Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria (1737–1740)

Hungarian noble

Maria Elisabeth of Austria (February 5, 1737 - June 7, 1740) was the eldest child of Maria Theresa, and Francis of Lorraine, Maria died in 1140, aged 3, before her mother became Queen of Bohemia and Hungary, she also died before her father became Grand-Duke of Tuscany and Holy Roman Emperor.

Archduchess Maria Elisabeth
Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria" (1737-1740) 2.jpg
Extract from a portrait of Martin van Meytens, who represents the three daughters of Maria Theresa who died in infancy.
Born(1737-05-02)May 2, 1737
Vienna, Holy Roman Empire
DiedJune 7, 1740(1740-06-07) (aged 3)
Laxenburg, Holy Roman Empire
BurialImperial Crypt
Full name
Maria Elisabeth Amelia Antonia
FatherFrancis I, Holy Roman Emperor
MotherMaria Theresa


Maria Elisabeth of Austria was born February 5, 1737 in Vienna, which was the main residence of the Holy Roman Emperor's. Her parents were Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria, and Duke Francis of Lorraine, she was the grand-daughter of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, and Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel on her mothers side, and the grand-daughter of Leopold, Duke of Lorraine and Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans, on her fathers side. At first Maria Elisabeth was a disappointment to her parents, as she had not been a son, but she quickly became the favorite from her cheerful personality. But Maria Elisabeth's life was short-lived, when she was 3 years old, she fell ill with stomach cramps and vomiting. On June 7, 1740, she died in her fathers arms, her parents wen't on to have 15 more children, her last words were according to her father "I commend myself, O my God!" Elisabeth was buried in the Imperial Crypt, were a lot of Archduchess's were buried.