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Wilhelm, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld

Wilhelm, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (German: Wilhelm Chlodwig Friedrich Ernst Hermann Paul Philipp Heinrich Landgraf von Hessen-Philippsthal-Barchfeld; born 14 August 1933) is the Landgrave and current head of one of the two remaining branches of the House of Hesse, that of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, a noble title dating to the late Holy Roman Empire.[1]

Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld
Born (1933-08-14) 14 August 1933 (age 85)
Herleshausen, Nazi Germany
Oda-Mathilde von Garmissen (m. 1961)
  • Prince Wilhelm
  • Prince Otto
Full name
German: Wilhelm Chlodwig Friedrich Ernst Hermann Paul Philipp Heinrich
FatherPrince Wilhelm of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld
MotherPrincess Marianne of Prussia


Early life and familyEdit

Wilhelm was born at Herleshausen, Hesse-Nassau, Germany, eldest child of Prince Wilhelm of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (1905–1942), (son of Chlodwig, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld and Princess Caroline of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich) and his wife, Princess Marianne of Prussia (1913–1983), (daughter of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia and Princess Agatha of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst). Through his mother he is descended from King Frederick William III of Prussia and King William I of the Netherlands.

Wilhelm descends from the House of Hesse branch of Hesse-Philippsthal, which was created from the branch of Hesse-Kassel at the death of William VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel in 1663, when his younger son Philip was created Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal. At the death of Landgrave Philip, the branch of Hesse-Philippsthal was again divided, his younger son William becoming the Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld. These two landgraviates were annexed by Prussia in 1866. The main branch (Hesse-Philippsthal) became extinct in the male line in 1925, thus making the Barchfeld branch the only surviving one of the Hesse-Philippsthal line.


Wilhelm was married on 5 August 1961 at Friedrichshausen, Frankenberg, Hesse, to Oda-Mathilde von Garmissen (born 1935), daughter of Hilmar von Garmissen and his wife Baroness Oda von Houwald.

They had two sons:

  • Prince Wilhelm of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (b. 1 January 1963), married in 2002 to Susanne von Kaufmann, had issue.
  • Prince Otto of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (b. 19 January 1965), married in 1998 to Clara Blickhauser, had issue.


Patrilineal descentEdit

  1. Gilbert I, Count of the Maasgau, d. 842
  2. Gilbert II, Count of the Maasgau, 825–875
  3. Reginar, Duke of Lorraine, 850–915
  4. Reginar II, Count of Hainaut, 890–932
  5. Reginar III, Count of Hainaut, 920–973
  6. Lambert I, Count of Leuven, 950–1015
  7. Lambert II, Count of Leuven, d. 1054
  8. Henry II, Count of Leuven, 1020–1078
  9. Godfrey I, Count of Leuven, 1060–1139
  10. Godfrey II, Count of Leuven, 1110–1142
  11. Godfrey III, Count of Leuven, 1140–1190
  12. Henry I, Duke of Brabant, 1165–1235
  13. Henry II, Duke of Brabant, 1207–1248
  14. Henry I, Landgrave of Hesse, 1244–1308
  15. Otto I, Landgrave of Hesse, 1272–1328
  16. Louis the Junker of Hesse, 1305–1345
  17. Hermann II, Landgrave of Hesse, 1341–1413
  18. Louis I, Landgrave of Hesse, 1402–1458
  19. Louis II, Landgrave of Hesse, 1438–1471
  20. William II, Landgrave of Hesse, 1469–1509
  21. Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse, 1504–1567
  22. William IV, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, 1532–1592
  23. Maurice, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, 1572–1632
  24. William V, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, 1602–1637
  25. William VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, 1629–1663
  26. Philip, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal, 1655–1721
  27. William, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, 1692–1761
  28. Adolph, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, 1743–1803
  29. Charles, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, 1784–1854
  30. Prince William of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, 1831–1890
  31. Chlodwig, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, 1876–1954
  32. Prince Wilhelm of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, 1905–1942
  33. Wilhelm, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, b. 1933

Notes and sourcesEdit


  1. ^ Landgraviate of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (accessed 29 November 2012)
Wilhelm, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld
Born: 6 August 1926
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld
Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal

17 November 1954 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Landgraviate annexed by Prussia in 1866
Prince Wilhelm