Margrave Albert Frederick of Brandenburg-Schwedt

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Albert Frederick of Brandenburg-Schwedt
Markgraf Albrecht Friedrich.jpg
Spouse(s) Maria Dorothea of Courland
Noble family House of Hohenzollern
Father Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg
Mother Sophia Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Born (1672-01-24)24 January 1672
Berlin
Died 21 June 1731(1731-06-21) (aged 59)
Friedrichsfelde Palace

Albert Frederick, Prince of Prussia, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt (born 24 January 1672 in Berlin; died: 21 June 1731 at Friedrichsfelde Palace), was a Lieutenant General in the army of the Electorate of Brandenburg-Prussia and Grand Master of the Order of Saint John. In his lifetime he held the courtesy title of Margrave of Brandenburg. His elder brother Philip William held the town and lands of Schwedt.

Life[edit]

Albert Frederick was a son of Elector Frederick William of Brandenburg and his second wife Sophia Dorothea. His brother Philip William was from 1692 to 1711 Governor of Magdeburg. Albrecht Frederick joined the Prussian army as a volunteer in 1689, at the beginning of the War of the Palatine Succession against France. On 10 May 1692 he became head of a cavalry regiment and on 14 March 1693, he was promoted to Major General. In 1694 he participated in the campaign in Italy and was on 9 March 1695, he was promoted to Lieutenant General. The Margrave became in 1696 Grand Master of the Order of Saint John (Bailiwick of Brandenburg) and, on 17 January 1701, one of the first knights of the Order of the Black Eagle.

Beginning 14 February 1702 he fought against France as head of an infantry regiment in the War of Spanish Succession as the commander of the Prussian corps in the Netherlands. In November of that year he had to leave this post because of illness. In 1706, he was appointed Governor in Pomerania.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 31 October 1703 Albert Frederick married with Princess Maria Dorothea (1684–1743), daughter of Duke Frederick Casimir Kettler of Courland. They had the following children:

married in 1723 Duke William Henry of Saxe-Eisenach (1691-1741)
  • Luise Wilhelmine (1709–1726)
  • Frederick (1710–1741), died in the Battle of Mollwitz as a Prussian colonel
  • Sophie Fredericka Albertine (1712–1750)
married in 1733 Prince Victor Frederick of Anhalt-Bernburg (1700-1765)

References[edit]

  • Kurt von Priesdorff (ed): Soldatisches Führertum, Hanseatische Verl.-Anst., Hamburg, 1937, vol. 1, p. 53 ff
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.
Margrave Albert Frederick of Brandenburg-Schwedt
Born: 24 January 1672 Died: 21 June 1731
Preceded by
Charles Philip
Herrenmeister (Grand Master) of the Order of Saint John
1696-1731
Succeeded by
Charles Albert