Ernest Louis of Hesse-Darmstadt (German: Ernst Ludwig) (15 December 1667 – 12 September 1739) was Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt from 1678 to 1739. His parents were Landgrave Louis VI of Hesse-Darmstadt and Elisabeth Dorothea of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1640–1709).
|Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt|
|Reign||31 August 1678 –|
12 September 1739
|Born||15 December 1667|
|Died||12 September 1739(1739-09-12) (aged 71)|
Jägersburg Castle, Einhausen
Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
|Father||Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt|
|Mother||Elisabeth Dorothea of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg|
Ernest Louis's desire to emulate the French court under Louis XIV ran his country into debt. Among those patronized in this cultural milieu were the Baroque composer Christoph Graupner and the gambist Ernst Christian Hesse; also bringing into his service architect Louis Remy de la Fosse for his extensive building program. Upon his death in 1739, his country's debt was 4 million gulden, ten times the annual revenue.