Ferdinand, Prince of Solms-Braunfels

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Ferdinand, Prince of Solms-Braunfels
Ferdinand Wilhelm Ernst Fürst zu Solms-Braunfels.jpg
Born (1721-02-08)8 February 1721
Braunfels
Died 2 October 1783(1783-10-02) (aged 62)
Braunfels
Noble family House of Solms-Braunfels
Spouse(s) Countess Sophie of Solms-Laubach
Father Frederick William, Prince of Solms-Braunfels
Mother Princess Magdalena Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg

Ferdinand Wilhelm Ernst, 2nd Prince of Solms-Braunfels (8 February 1721 in Braunfels – 2 October 1783, ibid.) was the second Prince of Solms-Braunfels. He was the son of Frederick William, Prince of Solms-Braunfels (1696–1761) by his first wife Princess Magdalena Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg (1691–1725).

Life[edit]

Ferdinand Wilhelm Ernst was born in Braunfels, Solms-Braunfels as the first son and child of Frederick William, Count of Solms-Braunfels and his first wife Princess Magdalena Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg (1691–1725) daughter of John Ernst, Count of Nassau-Weilburg. On 22 May 1742, Emperor Charles VII raised the House of Solms-Braunfels to the rank of Imperial Prince and so when his father died he succeeded him as the 2nd Prince.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 24 August 1756 he married in Laubach, Countess Sophie Christine Wilhelmine of Solms-Laubach. first daughter and second child of Christian August, Count of Solms-Laubach and his first wife Princess Elisabeth of Isenburg und Büdingen in Birstein daughter of the first Prince, Wolfgang Ernest I. They had the following children:

  • William Christian Carl, 3rd Prince of Solms-Braunfels (1759–1837), married Wild- und Rheingräfin Auguste of Salm-Grumbach and Elisabetha Becker, had issue from both marriages
  • Princess Karoline Marie Eleonore of Solms-Braunfels (died within a month of life)
  • Prince Ludwig Wilhelm of Solms-Braunfels (died within a month of life)
  • Princess Auguste Luise of Solms-Braunfels (1764–1797) married Karl Ludwig, Wild- und Rheingraf zu Salm-Grumbach und Dhaun, whose first wife was Princess Marianne of Leiningen daughter of Carl Friedrich Wilhelm, 1st Prince of Leiningen and parents of her brother William's wife.
  • Prince Wilhelm Henrich Kasimir of Solms-Braunfels (1765–1852) unmarried
  • Princess Luise Karoline Sophie of Solms-Braunfels (1766–1830) unmarried
  • Prince Karl August Wilhelm Friedrich (1768–1829) unmarried
  • Prince Frederick William of Solms-Braunfels (1770–1814) married Princess Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, widow of Prince Louis Charles of Prussia and had issue
  • Prince Ludwig Wilhelm Christian of Solms-Braunfels (1771–1833) unmarried
  • Princess Ferdinande Wilhelmine Isabelle of Solms-Braunfels (died within a year)

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