William of Orange

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William of Orange Gender: M
Willem van Oranje
born on 24 April 1533 Jul.Cal. (4 May 1533 greg.) at 02:45 (= 02:45 AM )
Place Dillenburg, Germany, 50n44, 8e17
Timezone LMT m8e17 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 12°57' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 08°16 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 13°08'

William of Orange (by Adriaen Thomasz Key, ca. 1570–84)


Dutch royalty, the man known as "Father of the Netherlands," as he devoted his life to uniting the provinces to become free of the Spanish.

One of 17 kids of a minor family in the aristocracy, the House of Nassau. When a cousin died, by default he unexpectedly inherited the principality of Orange in south France, 1544. Representing the common man, in 1555 he was stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland and Utrecht. Opposing the repression of the Netherlands by Philip II of Spain, William helped form the Gueux Party in 1566. The Duke of Alba was sent to put down the rebellion in 1567 while William, in exile, raised an army to drive the Spanish out.

William had four marriages; the first wife died, the second was an alcoholic who gave him a child before they divorced. The third match was political, and he was again widowed. His fourth wife left a nunnery to marry him as it was a love match, and they had a family.

In 1576 the provinces of the Netherlands united but three years later William was forced to seek the aid of Francis, Duke of Alencon and Anjou. King Philip II put a price on William's head in 1581 and he was assassinated by Balthasar Gerard who shot him to death with a pistol shot in the chest on 10 July 1584, 2:00 PM, Delft, Netherlands.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Gain social status 1544 (Principality of Orange)
  • Work : Gain social status 1555 (Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland and Utrecht)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1566 (Gueux Party)
  • Social : Joined group 1567 (Raised an army to drive out Duke of Alba)
  • Work : Gain social status 1576 (United the provinces of the Netherlands)
  • Social : Secret activity 1581 (King Philip II puts price on his head)
  • Death by Homicide 10 July 1584 (greg.) at 02:00 AM in Delft, Netherlands (Assassinated, age 51)
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Source Notes

Dr. Lynn Hawley quotes Cicily Veronica Wedgwood, "William the Silent," published 1944, p.9, noted as his father's notation in the family bible, "A son was born on Thursday April 24, 1533 between two and three in the morning, nearer to three." (April 24, 1533 OS)


  • Family : Childhood : Family large (One of 17)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage - Very happy (Last marriage a love match)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Chronic misery (Second wife alcoholic)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (Twice)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Homicide victim (Assassinated by gunshot)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (Netherlands)