Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

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Ernest Frederick
Ernesto Federico de Wettin Saalfeld.jpg
Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Reign16 September 1764 –
8 September 1800
PredecessorFrancis Josias
SuccessorFrancis
Born(1724-03-08)8 March 1724
Saalfeld, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Holy Roman Empire
Died8 September 1800(1800-09-08) (aged 76)
Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Holy Roman Empire
SpouseSophia Antonia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
IssueFrancis
Prince Karl Wilhelm
Princess Fredericka
Princess Caroline
Prince Ludwig Karl
Prince Ferdinand August
Prince Frederick
HouseHouse of Wettin
FatherFrancis Josias, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
MotherAnna Sophie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
ReligionLutheranism

Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (8 March 1724 in Saalfeld – 8 September 1800 in Coburg), was a Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.

Biography[edit]

He was the eldest son of Francis Josias, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld and Anna Sophie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.

Ernest Frederick succeeded his father in the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld when he died in 1764 and established his definitive residence shifted in Coburg; because of the high indebtedness of the duchy he was compelled by Emperor Joseph II in 1773 to work with a Debit commission—an obligatory administration of debts assigned by the emperor—for over thirty years.

Issue[edit]

In Wolfenbüttel on 23 April 1749 Ernest Frederick married with Sophia Antonia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, they had seven children:

  1. Franz Frederick Anton, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (b. Coburg 15 July 1750 – d. Coburg, 9 December 1806), father of Leopold I of Belgium and grandfather of Leopold II, Empress Carlota of Mexico, Queen Victoria of Great Britain, and her husband Prince Albert.
  2. Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand (b. Coburg, 21 November 1751 – d. Coburg, 16 February 1757).
  3. Fredericka Juliane (b. Coburg, 14 September 1752 – d. Coburg, 24 September 1752).
  4. Caroline Ulrike Amalie (b. Coburg, 19 October 1753 – d. Coburg, 1 October 1829), a nun at Gandersheim.
  5. Ludwig Karl Frederick (b. Coburg, 2 January 1755 – d. Coburg, 4 May 1806); he had an illegitimate son by some Mademoiselle Brutel de la Riviére: Ludwig Frederick Emil of Coburg (b. Hildburghausen, 1779 - d. Coburg, 1827). In turn, the five children of Ludwig Frederick were created Freiherren von Coburg, his descendants still alive.
  6. Ferdinand August Heinrich (b. Coburg, 12 April 1756 – d. Coburg, 8 July 1758).
  7. Frederick (b. Coburg, 4 March 1758 – d. Coburg, 26 June 1758).

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Genealogie ascendante jusqu'au quatrieme degre inclusivement de tous les Rois et Princes de maisons souveraines de l'Europe actuellement vivans [Genealogy up to the fourth degree inclusive of all the Kings and Princes of sovereign houses of Europe currently living] (in French). Bourdeaux: Frederic Guillaume Birnstiel. 1768. p. 107.
Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Born: 8 March 1724 Died: 8 September 1800
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Francis Josias
Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
1764–1800
Succeeded by
Francis Frederick