Countess Palatine Dorothea Catherine of Birkenfeld-Bischweiler

Countess Palatine Dorothea Catherine of Birkenfeld-Bischweiler
Spouse(s) John Louis, Count of Nassau-Ottweiler
Noble family Wittelsbach
Father Christian I, Count Palatine of Birkenfeld-Bischweiler
Mother Magdalene Catherine, Countess Palatine of Zweibrücken
Born (1634-07-03)3 July 1634
Died 7 December 1715(1715-12-07) (aged 81)

Countess Palatine Dorothea Catherine of Birkenfeld-Bischweiler (born 3 July 1634 in Bischweiler; died: 7 December 1715 in Neunkirchen) was a Countess Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld-Bischweiler by birth and, by marriage, Countess of Nassau-Ottweiler.


Dorothea Catherine was a daughter of the Count Palatine Christian I of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld-Bischweiler (1598–1654) from his first marriage with Magdalene Catherine (1606–1648), daughter of the Count Palatine John II of Zweibrücken.

She married in 1649 in Bischweiler with Count John Louis of Nassau-Ottweiler (1625–1690), the founder of the line Nassau-Ottweiler.

After her husband's death Dorothea Catherine lived on her widow seat, Neunkirchen Castle[1] near Ottweiler and was active in charity. She supported the construction and maintenance of a hospital in Ottweiler by contributing substantial financial resources.


From her marriage, Dorothea Catherine had the following children:

married firstly on 28 July 1680 Countess Christiane of Ahlefeld (1659-1695)
married secondly on 27 September 1697 Countess Louise Sophie of Hanau-Lichtenberg (1662-1751)
married in 1671 to John Philip Wild- and Rhinegrave of Salm-Dhaun (1645-1693)
married on 9 April 1694 Countess Louise Amalie of Horne (1665-1728)


External links

  1. Jahresbericht [afterw.] Trierer Jahresberichte, 1858, p. 58 Online
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