August, Prince of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1747-1806)
*1747, †1806, Prince, Gotha, member of the Illuminati under the code name Walther Prince.
Freemasonry: Lodge “Cosmopolit” / “Zum Rautenkranz” / “(Ernst) zum Compaß”, Gotha, 1774
Illuminati: Aug. 28, 1787, signed a revers; Novice, Minerval, Masonic degrees, Lesser Regent or Princeps, Lesser Priest Degree or Presbyter, Illuminatus Dirigens or Scottish Knight, Illuminatus Major or Scottish Novice, Illuminatus Minor or Minervalis Illuminatus.
August, Prince von Saxe-Gotha- Altenburg (1747 Gotha, Germany – 1806 Gotha)
Order Name: Walter Furst
Prince August, a member of the House of Wettin, was the brother of the ruling duke Ernst II of Saxe-Gotha, also Illuminatus. The Saxe-Gotha Royal family became the protectors of Weishaupt after the Bavarian Elector exposed and banned the Order in 1785-87. August was insinuated in 1783 and attained the high rank of Regent in 1784.22
Prince August spent much time in Weimar and became friends with Goethe. His alias refers to Walter Furst of Swiss legend. As the story goes, Walter Furst was one of the three conspirators who sparked the revolution that gained Switzerland’s independence in the 14th century. Walter Furst’s son-in-law, William Tell, is the main instigator in the saga. Goethe, the chief advisor to the Duke of Saxe-Weimar (also Illuminatus), heard of the story during his travels and wanted to write a poem about it; but it was Schiller who, mainly from the material collected by Goethe, brought the tale to the attention of the masses in his 1804 play Wilhelm Tell.23