Friedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck

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Friedrich Karl Ludwig
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
Friedrich Karl Ludwig Schleswig-Holstein.jpg
Friedrich Karl Ludwig by Johann Friedrich August Tischbein, ca. 1800
Reign24 February 1775–25 March 1816
PredecessorPeter August
SuccessorFriedrich Wilhelm
Born(1757-08-20)20 August 1757
Died24 April 1816(1816-04-24) (aged 58)
Wellingsbüttel Manor
SpouseCountess Friederike of Schlieben
IssuePrincess Friederike
Princess Luise
Friedrich Wilhelm
Full name
Frederick Charles Louis
German: Friedrich Karl Ludwig
HouseHouse of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
FatherPrince Karl Anton August of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
MotherCountess Charlotte of Dohna-Schlodien

Friedrich Karl Ludwig of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck[1][2] (20 August 1757[1][2] – 24 April 1816[1][2]) was the ninth and penultimate Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck.[1][2] Friedrich Karl Ludwig was the son of Prince Karl Anton August of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck and his wife Countess Charlotte of Dohna-Schlodien.[1][2]


Friedrich Karl Ludwig was born in Königsberg, East Prussia, he joined the Prussian Army in 1777 upon the request of King Frederick the Great. By 1781 he was a staff officer in the Regiment von Schlieben and by 1787 he commanded a grenadier battalion based in Königsberg,[3] he assisted in the suppression of the 1794 Kościuszko Uprising and was Governor of Kraków in 1795. He retired from Prussian service as a lieutenant general in 1797[3] and spent the rest of his life improving agriculture in Holstein, he died in Wellingsbüttel Manor, now part of Hamburg.

He was a recipient of the Order of the Elephant, Order of St. Alexander Nevsky, Order of the Red Eagle, and the Order of Saint Hubert.[4]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Friedrich married Countess Friederike of Schlieben (28 February 1757 – 17 December 1827)[1][2] on 9 March 1780 in Königsberg.[1][2] At the time, the marriage was not looked upon favorably because the Schlieben family was not an ancient noble family. Friedrich and Friederike had three children:

Friedrich was succeeded as duke by his son, Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.[1][2]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 20 August 1757 – 12 September 1759: His Serene Highness Prince Friedrich Karl Ludwig of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
  • 12 September 1759 – 24 February 1775: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
  • 24 February 1775 – 24 April 1816: His Serene Highness The Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Darryl Lundy (1 May 2005). "Friedrich Karl Herzog von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck". Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Paul Theroff. "SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Archived from the original on 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2008-09-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b Albinus, Robert (1985). Lexikon der Stadt Königsberg Pr. und Umgebung (in German). Leer: Verlag Gerhard Rautenberg. p. 371. ISBN 3-7921-0320-6.
  4. ^ Der Elephanten-Orden und seine Ritter. Von Johann Heinrich Friedrich Berlien
  5. ^ 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. 77.
Friedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 20 August 1757 Died: 24 April 1816
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Peter August
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
24 February 1775–25 March 1816
Succeeded by
Friedrich Wilhelm