Buff, Charlotte

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Buff, Charlotte Gender: F
Charlotte Sophia Henriette Buff
born on 11 January 1753 at 04:30 (= 04:30 AM )
Place Wetzlar, Germany, 50n33, 8e29
Timezone LMT m8e29 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 21°13' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 03°15 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 02°55'

Charlotte Buff (painting by Johann Heinrich Schröder)


German writer's muse, a youthful acquaintance of the poet Goethe, who fell in love with her. She rejected him and instead married Johann Christian Kestner, a diplomat and art collector. In Goethe's novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, the character of Lotte is in part based on her. Their relationship was characterized by heartiness and lack of constraint. Goethe bought the wedding rings for her and Kestner, in Frankfurt am Main. Charlotte Kestner had four daughters and eight sons, among them August Kestner. She died on 16 January 1828 in Hanover.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Sophie & Co: bedeutende Frauen Hannovers : biographische Portriats" by Hiltrud Schroeder (Fackelträger, 1990), p. 64: "Am 11. Januar 1753 ließ es der Kastnereiverwalter Heinrich Adam Buff in das Kirchenbuch Wetzlars eintragen und wiederholte es eigenhändig im Familienbuch, daß ihm morgens zwischen vier und fünf Uhr eine zweite Tochter geboren worden sei und man sie zwei Tage später auf die Namen der Patinnen Charlotte, Sophia, Henriette getauft habe."

Translation: On January 11, 1753 the Kastnereiverwalter Heinrich Adam Buff entered in the parish register of Wetzlar and repeated it by hand in the family book that in the morning between four and five o'clock his second daughter was born and two days later she was baptized with the names of the godmothers Charlotte, Sophia, Henriette.

Same data and sources in "Euphorion, Volume 19" (C.C. Buchner, 1912), p. 346.


  • Vocation : Beauty : Other Beauty (Goethe's muse)