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Peter August
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
Reign 7 March 1728–24 February 1775
Spouse Princess Sophie of Hesse-Philippsthal
Natália Nikolaievna, Countess Golovine
Karl Anton August
Full name
Peter Augustus Frederick
German: Peter August Friedrich
Father Frederick Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
Mother Luise Charlotte of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
Born 7 December 1697(1697-12-07)
Königsberg, Prussia
Died 24 February 1775 (aged 77)

Peter Augustus of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck[1] (7 December 1697 in Königsberg, Prussia[1] – 24 February 1775 in Reval[1]) was the eighth Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck. Peter August was the son of Frederick Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck and his wife Duchess Luise Charlotte of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg[1].

Peter August was a governor of Estonia and general-governor of Tallinn (Reval) 1743 – 1753 and 1758 – 1775. Field Marshal General.

He was only the titular duke, because he did not inherit the domain of Beck. It had been inherited by his father's older brother, Duke August (1652–1689), and nephew Frederick William I (1682–1719), and was then sold by the latter's widow to Peter August's older brother, Duke Frederick William II (1687–1749), in 1732.[2] But he re-sold it in 1745 to Baroness Magdalena von Ledebur-Königsbrück. Thus, by the time that Peter August became the head of this cadet branch of the Danish royal dynasty, he was "Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck" in name only.[2]


Marriage and issue

Peter August married Princess Sophie of Hesse-Philippsthal, the daughter of Philip, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal and his wife Countess Catherine Amalia of Solms-Laubach[1], on 5 September 1723.[1] Sophie died on 9 May 1728 at age thirty-three.[1] Peter August and Sophie had two sons and one daughter[1]:

He married for a second time to Countess Natália Nikolaievna Golovine, daughter of Count Nicholas Fedorovich Golovin[1] and his wife Sophie Nikitovna Pushkin, on 15 March 1742.[1] The couple had two sons and one daughter[1]:

  • Prince Peter of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck (1 February 1743 – 3 January 1751)
  • Prince Alexander of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck (born and died 1744)
  • Princess Catherine of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck (23 February 1750 – 10 December 1811); grandmother of Russian Field Marshall Prince Aleksandr Baryatinskiy

Titles, styles, honours and arms


Titles and styles

  • 7 December 1697 – 21 February 1772: His Serene Highness The Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
  • 21 February 1772 – 22 September 1774: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
  • 22 September 1774 – 24 February 1775: His Serene Highness The Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Darryl Lundy (25 March 2006). "Peter August Herzog von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck". Retrieved 2008-09-04.  
  2. ^ a b Huberty, Michel; Alain Giraud, F. and B. Magdelaine (1994) (in French). L'Allemagne Dynastique Tome VII Oldenbourg. France. pp. 79, 97, 118, 141. ISBN 2-901138-07-1.  

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Peter August, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 7 December 1697 Died: 24 February 1775
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Frederick, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
7 March 1728–24 February 1775
Succeeded by
Friedrich Karl Ludwig


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