Vilém Kinský

Wilhelm Kinsky (Czech: Vilém Kinský z Vchynic; German: Wilhelm Graf Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau; 1574 – 25 February 1634) was a Czech Count and statesman.

The Kinsky family were members of the Bohemian aristocracy. Vilém Kinský married Alžběta Trčka z Lípy, whose brother Adam Erdmann Trčka was married with Maximiliane Harrach, a sister of Albrecht von Wallensteins wife. In 1628 Vilém Kinsky was elevated to the rank of count in the Bohemian nobility when Albrecht von Wallenstein was elevated to Duke of Frýdlant. As a rich landowner in Bohemia, Kinsky lived in exile at Dresden after the Battle of White Mountain, because he was Protestant and refused to convert to the catholic faith, unlike the Trčka family, but was allowed to visit his Bohemian estates regularly. However, together with his brother-in-law Adam Erdmann Trčka, he tried to pull Wallenstein over to the Protestant and Swedish side.

Kinsky was killed on 25 February 1634 at Cheb, together with Trčka, during the Eger Bloodbath, as part of the plot to assassinate Field Marshal of the Imperial Army Albrecht von Wallenstein during the Thirty Years' War. His estates, among them Teplice, were confiscated by Emperor Ferdinand II.

One of his descendants, Oktavian Kinsky, founded the Kinsky-horse breeding stud in Bohemia.

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