Dorothea Friederike of Brandenburg-Ansbach

Dorothea Friederike of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Born (1676-08-12)12 August 1676
Died 13 March 1731(1731-03-13) (aged 54)
Spouse Johann Reinhard III of Hanau-Lichtenberg
Father John Frederick of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Mother Johanna Elisabeth of Baden-Durlach

Dorothea Friederike of Brandenburg-Ansbach (12 August 1676,[1] Ansbach 13 March 1731, Hanau) was the daughter of Margrave John Frederick of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1654 1686) and his first wife, Margravine Johanna Elisabeth of Baden-Durlach (1651 1680). She was a half-sister of Queen Caroline of Great Britain, the wife of King George II

Alliance coat of arms of Johann Reinhard III of Hanau-Lichtenberg and Frederike Dorothea of Brandenburg-Ansbach, faience from Ansbach, probably made in 1724 on the occasion of their silver wedding

On 20 (or 30) August 1699, Dorothea Friederike Count married Johann Reinhard III of Hanau-Lichtenberg.[2] She was the last Countess of Hanau. The marriage produced one daughter: Charlotte Christine Magdalene Johanna (1700 1726). Charlotte was the sole heiress of the county of Hanau and married on 5 April 1717 Crown Prince Louis VIII of Hesse-Darmstadt (1691 1768).

Friederike Dorothea died on 13 March 1731 and was buried on 17 or 25 March 1731[3] in the family vault of the Hanau counts in the St. John's Church (Hanau) (currently known as Old St. John's Church) in Hanau.[4] The tomb was largely destroyed in the bombing of the Second World War.



  1. there are 7 documents relating to her birthdays in the 1715-1719 time frame in Hessian State Archive in Marburg, file 15, box 242, No. 9
  2. for the dower, see: Hessian State Archive in Marburg, file: 81, government Hanau A45,1
  3. Suchier, grave monuments, p. 53
  4. funeral sermons for her burial found in the Hessian State Archives, Marburg, file: Coll 15, Box 242, No. 5 and 6; anonymous: The wonderful but blessed ways of the Lord. Reference: Lenz, No. 172; anonymous.The joyful courage a heavenly-minded soul Hanau 1731. Reference: Hanau City Library - Dept. Hanau-Hessen, Signature: I e 2 F 4
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