John III of Egmont
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John III of Egmont (or Egmond) (Hattem, April 3, 1438 – Egmond, August 21, 1516) was first Count of Egmont, Lord of Baer, Lathum, Hoogwoude, Aarstwoude, Purmerend, Purmerland and Ilpendam, and Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland and West-Friesland.
John was a son of William II of Egmont and Walburga van Meurs.
As his father, he supported the pro-Burgundian party in the battle for controle of Guelders. When Charles the Bold came to power in Guelders, John was made bailiff of West-Friesland and governor of Arnhem in 1474.
For his role in the Hook and Cod wars, Maximilian of Austria made him Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland and West-Friesland in 1483, a function he held until 1515. He also became Knight in the order of the Golden Fleece.
Some portraits of John of Egmont are kept in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Centraal Museum of Utrecht. A diptych, painted by the Master of Alkmaar, is kept in the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York.
Marriage and Children
John married in 1484 with Magdalena van Werdenburg, a cousin of Maximilian of Austria, and had 10 children, amongst whom:
- Walburga of Egmont (1490–1529), first wife of William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, father of William of Orange.
- John IV (1499–1528), his successor.
- George (ca. 1504 - 1559), Bishop of Utrecht.