Ludwig I, Count of Sayn-Wittgenstein

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Ludwig I, Count of Sayn-Wittgenstein Gender: M
born on 7 December 1532 Jul.Cal. (17 Dec 1532 greg.) at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place Laasphe, Germany, 50n56, 8e24
Timezone LMT m8e24 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 25°17' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 21°53 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 23°59'

Count of Sayn-Wittgenstein Ludwig I


German nobleman and diarist, nicknamed der Ältere ("the Elder"), who ruled the County of Wittgenstein, on the upper reaches of the rivers Lahn and Eder, from 1558 until his death. He converted his county to Calvinism and was an influential politician in the service to the Electoral Palatinate.

He was the sixth child of Wilhelm I, Count of Sayn-Wittgenstein (24 August 1488 – 18 April 1570) and his wife, Johannetta of Isenburg-Neumagen (born 1500).

On 14 August 1559, he married Countess Anna of Solms-Braunfels (1538–1565) at Dillenburg Castle. They had 3 children. Anna died in 1565. In 1567, Louis remarried, to Countess Elisabeth of Solms-Laubach (6 March 1549 – 1599), daughter of Friedrich Magnus I, Count of Solms-Laubach. They had 17 children.

He died on 2 July 1605, aged 72, while travelling near Altenkirchen. Parts of his extensive diaries have been preserved in the Princely Archive in Berleburg. Some excerpts were printed in the 19th Century. His diaries are an important source of information about the intellectual and political history of his time. His extensive correspondence has not yet been fully evaluated by historians.

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  • Death, Cause unspecified 2 July 1605 Jul.Cal. (12 July 1605 greg.) (Age 72)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from Ludwig der Aeltere, Graf von Sayn zu Wittgenstein, in Erzählung, Brief u. Verordnung sein Selbstbiograph: Aus handschriftl. Tagebüchern u. Urkunden dargestellt by F. W. Winckel (Matthey, 1855), p. 1: "Im Jahre des Heils 1532 am Vorfeste Maria Empfängniß (den 7. Dezbr.), gegen acht Uhr Morgens ist Ludwig, Graf zu Wittgenstein geboren." [In the year of salvation, in the year 1532, on the feast of the Presence of the Virgin (the 7th Dec.), at eight o'clock in the morning, Ludwig, Count of Wittgenstein was born].

Born at Wittgenstein Castle, near Bad Laasphe.


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Twenty)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Diarist)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Sayn-Wittgenstein)