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Meinrad I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

Meinrad I of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen 1605 in Munich – 30 January 1681 in Sigmaringen was Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen from 1638 until his death


  • 1 Life
  • 2 Marriage and descendants
  • 3 Ancestry
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Meinrad I was the son of Johann, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen 1578–1638 and Countess Johanna of Hohenzollern-Hechingen 1581–1634 The Prince was born in Munich, where his father as president acted of the Privy Council for Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria

The Thirty Years' War had a major influence on his life When he was 17, he served in the Bavarian army He served under Tilly in the Battle of Lutter He later fought under Pappenheim against Protestant rebels in Austria He later became an influential advisor of the Duke of Bavaria

When he inherited Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen in 1638, the principality had been ravaged and depleted by the war He commissioned the renowned architect Michael Beer from Voralrberg to rebuild and modernize the castles at Sigmaringen and Haigerloch The Swedes had occupied Sigmaringen Castle in 1633 In 1633, a Catholic army Under general Gustav Horn had retake the castle, however, during the battle the eastern wing had been destroyed by fire In 1658 and 1659, Meinrad had the east wing rebuilt and combined the two buildings on the east side, which had been built by the Counts of Werdenberg He paid this construction work out of his own pocket, using funds he had inherited from his father, and his wife's fortune

He died on 30 January 1681 After his death, the county was divided, inaccordance with the provisions of Meinrad's will: his eldest son Maximilian I inherited Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen; his youngest son Franz Anton inherited Hohenzollern-Haigerloch

Marriage and descendants

Meinrad married on 7 May 1635 to Anna Marie 1613 – 12 February 1682, the daughter of Baron Ferdinand of Törring at Seefeld, with whom he had nineteen children:

  • Maximilian I 20 January 1636 – 13 August 1689, inherited Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
  • Johann Karl 17 February 1637 – April 1637
  • Maria Anna 17 March 1638 – 27 August 1638
  • Franz Ferdinand 27 November 1639 – 12 August 1662, killed in a hunting accident
  • Maria Johanna 28 March 1640 – 12 November 1707, Prioress of Inzigkofen Abbey
  • Meinrad 9 April 1641 – 25 April 1642
  • Christoph born and died 26 January 1642
  • Maria Magdalena 5 January 1643 – 27 October 1663
  • Ignaz stillborn, 22 December 1643
  • Maria Menodora 10 December 1644 – 3 December 1664, a nun in Holz
  • Maria Katharina born and died 24 November 1645
  • Maria Theresa 20 March 1647 – June 1647
  • Johann Meinrad 9 February 1648 – 11 February 1648
  • Maria Franziska 17 May 1649 – 5 September 1712, also Prioress of Inzigkofen Abbey
  • Stillborn son 6 August 1650
  • Johann Felix 30 August 1651 – 8 September 1651
  • Anna Maria 26 August 1654 – 27 August 1678, married on 13 July 1672 to Count Anton Eusebius of Koenigsegg-Aulendorf
  • Stillborn son 22 August 1655
  • Franz Anton 2 December 1657 – 14 October 1702, inherited Hohenzollern-Haigerloch, killed in action


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See also

  • House of Hohenzollern


  • E G Johler: Geschichte, Land- und Ortskunde der souverainen teutschen Fürstenthümer Hohenzollern Hechingen und Sigmaringen, Stettin'sche Buchhandlung, Ulm, 1824, p 66, Online
  • Gustav Schilling: Geschichte des Hauses Hohenzollern in genealogisch fortlaufenden Biographien aller seiner Regenten von den ältesten bis auf die neuesten Zeiten, nach Urkunden und andern authentischen Quellen, Fleischer, Leipzig, 1843, p 270 ff, online
  • Günter Schmitt: Sigmaringen, in: Günter Schmitt: Burgenführer Schwäbische Alb vol 3: Donautal Wandern und entdecken zwischen Sigmaringen und Tuttlingen, Biberacher Verlagsdruckerei, Biberach, 1990, mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-rightmw-parser-output citation mw-selflinkISBN 3-924489-50-5, p 41-62

External links

  • Family tree at the site of the Prince of Hohenzollern company
Meinrad I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen House of HohenzollernBorn: 1605 Died: 30 January 1681
Preceded by
Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Succeeded by
Maximilian I
Count of Hohenzollern-Haigerloch
Succeeded by
Franz Anton

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