Duke Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

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Duke Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
1725 Ludwig.jpg
Portrait by the court artist
Georg David Matthieu
of Prince Louis of Mecklenburg
Born (1725-08-06)6 August 1725
Grabow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Died 12 September 1778(1778-09-12) (aged 53)
Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Spouse Princess Charlotte Sophie of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Issue Frederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Sophia Frederica, Hereditary Princess of Denmark and Norway
Full name
German: Ludwig
House House of Mecklenburg
Father Christian Ludwig II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Mother Duchess Gustave Caroline of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Duke Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (German: Herzog Ludwig von Mecklenburg-Schwerin; 6 August 1725 – 12 September 1778) was heir to the Dukedom of Mecklenburg-Schwerin from 1756 to his death. He was also the father of the first Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin Frederick Francis I

Early life

Louis was born at Grabow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, third child and second son of Christian Ludwig II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1683–1756), (son of Frederick, Duke of Mecklenburg-Grabow and Landgravine Christine Wilhelmine of Hesse-Homburg) and his wife, Duchess Gustave Caroline of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1694–1748), (daughter of Adolphus Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow).

After the death of the father in 1756, his brother Frederick succeed to the Dukedom. Since his brother remained unmarried and childless he was appointed heir, but he died in 1778, at the death of his brother in 1785 his son Frederick Francis, succeeded as the Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and later Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.


Louis married 13 May 1755 at Schwerin to Princess Charlotte Sophie of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1731–1810), daughter of Francis Josias, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and his wife, Princess Anna Sophie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.

They had one son and one daughter:

Titles and Styles

  • 6 August 1725 – 12 September 1778: His Highness Duke Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.


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