Wilhelm von Brandenburg

Wilhelm von Brandenburg (30 June 1498 – 4 February 1563) was the Archbishop of Riga from 1539 to 1561.

Wilhelm von Brandenburg
Archbishop of Riga
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Wilhelm of Brandenburg-Ansbach, the last Archbishop of Riga
ChurchRoman Catholic
Installed10 August 1539
Term ended1561
PredecessorThomas Schöning
Personal details
Born(1498-06-30)30 June 1498
Ansbach, Margraviate of Brandenburg-Ansbach, Holy Roman Empire
(now in Bavaria, Germany)
Died4 February 1563(1563-02-04) (aged 64)
BuriedRiga Cathedral

A member of the House of Hohenzollern, Wilhelm was the son of Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, the brother of Albert, Duke of Prussia, and the grandson of Albert III Achilles, Elector of Brandenburg and Casimir IV Jagiellon.

After William's administration as Prince-bishop ended during the Livonian War, Riga became a Free City (1561–1581). He died there on 4 February 1563 was buried in Riga Cathedral.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Schöning
Prince-Archbishop of Riga
Succeeded by