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Margrave Albert Frederick of Brandenburg-Schwedt

Albert Frederick, Prince of Prussia, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt (24 January 1672 in Berlin – 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.

Albert Frederick of Brandenburg-Schwedt
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Born(1672-01-24)24 January 1672
Died21 June 1731(1731-06-21) (aged 59)
Friedrichsfelde Palace
Noble familyHohenzollern
Spouse(s)Maria Dorothea of Courland
FatherFrederick William, Elector of Brandenburg
MotherSophia Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg


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 issueEdit

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


  • Kurt von Priesdorff (ed): Soldatisches Führertum, Hanseatische Verl.-Anst., Hamburg, 1937, vol. 1, p. 53 ff
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
Succeeded by
Charles Albert