Christian Everhard, Prince of East Frisia

Christian Everhard, Prince of East Frisia

Christian Everhard, Prince of East Frisia
Spouse(s) Eberhadine Sophie of Oettingen-Oettingen
Noble family Cirksena
Father George Christian, Prince of East Frisia
Mother Christine Charlotte of Württemberg
Born (1665-10-01)1 October 1665
Died 30 June 1708(1708-06-30) (aged 42)

Prince Christian Everhard of East Frisia (1 October 1665, Esens – 30 June 1708, Aurich) was a Prince of East Frisia from the House of Cirksena from the day he was born in 1665, but remained under guardianship until 1690.


Before taking office, he had spent much time abroad. Unlike some other members of the Cirksena family, he had few disputes with the Estates of East Frisia. He took over government in 1690 from his mother, who had administered the country until then as his guardian and regent. He quickly settled some disputes with the Estates and thus consolidated the peace. This gave him his nickname "the peaceable".

Christian Everhard was considered prudent, tolerant, and pious. Like his mother, he allowed the presence of the Reformed Church, although he himself was Lutheran. He agreed an inheritance treaty with the Guelph elector Ernest Augustus of Brunswick-Lüneburg. However, the Emperor rejected this treaty, so it never came into force. Instead, the Emperor accepted a claim by Brandenburg and ruled that if the Cirksena family were to die out, Brandenburg would inherit East Frisia. Based on this ruling, Prussia occupied East Frisia when the Cirksena died out in 1744.

Christian Everhard had always been sickly since childhood, and was therefore always accompanied on his travels by his personal physician, Eberhard Bacmeister. He died at a young age, like many Cirksena. He died in 1708 and was succeeded by his second son George Albert.

Marriage and issue

Prince Christian Everhard was married to Eberhadine Sophie of Oettingen-Oettingen (born: 16 August 1666; died 30 October 1700), a daughter of Albert Ernst I of Oettingen-Oettingen. The couple had the following children:

married on 31 December 1728 in Rudolstadt with Prince Frederick Anton of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (born: 14 August 1692; died: 1 September 1744). The marriage remained childless
married on 10 April 1709 Frederick Ulrich of East Frisia (born: 31 December 1667; died: 13 March 1710), son of Count Ferdinand Edzard of East Frisia. They had one daughter :
  • Christine Louise of East Frisia, Heiress of Criechingen, Püttingen and Rollingen (born: 1 February 1710; died: 12 May 1732)
married on 14 August 1726 Johann Ludwig Adolph of Wied-Runkel (born: 30 May 1705; died: 18 May 1762)
married firstly, on 24 September 1709 in Idstein with Countess Christiane Louise of Nassau-Wiesbaden-Idstein (born: 31 March 1691; died 13 April 1723), daughter of George August Samuel of Nassau-Wiesbaden-Idstein (1665 -1721) and Henriette Dorothea of Oettingen
married secondly, on 8 December 1723 in Berum with Sofie Caroline of Brandenburg-Kulmbach (born: 1705; died: 7 June 1764), daughter of Christian Heinrich of Brandenburg-Kulmbach
married on 17 February 1721 in Brunswick with Duke Joachim Frederick of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön (born: 9 May 1668, died: 25 January 1722)

After the death of his first wife in 1701, he married Anna Juliana of Kleinau, Lady of Sandhorst (1674–1727). They had one daughter:

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Christian Everhard, Prince of East Frisia
Born: 1 October 1665 Died: 30 June 1708
Preceded by
Christine Charlotte
as Regent
Prince of East Frisia
Succeeded by
George Albert
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