Schleiz


Louise was the fourth and youngest child of Prince John August of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and Countess Louise Reuss of Schleiz.[1][2] After the death of her mother in 1773, both she and her older sister Augusta inherited the title of co-Countess of Limpurg-Gaildorf as one of the several heirs of William Henry, Schenk of Limpurg zu Gaildorf (d. 1690 without surviving male issue).[3][4] Both sisters retained their portions of the Limpurg-Gaildorf inheritance (1/4 of Amt Gaildorf and 1/16 of the town of Gaildorf) until 1780, when they sold their share to Charles Eugene, Duke of Württemberg.[3][4]

In Gotha on 1 June 1775,[1][2] Louise married Frederick Francis, Hereditary Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, eldest child and only son of Duke Ludwig of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and his wife Princess Charlotte Sophie of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. They had six children:[1][2]


Titles, styles, honours and armsEdit

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 9 March 1756 – 1 June 1775: Her Highness Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
  • 1 June 1775 – 24 April 1785: Her Grand Ducal Highness The Hereditary Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • 24 April 1785 – 1 January 1808: Her Grand Ducal Highness The Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin



  1. ^ a b c d e f Darryl Lundy (27 Dec 2008). "Luise Prinzessin von Sachsen-Gotha-Roda". Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Luise, Herzogin von Sachsen-Gotha". Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  3. ^ a b The Limpurg Inheritance in: [retrieved 17 August 2016].
  4. ^ a b LIMPURG in: An Online Gotha by Paul Theroff [retrieved 17 August 2016].
  5. ^ a b Schelfkirche St. Nikolai zu Schwerin in: [retrieved 2 March 2017].
Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1756–1808)
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 9 March 1756 Died: 1 January 1808
German royalty
Preceded by
Duchess Louise Frederica of Württemberg
Duchess consort of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
24 April 1785 – 1 January 1808
Title next held by
Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
as Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin