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John Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp

John Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp
John Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp
Spouse(s) Augusta of Denmark
Noble family House of Oldenburg
Father Adolf of Holstein-Gottorp
Mother Christine of Hesse-Kassel
Born (1575-02-27)27 February 1575
Gottorf Castle
Died 31 March 1616(1616-03-31) (aged 41)

Johann Adolf of Holstein-Gottorp (27 February 1575 – 31 March 1616) was a Duke of Holstein-Gottorp.


He was a third son of Duke Adolf of Holstein-Gottorp and his wife Christine of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel). He became the first Lutheran Administrator of the Prince-Bishopric of Lübeck (1586–1607) and the Administrator of the Prince-Archbishopric of Bremen (1589–1596). He became the Duke after the deaths of his two elder brothers. After succeeding in 1590 his father as ruling Duke the Bremian Chapter enforced his resignation in favour of his younger brother John Frederick, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp.

Family and children

He was married on 30 August 1596 to Princess Augusta of Denmark, daughter of King Frederick II of Denmark. They had the following children:

  1. Frederick III of Holstein-Gottorp (22 December 1597 – 10 August 1659).
  2. Elisabeth Sofie (12 October 1599 – 25 November 1627), married on 5 March 1621 to Duke Augustus of Saxe-Lauenburg.
  3. Adolf (15 September 1600 – 19 September 1631).
  4. Dorothea Auguste (12 May 1602 – 13 March 1682), married in 1633 to [[
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