Albert III, Count of Gorizia

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Albert III (1338-1365)[1], a member of the House of Gorizia (Meinhardiner dynasty), ruled as Count of Gorizia from 1338 until his death.

Albert III
Count of Gorizia
Grafschaft Görz.svg
Diedc. 1374
Noble familyMeinhardiner
Catherine of Celje
FatherAlbert II of Gorizia
MotherElisabeth of Hesse


Albert III was a son of Count Albert II of Gorizia (1261–1325) and his first wife Elizabeth, a daughter of Landgrave Henry I of Hesse. From 1329 to 1338, he served as governor of Gorizia, Friuli, and Istria for his minor nephew Count John Henry IV.

In 1338, he inherited the County of Gorizia (Görz) upon the early death of John Henry IV. Albert ruled jointly with his younger half-brothers Henry V and Meinhard VI. In 1339, they agreed that Albert would be the sole count palatine of Carinthia. Three years later, he waived his rights to Gorizia and went on to rule in Istria (Mitterburg) and in the Windic March, including County of Metlika.

Albert III married a noblewomen named Helen and later, in 1353, with Catherine, a daughter of Count Frederick I of Celje. Both marriages were childless. Shortly before his death about 1374, Albert bequested his vast Istrian and Carniolan possessions to the Habsburg duke Rudolf IV of Austria. The remaining Gorizia estates were inherited by his surviving half-brother Meinhard VI, who was elevated to a Prince of the Holy Roman Empire by Emperor Charles IV.


  1. ^ "Albert-3-Graf von Görz + um 1365". Retrieved 2020-02-09.
Albert III, Count of Gorizia
House of Gorizia (Meinhardiner)
 Died: c. 1365
Preceded by
John Henry IV
Count of Gorizia
With: Henry V and
Meinhard VI
Succeeded by
Meinhard VI