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Baron Aschwin of Sierstorpff-Cramm

Baron Aschwin of Sierstorpff-Cramm
Spouse Baroness Hedwig of Sierstorpff-Driburg
Issue Hedwig, Countess Wilhelm of Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff
Princess Armgard of Lippe-Biesterfeld
Full name
German: Aschwin Thedel Adalbert
Father Adolf of Cramm
Mother Hedwig of Cramm
Born (1846-03-29)29 March 1846
Lohndorf, Kingdom of Bavaria
Died 14 October 1909(1909-10-14) (aged 63)
Reckenwalde, Kingdom of Prussia

Baron Aschwin of Sierstorpff-Cramm (German: Freiherr Aschwin von Sierstorpff-Cramm; 29 March 1846 – 14 October 1909) was the maternal grandfather of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, Prince consort of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.

Early life

Aschwin of Cramm was born at the village of Lohndorf in the Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire, third child and first son of Adolf of Cramm (1812–1879), and his wife, Hedwig of Cramm (1819–1891).


Aschwin married in 24 September 1872 at Bad Driburg to Baroness Hedwig of Sierstorpff-Driburg (1848–1900), member of a Prussian noble family, she was daughter of Count Ernst of Sierstorpff-Driburg, and his wife, Baroness Karoline of Vincke.

They had four daughters:

  • Hedwig (10 January 1874 – 21 January 1907), married in 1896 to Count Wilhelm of Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff, had issue.
  • Wanda (9 August 1879 – 1960), married in 1900 to Max von Krieger, had issue.
  • Erika (1880–1915), married to Caspar von der Marwitz, had issue.
  • Armgard (18 December 1883 – 27 April 1971), married in 1905 to Count Bodo of Oeynhausen, divorced in 1908, no issue; Married secondly in 1909 to Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, had issue.

In 1881, Aschwin added the last name of his wife (Sierstorpff) to his own.


Aschwin was hereditary chamberlain of the Duke of Brunswick. Later he served as Master of the Horse where he met with the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. He settled on his estate of Reckenwalde, Province of Brandenburg (now Wojnowo, Poland).


Notes and sources

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Nederlands WorldHeritage.
  • Genealogics - Leo van de Pas - Freiherr Aschwin von Sierstorpff-Cramm
  • Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser, Reference: 1964 548
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