Bernhard I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen

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Bernhard I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen Gender: M
born on 10 September 1649 Jul.Cal. (20 Sep 1649 greg.) at 12:45 (= 12:45 PM )
Place Gotha, Germany, 50n57, 10e41
Timezone LMT m10e41 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 27°47' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 24°17 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 12°06'

Duke of Saxe-Meiningen Bernhard I (circa 1650)


German duke, as the sixth but third surviving son of Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Altenburg and Elisabeth Sophie of Saxe-Altenburg.

After the death of his father, in 1675, the duchy was jointly governed by him and his brothers; but the duchy was divided five years later (in 1680). As a result of this divisionary treaty, Bernhard received Meiningen, Wasungen, Salzungen, Untermassfeld, Frauenbreitungen and Ichtershausen. Bernhard became the founder of the Saxe-Meiningen line.

The building of an official residence in Meiningen began immediately. The residence was finished in 1692 and was called Schloss Elisabethenburg, in honor of Bernhard's second wife. Like his brother Ernst, Bernhard's financial stability in his duchy was remarkable. The sales of chamber goods and the additional charge of taxes to the population were the result.

Bernhard's will ordered the indivisibility of the duchy, but not Primogeniture. This allowed his sons to govern the duchy jointly after his death.

Bernhard married twice and had twelve children. He died on 27 April 1706, aged 56, in Meiningen.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Ernst der Fromme, Herzog zu Sachsen-Gotha und Altenburg: ein Beitrag zur Geschichte des 17. Jahrhunderts, Part 1" by August Beck (Böhlau, 1865), p. 779: "Bernhard wurde geboren Montags den 10. September 1649 Nachmittags kurz vor 1 Uhr auf dem Friedenstein" (Bernhard was born on 10 September 1649 in the afternoon, shortly before 1 o'clock, at Friedenstein). Monday was Old Style.


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Twelve)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Saxe-Meiningen)