Yuri Vasilevich
Prince of Uglich

Dynasty Rurikids

Yuri Vasilyevich of Uglich was born 30 October 1532 in Moscow, Russia to Vasili III Ivanovich of Russia (1479-1533) and Elena Vasilievna Glinskaya (1506-1538) and died 24 June 1563 Moscow, Russia of natural causes. He married Ulyana Dmitrievna of Palekh (c1533-1569) 3 November 1547 JL .

Yuri Vasilievich (Юрий Васильевич) (30 October 1532 – 24 June 1563) of the House of Rurik, was Prince of Uglich, and the second son of Vasily III of Russia and Elena Glinskaya, as well as being the younger brother of Ivan the Terrible. He was born deaf mute, and was thus never considered to be a candidate as heir to the Russian throne.

He was a year and a half old when his father died of a leg abscess, and six when his mother was apparently poisoned. According to letters written by his older brother Ivan, the two children customarily felt neglected and offended by the mighty boyars from the Shuisky and Belsky families. Unlike his brother who spent his spare time in learning theology, Yuri was apparently only interested in food and games. Yuri accompanied his brother during the latter's coronation as Tsar, and was later given a private residence with servants. On 16 June 1552, during the Russo-Kazan war, Yuri was given full charge of state affairs while his brother accompanied the army to Kazan. Yuri was married on 3 November 1547 to Princess Ulyana of Palekh (Paletskaya) and had a son, Vasili, in 1559. The child died 11 months later.

Yuri died three years later from natural causes. His wife was sent to the Novodevichy Convent. Yuri's property was inherited by his elder brother.

He was buried in the Cathedral of the Archangel, Moscow


  • Troyat, Henri Ivan le Terrible. Flammarion, Paris, 1982
  • de Madariaga, Isabel Ivan the Terrible. Giulio Einaudi editore, 2005


Offspring of Yuri Vasilyevich of Uglich and Ulyana Dmitrievna of Palekh (c1533-1569)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Vasili Yuryevich of Uglich (1559-1560)


Offspring of Vasili III Ivanovich of Russia (1479-1533) and Elena Vasilievna Glinskaya (1506-1538)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Ivan IV of Russia (1530-1584) 25 August 1530 Kolomenskoye, Russia 28 March 1584 Moscow, Russia
Yuri Vasilyevich of Uglich (1532-1563) 30 October 1532 Moscow, Russia 24 June 1563 Moscow, Russia Ulyana Dmitrievna of Palekh (c1533-1569)


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