Ernst, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen

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Ernst, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen Gender: M
born on 12 July 1655 Jul.Cal. (22 July 1655 greg.) at 11:15 (= 11:15 AM )
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_cancol.18.gif 29°19' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 12°22 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 13°20'

Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen Ernst (before 1679)


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

When his father died in 1675, Ernst and his six brothers jointly assumed the government of the duchy; five years later, in 1680, and under the treaty of division of the family lands, he received the towns of Hildburghausen, Eisfeld, Heldburg, Königsberg. Ernst became thereby founder and first duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen. After the death of his brothers Heinrich and Albrecht without male descendants, he took the towns of Sonnefeld and Behringen.

Ernst settled his official residence in Hildburghausen and began the building of his castle. In 1710 he approved the building in his lands of a new city of French Huguenot families, who were driven out after the Edict of Nantes from France.

As Master of Cavalry he fought in 1683 in the Battle of Vienna, and 1685 in the conquest of Gran and Neuhaeusel, after this he entered the Dutch States Army as a Colonel with the conquest of Kaiserswerth.

In the building of his new residence, Ernst acquired a serious indebtedness of the principality to his brothers, which could not be reduced even by ever larger taxations.

He was married in Arolsen on the 30 November 1680 to Sophie of Waldeck. They had five children.

He died on 17 October 1715, aged 60, in Hildburghausen.

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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. 784: "Ernst geboren Donnerstags den 12. Juli 1655 Mittags 11¼ Uhr" (Ernst was born on Thursday, 12 July 1655, at midday at 11:15 o'clock). Thursday was old style.


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Wettin)