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William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg


William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg

William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg
William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg
Spouse(s) Walburga of Egmont
Juliane of Stolberg-Wernigerode
Noble family House of Nassau
Father John V of Nassau-Dillenburg
Mother Elisabeth of Hesse-Marburg
Born (1487-04-10)10 April 1487
Died 6 October 1559(1559-10-06) (aged 72)

William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg (nicknamed William the Rich, ; 10 April 1487 – 6 October 1559) was a count of Nassau-Dillenburg from the House of Nassau. He was not wealthy; his nickname the Rich refers to him having many children.

William was born in Dillenburg as the younger son of Count John V of Nassau-Dillenburg and Landgravine Elisabeth, daughter of Landgrave Henry III of Hesse-Marburg and Anna of Katzenelnbogen He was the brother of count Henry III of Nassau-Breda and the father of William I of Orange.

His eldest son William inherited the principality of Orange. The early House of Orange-Nassau descends from the younger William, while the later House of Orange-Nassau (and the Dutch royal family) descends from both the younger William and his younger brother John.

Family and children

William of Nassau was married twice. Firstly, he married on 29 October 1506 Countess Walburga of Egmont (29 October 1490 – March 1529), daughter of John III of Egmont. She gave him two daughters:

  1. Elisabeth ( October 1515 – 31 January 1523)
  2. Magdalene ( 6 October 1522 – 18 August 1567), married on 16 July 1538 to Count Herman of Neuenahr and Moers

After her death, he married on 20 September 1531 Countess Juliane of Stolberg-Wernigerode (15 February 1506 – 18 June 1580). They had twelve children:

  1. William I of Orange (24 April 1533 – 10 July 1584)
  2. Hermanna (b. 9 August 1534), died young
  3. John VI "The Elder" (22 November 1536 – 28 October 1606)
  4. Louis of Nassau (10 January 1538 – 14 April 1574)
  5. Maria (15 March 1539 – May 1599), married on 11 November 1556 to Count William IV of Berg-s'Heerenberg
  6. Adolf (11 July 1540 – 23 May 1568)
  7. Anna (21 September
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