John III, Lord of Mecklenburg

John III, Lord of Mecklenburg (after 1266 – 27 May 1289 at Poel) was co-ruler of Mecklenburg from 1287 until his death. He was the son of Henry I and his wife Anastasia of Pomerania. From 1287 to 1289, he ruled Mecklenburg jointly with his elder brother Henry II, under the regency of their uncle NIcholas III.

John III, Lord of Mecklenburg
Bornafter 1266
Died(1289-05-27)27 May 1289
BuriedFranciscan monastery in Wismar
Noble familyHouse of Mecklenburg
Spouse(s)Helena of Rügen
FatherHenry I, Lord of Mecklenburg
MotherAnastasia of Pomerania

John III drowned off the island of Poel on 27 May 1289 and was buried in the Franciscan monastery in Wismar.

Marriage and issueEdit

On 3 November 1288, he married Helena (d. 9 August 1315), the daughter of Wizlaw II, Prince of Rügen. John and Helena had one daughter:

  • Luitgard (c. 1289 – 1352), married in 1302 to Count Gerhard II of Hoya

See alsoEdit


  • Georg Christian Friedrich Lisch: Helena von Rügen, Gemahlin des Fürsten Johann III. von Meklenburg, in: Jahrbücher des Vereins für Mecklenburgische Geschichte und Altertumskunde, vol. 25, 1860, p. 61-71, Online

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