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Albret Skeel
Portrait of Albret Skeel at the Frederiksborg Museum

In office
Monarch Christian IV
Preceded by ?
Succeeded by ?
Personal details
Born (1572-11-23)November 23, 1572
Died April 9, 1639(1639-04-09) (aged 66)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Nationality Danish
Profession Courtier, military officer

Albret Skeel (23 November 1572 – 9 April 1639) was a Danish nobleman who held the office of Admiral of the Realm from 1616 to 1623.

Early life and travels

The son of Privy Councillor Christian Skeel, Albret Skeel was born at Fussingø on 23 November 1572. He attended Viborg School from the age of 9 and until 1585 when he was sent abroad to further his education, studying in Strasbourg, Padova and Sienna before returning home by way of France and England.[1]

Back in Denmark, Skeel was appointed squire at King Christian IV's court. In 1597 he escorted the king on his journey to Brandenburg to marry Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, and the following year the king's brother, Duke Ulrik, on a journey to France, England and Scotland. In 1599 he was appointed royal cup-bearer and over the next few years accompanied the king on several more journeys.[1]

In war and politics

In 1616, after distinguishing himself in the Kalmar War from 1511 to 1513, he was appointed as Admiral of the Realm and a member of the Privy Council.[2] In 1618 he was sent on a mission to Gottorp and in 1620 to Bremen and that same year he commanded a fleet in the North Sea.

In the 1620 he embarked on criticism of Christian IV's foreign policies and, after a confrontation with the king, was forced to resign.[3]

In 1629 he was a commissioner at the peace negotiations at Lübeck, and in 1631 and 1632 he was present at the Swedish peace negotiations at Lübeck.

He died on 9 April 1639 and is buried at Ribe Cathedral.


Skeel held Riberhus in fee from 1601 to 1627 and again from 1628 to 1639. He acquired Katholm Manor in 1616.


He had the following children:

  • Christen Skeel, b. 27 July 1603, Riberhus, d. 30 March 1659, Copenhagen
  • Christoffer Skeel, b. 24 November 1604, Riberhus, d. 16 June 1622, Tübingen Baden-Württemberg
  • Otte Skeel, b. 29 November 1605, Riberhus, d. 26 May 1644, Gjorslev Manor
  • Anne Albretsdatter Skeel, b. 24 Feb 1607, Riberhus, d. 1662
  • Margrethe Albretsdatter Skeel, b. 1626, Riberhus, d. 19 July 1647, Odense


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Rigsadmiral Albret Skeel" (in Danish). Skeel & Kannegaard Genealogy. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  2. "Albret Skeel" (in Danish). Stamtavler over danske adelsslægter. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  3. "Albret Skeel" (in Danish). Gyldendal. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 

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