Nicholas I, Count of Tecklenburg

Nicholas I of Tecklenburg (also known as Nicholas III of Schwerin; died: 1367) was a son of Gunzelin VI, Count of Schwerin and Richardis, the daughter of Count Otto IV of Tecklenburg. In 1328, he succeeded his uncle, Count Otto V of Tecklenburg, as count of Tecklenburg-Ibbendüren and count of Lingen and Cloppenburg. He was initially considered an outsider, however, he managed to prove himself capable of the job.

Nicholas I, Count of Tecklenburg
Noble familyHouse of Hagen
Spouse(s)Helena of Oldenburg-Wildeshausen-Altbruchhausen
FatherGunzelin VI, Count of Schwerin
MotherRichardis of Tecklenburg

He was elected captain of Osnabrück, to establish law and order, despite weak rule by the bishop. In 1350, he lost some territory to the bishop of Osnabrück, including Fuurstenau, Schwagsdorf and Berge. However, he acquired Altbruchhausen from his father-in-law, although he later had to abdicate there, due to his high debts.

Nicholas inherited the County of Schwerin from his brother Otto I in 1357. However, in 1358, he sold it to Mecklenburg.

Marriage and issueEdit

Nicholas married Helena, the daughter of Count Otto of Oldenburg-Wildeshausen-Altbruchhausen. They had two children:

  • Otto VI (died: 1388)
  • Richardis, married Count Otto III of Oldenburg-Dolmenhorst (died: 1418).
Nicholas I, Count of Tecklenburg
House of Schwerin
 Died: 1367
Preceded by
Otto V
Count of Tecklenburg
Succeeded by
Otto VI
Preceded by
Otto I
Count of Schwerin
Succeeded by
Albert II
as Duke of Mecklenburg