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Barnim VI, Duke of Pomerania

Barnim VI, Duke of Pomerania

Duke of Pomerania-Wolgast
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Duke of Pomerania-Wolgast
Gender male
Death 22 September 1405 (Putnitz)
Father: Wartislaw VIDuke of Pomerania
Children: Wartislaw IXDuke of PomeraniaBarnim VIIDuke of Pomerania
The details

Barnim VI, Duke of Pomerania (c. 1365 – 22 September 1405 in Pütnitz, near Ribnitz-Damgarten) was duke of Pomerania-Wolgast from 1394 to 1405. He was the son of Wartislaw VI of Pomerania-Wolgast.
Barnim is known for his engagement in piracy. He erected a fort and a port for this purpose in Ahrenshoop, which was destroyed by Rostock in 1395. He allowed the Victual Brothers, a pirate organization assaulting vessels of the Hanseatic League in the Baltic Sea, to use the Peene river as a winter refuge and the Bay of Greifswald as a basis. In 1398, he signed a treaty with the Teutonic Knights not to further support the Victual Brothers (then also "Likedeelers"), but kept on engaging in piracy himself. On one of his expeditions, he was caught by the Hanseatic League in Kopenhagen's port. From 1400-1403, he aided the dukes of Mecklenburg-Werle in their campaigns against Lübeck. Barnim himself was wounded once at Lübeck's gates.
In 1405, Barnim died of the Black Death. To avoid this fate, he went on a pilgrimage to Kenz near Barth, but died on his way in Pütnitz (a part of today's Ribnitz-Damgarten) on 23 September 1405. He was buried in Kenz, where a large wooden statue resembling Barnim was furnished.

Marriage and issue

He married Veronica of Hohenzollern, daughter of Frederick V, Burgrave of Nuremberg, and had at least two sons:

  • Barnim VII, Duke of Pomerania
  • Wartislaw IX, Duke of Pomerania


Barnim VI, Duke of Pomerania
House of Griffins
Born: c. 1365 Died: 22 September 1405
Preceded by
Wartislaw VI
Duke of Pomerania-Wolgast
Succeeded by
Wartislaw IX

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