The wounding of Alexander of Courland in the storm on Buda

Alexander of Courland (German: Alexander von Kurland) (18 October 1658 – 28 June 1686), nicknamed "Alexander the One-armed", was a Baltic German prince and the brother of Duke Frederick (II) Casimir of Courland. He was the youngest son of Jakob Kettler (1610–1682), Duke of Courland and his wife Luise Charlotte von Brandenburg (1617–1676), eldest daughter of Prince elector Georg Wilhelm von Brandenburg.[1] He was a member of the Kettler dynasty.

Alexander served as an Oberst in a regiment of the Brandenburg-Prussian Army. On 26 July 1686, he was mortally wounded in the second siege of Buda during the Ottoman wars and died shortly afterwards near Vienna.


  1. ^ "The Family Vault of the Dukes of Courland". Rundāle Palace. Retrieved 20 February 2020.