Saxe-Meiningen

Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen
Herzogtum Sachsen-Meiningen
State of the Holy Roman Empire,
State of the Confederation of the Rhine,
State of the German Confederation,
State of the North German Confederation,
State of the German Empire
Saxe-Gotha
1680–1918 Free State of Saxe-Meiningen
Flag Coat of arms
Anthem
Vaterlandsgesang der Sachsen-Meininger
Saxe-Meiningen within the German Empire
Capital Meiningen
Government Principality
Duke
 - 1675–1706 Bernhard I
 - 1914–18 Bernhard III
Historical era Middle Ages
 - Partitioned from
   Saxe-Gotha
1680
 - Acquired
   Saxe-Hildburghausen
1826
 - Duchy abolished 1918
 - Merged into Thuringia 1920
Area
 - 1905 2,468 km2 (953 sq mi)
Population
 - 1905 est. 269,000 
     Density 109 /km2  (282.3 /sq mi)

The Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen was one of the Saxon duchies held by the Ernestine line of the Wettin dynasty, located in the southwest of the present-day German state of Thuringia.

Schloss Elisabethenburg, Meiningen

Established in 1681,[1] by partition of the Ernestine duchy of Saxe-Gotha among the seven sons of deceased Duke Ernest the Pious, the Saxe-Meiningen line of the House of Wettin lasted, without much distinction, until the end of the German monarchies in 1918.

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History

Upon the 1680 partition, the former Franconian lands of the extinct House of Henneberg fell to Ernest's third son, Bernhard, who chose the town of Meiningen as his residence and thereby became the first Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. From 1682 Duke Bernhard I had the Schloss Elisabethenburg built and in 1690 established a court orchestra (Hofkapelle), whose later Kapellmeister was Johann Ludwig Bach.

Ernestine duchies: Saxe-Meiningen territories from 1826

In the reshuffle of Ernestine territories that occurred following the extinction of the Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg line upon the death of Duke Frederick IV in 1825, Duke Bernhard II of Saxe-Meiningen received the lands of the former Duchy of Saxe-Hildburghausen as well as the Saalfeld territory of the former Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld duchy. As Bernhard II had supported Austria in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, the prime minister of victorious Prussia, Otto von Bismarck enforced his resignation in favour of his son Georg II, after which Saxe-Meiningen was admitted to join the North German Confederation.

In the German Revolution after World War I Duke Bernhard III, brother-in-law of Emperor Wilhelm II, on 10 November 1918 was forced to abdicate. The succeeding Free State of Saxe-Meiningen was merged into the new state of Thuringia in 1920.

In 1905 the capital Meiningen had an area of 2,468 km² and a population of 269,000. The summer residence was at Altenstein Castle. Since 1868 the duchy comprised the Kreise (districts) of Hildburghausen, Sonneberg and Saalfeld as well as the northern exclaves of Camburg and Kranichfeld.

The present head of the Ducal House of Saxe-Meiningen is Prince Frederick Konrad (born 1952). Since he has no heir, the representation of his house, after its extinction, will pass to the Head of the Grand Ducal House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.

Dukes of Saxe-Meiningen

Dukedom abolished in 1918

Restored boundary stone near Ellingshausen at the border with the Schleusingen district, from 1816 part of Prussian Saxony

Heads of the Ducal House of Saxe-Meiningen, post-monarchy

References

  1. ^  "Saxe-Meiningen". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 

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