Louis of Nassau, Lord of De Lek and Beverweerd

Louis at 18 months of age in 1604, by Daniël van den Queborn, 1604/5
Portrait of Louis of Nassau, Lord of den Lek and Beverweerd (1602-1665)about 1650.
Arms of Louis of Lecke, Lord of Beverweerd.

Louis of Nassau, Lord of De Lek and Beverweerd (1602 – 28 February 1665) was a Dutch soldier. He was the illegitimate son of Margaretha van Mechelen and Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, and so a collateral member of the House of Orange-Nassau. He was a Lord of the heerlijkheid De Lek and Beverweerd. From his father he inherited the estate of Beverweerd; and when his older brother Willem died in 1627 he inherited his estate as well.[1]


He joined the army which had claimed his brother William's life and served with distinction in 1629 in the battle near Den Bosch. In 1632 he was advanced to Colonel and after 1635 was in charge of a regiment. In 1640 during the battle for Hulst he prevented the cannons from falling into enemy hands. In the same year he was sent to Paris to advise the French king of the forthcoming marriage of the 14-year-old William II of Orange to the 9-year-old English Princess Mary Stuart. Also, when the young Prince proceeded to England to fetch his bride, he was accompanied by Louis of Nassau. In 1643 he became General-Major and Governor of the city of Bergen-op-Zoom.

Despite his mother's objections he married Isabella van Hornes in the spring of 1630 and from this marriage ten children were born. Lodewijk was highly regarded by his uncle, Prince Frederick Henry, and took part in the Prince's family life.

Louis was originally a supporter of his next of kin, the Princes of Orange. After the death of William II he made his peace with the anti-Orangist regents of the cities of the Dutch Republic and worked with the administration of Johan de Witt, becoming First Noble of Holland. In 1658 Louis of Nassau became Governor of Den Bosch and in 1660 was sent as a special ambassador to England. In addition to his representing the Dutch republic, two of his daughters were married to British noblemen. Emilia married the heir of the Duke of Ormonde and Elisabeth the Earl of Arlington, one of King Charles II's ministers. By 1662 he had forged an apparently strong relationship between England and the Dutch republic and returned to Holland where he died on 28 February 1665. [2]

Marriage and children

He married Countess Isabella of Hornes in the spring of 1630, and had ten children.

He and Countess Isabella had three surviving sons:

He also had seven daughters of whom the two eldest were:

His descendants are buried in the family crypt at Ouderkerk aan den IJssel

William I "the Silent"
(1533-1584), Prince of Orange 1544, Stadholder of Holland, Zealand & Utrecht, assassinated by Spanish agent]]

(1567–1625), Prince of Orange,1618, Stadholder of Holland, Zealand, Utrecht, etc.

Margaretha van Mechelen
(c. 1580 – 1662)
William of Nassau
"chevalier de Nassau",
lord of de Lek
Louis of Nassau
(1602– 1665)
Lord of De Lek and Beverweerd
Isabella van Hornes
Willem Jonker van Nassau
Maurits Lodewijk van Nassau
lord of den Lecq
William Adrian of Nassau
lord of Odijk
Elisabeth of Nassau
(1633 – 1718)
married Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington
(1635 – 1688)
married Thomas Butler, 6th Earl of Ossory
(~ 1638 - 1688)
married Aelbert van Ruytenburgh
Henry of Nassau
(1640– 1708)
lord of Ouwerkerk
count of Nassau, 1679
Master of the Horse to William III of England
general, and commander of Dutch troops under Duke of Marlborough's
William of Nassau
Barbara of Nassau
Alida of Nassau
John of Nassau
Maurits Lodewijk of Nassau
lord of den Lek
Lodewijk Adriaan of Nassau
lord of Odijk
Elisabeth Wilhelmina of Nassau
married her cousin Maurits Lodewijk II van Nassau-LaLecq
Charlotte of Nassau
married her cousin Willem Maurits van Nassau-Ouwerkerk
Isabella of Nassau
married Charles Granville, 2nd Earl of Bath
Lodewijk van Nassau
Lucia van Nassau
Henry of Nassau
1st earl of Grantham
Cornelis van Nassau
lord of Woudenberg
Willem Maurits van Nassau
lord of Ouwerkerk
married his cousin Charlotte of Nassau
Frans van Nassau
Lucia Anna van Nassau
married Nanfan Coote, 2nd Earl of Bellomont
Willem Hendrik van Nassau
lord of Ouderkerk
Anna Isabella van Nassau
married Mattheus Hoeufft Jr.
Hendrik Carel van Nassau
lord of Beverweerd and Odijk
Lodewijk Theodoor van Nassau
Jan Nicolaas Floris van Nassau
lord of Ouderkerk
Alida Cornelia van Nassau
Willem Adriaan II van Nassau
(1704 – 1759)
graaf van Nassau, lord of Odijk, vrijheer van Bergen (1708)
Henry of Nassau
(1697 – 1718)
Viscount Boston,1698
Thomas of Nassau
(1700 – 1730)
Viscount Boston,1718
Frances of Nassau
married Captain (later Lieutenant-Colonel) William Elliot of Wells
Emilia Mary of Nassau
Henrietta de Nassau
married William Clavering-Cowper, 2nd Earl Cowper
William Henry
Francoise Henriette
Catherina Elisabeth Wilhelmina van Nassau
Lodewijk Theodoor II van Nassau
lord of de Lek, lord of Ouderkerk (1762-1773)
Jan Floris van Nassau
lord of de Lek, lord of Ouderkerk
Louise Suzanna van Nassau
(1726 – 1803)
married Frederik Christoffel graaf van Degenfeld-Schönburg (1721 – 1781)
Willem Lodewijk van Nassau
(1727 - 1792)
vrijheer van Bergen
Wigbold Adriaan van Nassau
(1729 – 1797)
lord of Odijk,etc. and vrijheer van Bergen
Jan Floris Hendrik Carel van Nassau
count of Nassau-la Lecq


  1. van der Pas, Leo. "Lodewijk van Nassau Heer van Beverweerd". Lodewijk van Nassau Heer van Beverweerd. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  2. Rowen, Herbert H. (1978). John de Witt, grand pensionary of Holland, 1625-1672. Princeton University Press.

References: See: Reinildis van Ditzhuyzen, Oranje-Nassau: Een biografisch woordenboek, Haarlem 2004, 171-173 (with a portrait, ca. 1650)

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