Henri, Duke of Elbeuf

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Duke of Elbeuf
Born(1661-07-07)7 July 1661
Hôtel d'Elboeuf, Paris, France
Died17 May 1748(1748-05-17) (aged 86)
Elboeuf, France
SpouseCharlotte de Rochechouart de Mortemart
FatherCharles III, Duke of Elbeuf
MotherÉlisabeth de La Tour d'Auvergne

Henri de Lorraine (7 August 1661–17 May 1748) was Duke of Elbeuf and member of the House of Lorraine. He succeeded his father Charles de Lorraine to the Duchy-Peerage of Elbeuf. He was also a Peer of France.


Born to Charles III, Duke of Elbeuf, and his second wife, Élisabeth de La Tour d'Auvergne, daughter of the Duke of Bouillon, member of the illustrious House of La Tour d'Auvergne. She was a niece of the vicomte de Turenne.

His younger half sister Suzanne Henriette (1686–1710) married Ferdinand Charles, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat in 1704. His paternal cousin's included Béatrice Hiéronyme de Lorraine, Abbess of Remiremont and Anne Julie de Melun, mother of the Maréchal-Prince de Soubise.

A member of the House of Guise founded by Claude, Duke of Guise,[1] he was a Prince of Lorraine as a male line descendant of René II, Duke of Lorraine.

In his youth he was not expected to succeed to the Duchy-Peerage of Elbeuf as his father had a son (another Charles, 1650–1690) from a previous marriage as well as his oldest full brother Henri Frédéric. Henri Frédéric died in 1666 aged 9 and Charles in 1690. During this time, he was styled as the prince de Lillebonne[2] and prince d'Elbeuf,[2] the latter was what he used in his marriage contract.[2]

He was married to Charlotte de Rochechouart de Mortemart, a daughter of Louis Victor de Rochechouart de Mortemart and a niece of Madame de Montespan. The two were married at the Château de Saint Germain en Laye[3] on 28 January 1677. The couple had three children, two sons and a daughter. None of his children married or had any children, his two sons died in 1705 having taken part in the War of the Spanish Succession, both dying within days of each other in Piedmont modern day Italy.

His wife died in 1729. Henri himself died at Elbeuf aged 86. The duchy of Elbeuf went to his younger brother Emmanuel Maurice de Lorraine.


  1. Philippe de Lorraine, Prince of Elbeuf (October 1678–18 June 1705), died at Piedmont in the War of the Spanish Succession, never married;
  2. Armande Charlotte de Lorraine, Mademoiselle d'Elboeuf (15 June 1683–18 December 1701), never married;
  3. Charles de Lorraine, Prince of Elboeuf (1 September 1685–21 June 1705), never married.

He also had two illegitimate sons by Françoise de Marsilly neither of which had issue.


References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ As the son of René II, Duke of Lorraine, he was given the Duchy of Guise as an appanage which was made a peerage by Francis I of France in 1528
  2. ^ a b c Velde, François. "The Rank/Title of Prince in France, French Heraldry and Related Topics". Retrieved 2010-03-01.
  3. ^ Then the primary residence of the court of Louis XIV who moved to Versailles officially in 1682