Saturday, February 7, 2009

Henri's Parents

Portraits of Catherine de Senarclens and Albert de Buren, Baron de Vaumarcus.

Interesting Historical Tidbit:
Catherine's Brother was Baron August de Senarclens de Grancy.

He became Grand Master of stables of the Grand Duke of Hesse, Major General, Knight of Honor and Devotion in the Order of Malta. It is also likely that he was the biological father of four of his employer's wife's children and, thus, an ancestor of the current King of Spain and the current heir apparent to the throne of the United Kingdom.

Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse, bought the area of Heiligenberg near Jugenheim in 1820 for his chamberlain, Senarclens de Grancy, to live, and after the acquisition Grand Duchess WilhelminaTsar Nicholas I and Queen Victoria. no longer lived with her spouse. Senarclens's identity as the father of the later children of Wilhelmina of Baden was strongly suspected: correspondence detailing this involved many government ministers, ambassadors and sovereigns.

By Wilhelmina, he is believed to have fathered four children:

* Infant (b&d 1820)
* Princess Elizabeth of Hesse-Darmstadt (1821-1826)
* Prince Alexander of Hesse-Darmstadt (1823-1888)
* Princess Marie of Hesse-Darmstadt (1824-1880)

Alexander and Marie were the only two to survive childhood and were deemed to be the legal children of Wilhelmina's husband, Grand Duke Louis II. They are ancestors of the later Tsars of Russia, as well as the Battenbergs (now known as the Mountbattens).

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