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The Caboga (in Italian; known as Kabužić or Kaboga in Croatian), was one of the patrician families of the Republic of Ragusa. Given their considerable family size, economic power, the social and political status, they may be said to have been among the better-off noble families, one of the most recognized and oldest in Ragusa, originating from the 8th century. Many of its members were Rectors (Serbo-Croatian: knez) of the Republic. The Austrian Empire recognized its long-standing nobility in 1818 and 1833 with the grade of Count.


Vlaho Filip Count Kabužić
Henrik Count Kabužić
Hugo Seyffertitz

It cannot be said with certainty what the relationship of the family later known as Caboga was with Marina Hobužić, who was mentioned once in 1253 as a member of the Great Council (Veliko Vijeće). But all of the Caboga at the end of the 13th and from the 14th centuries spring from Džore, who is not personally mentioned in the sources and who had already died before 1282, and his wife Draga. Frequently mentioned in the records of the Dubrovnik chancellery in 1281 and 1282, however, are Draga and her sons Mihael (Miho), the cleric Dživo, as well as Marin and Vlaho. Draga, besides this, is mentioned exclusively as the "Uxor quondam Georgii de Disica", and her sons primarily as the "filii qu. Džore Dišić" At the same time, her sons Mihajlo, Dživo, the priest, and Marin are mentioned under the name Kaboga. Mihajlo is explicitly mentioned several times as the son of Džore Kaboga.[1]

Vlaho, the youngest brother, is mentioned in the books of Dubrovnik's chancellery later, after the name Caboga took hold and the name Dišić was no longer being used. In 1297, he is also explicitly named as Vlaho Džore Kabužić. Tomasina filia qu Džore Dišić, who in 1283 married Palma Bisti Getaldić, appears again in 1325 in the last well and testament of Džono Kabužić. Therefore, given such an absolute agreement of all the facts, there is no doubt that the Caboga and Dišić families of 1281 and 1282 are the same. Miho Džore Caboga (1280–1286) appears to be the oldest brother. In 1281 he received a part of the money that belonged to him from his father's estate. At the same time, Marin and Dživo, as well as the minor Vlaho, continued to live together with their mother and Marin took care of the business. FN 5, p. 167. Among other things, Miho defined his brother, the priest Johannes, as his procurator.

Three branches of the Caboga family spring from the brothers Mihael (Miho), Marin, and Vlaho. All three existed in the second half of the 15th century. Of all of them, Marin's descendants, and especially his son Jure (1310–1368) and his grandson Nikola Jurov Caboga (1348–1373) carried on the most energetic activity in public life during the 14th century. Besides these were Vlaho (1282–1333) and his sons, Dživo (1330–1340) and Mihael (1332–1366). They were regularly members of the Vijeće Umoljenih, especially Vlaho, and at the same time Jure, Niko and Miše. Many times they were chosen to be the "sapientes", and almost every other year during the middle of the century one Caboga in the Malo Vijeće, that is as an iudex. From around 1360, Nikola several times carried out diplomatic assignments: in 1360 and 1363 he went to the King of Hungary. In 1362 he took part in peace negotiations in Kotor. Until his death in 1373, he was regularly an iudex and four times rector." (Note that this means he was influential during Dubrovnik's final break with Venice.)[1]

Vlaho and his descendants occupied themselves primarily in the grain trade. In 1292, Vlaho appears as a witness in Ancona. In 1313, he appears in Durrës. In 1329, a certain amount of oats were taken from him in Ulcinj. In 1330, together with this son Dživo, he accepted 100 salmaa of wheat from one Florentine commercial company, from these same Florentines, he received three months later a credit of 450 perperas. His sons continued this grain trade. Dživo was sent in 1330, together with M. Crijević, as the Općinski sinkik(?) to Constantinople for the purchase of wheat. In September 1335, Džive sold 670 "stara ječma" from the new harvest to a merchant from Bar. At the end of October of the same year, he took on an obligation to supply Dubrovnik with at least 500 "stara" of wheat by January or February. On January 28, 1336, he delivered 673 stara of wheat. It appears that at the beginning, he did not have exceptional wealth. When, for example, he invested money in some commercial societas (corporation?), he did so in quite small amounts.[1]

In 1335, together with Orsat Crijević (Cerva), he became an associate(?) (socius) of Džono Đurđević when the latter undertook a zakup (commission) the doana maior for 10,000 perperas. Dživo Kaboga and Orsat Crijević took on the obligation that they would to Džono Đurđević (Giorgi) "cum eorum personis stare et servire" to the end of the year. For this they would receive the right to half of the profit while undertaking only 20% each of the potential loss. Dživo Bona's brother, Petar (1318–1346) also bought wheat on order of the Općina (in 1326, 1339, 1340, 1345). In 1345 he went as an emissary "ad regem Cicille". In December 1328 he accepted a sum of 60 "salmi" of beans from Barleta. The third brother of Miho, Vlaho Kaboga (1322–1366) was sent by the government in June 1361 to Apulia (Manfredonia, Barleta and other places) to purchase grain. He was explicitly told that he was to remain in Apulia until the Općina told him to return and that he was not to undertake any business affairs on anyone else's behalf. Only when he was personally in question was he permitted to leave; "de quibus tuis denariis possis facere omnes mercationes, que tibi placuerint, dalvo de blado." He was allowed to buy wheat for himself only "pro usu domus tue".[1]

In another set of orders that related to the same, it was said "quod possit vendere de pannis suis." Only in March 1362 did they call him to return. IN the meantime, the government several times sent him money for purchases, as well as letters with a wide variety of orders. He had to purchase barley, then "100 salme de fave nove, 200 staria de biscoto." On another occasion he had to purchase 1000 libre "de carne de porco salata"; then "salme mille de frumento"; besides this he had to attempt to get to Barleti, to "lo imperador de Bulgaria" and to him to "recomendar li fatti del comun ed deli merchatanti de Ragusa." In 1382, after his death, there were in the basement of his house 1260 Dubrovnik modija of salt.[1]

During the military operations of the 80s, Mihail's son, Marin (1363–1409), was often named as the supplier of bread and melba toast (rations) for the galleys as well as the official responsible for the preparation of melba toast (rations). He apparently dealt in oil, cheese and tallow candles (lojanica). In 1394, Marin lived in Venice as a "factor" of Dubrovnik. Among other things, this Marin was married a second time to Margarita Nikole Caboga (1383–1423), that is to his own relative, the daughter of his own second cousin (or second first-cousin, orig: drugi bratić) (the grandfather of Džore Marinov Caboga), who was married a first time with Lampret Zrijev. She was the mother of Marin's son Danijel and carried the nickname "Colona biancha". At the beginning of the 80s, Marin was a candidate for the Malo Vijeće, but he was not elected. From 1397, however, he was selected to be rector several times. Mihael (Miho) Marin Kaboga (1397–1428), Marin's son from his first marriage, became the protovestijar of Herceg Hrvoje.[1]

The information about the descendants of the other branches of the family. In 1350, Jure Caboga received oil valued at 322 perpera from Romaldus de Bari. In 1356, his son Nikola (1348–1373) delivered Albanian wheat to Džore Jače Đurđević. Several times he had to resort to the legal system to pry debts from his debtors. These amounts were at times relatively large. Nikola Jure Kaboga was married for a second time with Dechussa, the daughter of the Venetian Andrea Dulfina. Her mother, Rada (orig. Rade), was a citizen of Dubrovnik, and through her she was related to the Menče, Giorgi, and Gundula families. On the basis of various facts about relations in the last will and testament, it is almost possible to assume that her mother Rade was the daughter of Džono Damjan Gundulić and Deje Medozi Drago from Kotor. If that is the case, she, before entering into a marriage with the Venetian Andrea Dulfina or after that marriage, was the first or second time married to Džono Sorkočević. (Note that the plague took hold at this time.)[1]

In relative terms we know the least about Mihael's descendants because they apparently did not stand out either in public life or in commercial activities. Most of the members of this branch died early, so they did not have much chance to stand out. Džono Dživo Caboga (1341–1363) as well as his wife died in 1363, during a plague epidemic; we know that they were dealers in cloth and leather. Džono Dživo Kaboga left behind a minor son, Dživo Džono Caboga (1372–1396). At the beginning of the 1380s, he was nominated to the Malo Vijeće, but was never elected. For that reason, he shows up only in positions of minor importance. In 1380, he received a license to export 2.5 miljara of iron; but to receive this he had to take on the obligation to import into Dubrovnik 100 stara of wheat (pšenica).

On the contrary, in about 1400, this branch becomes for us especially interesting. The record books of two sons of Dživo Džono Caboga, Nikola and his brother Luka (1396–1437). With Nikola and his descendants this branch of the Kabužić family continued on. His brother Luka Kaboga was a bastard son of Dživo Džono Caboga. Nikola and Luka worked together in business. Their accounting records are the oldest documents of their time to be preserved in Dubrovnik.[1]

Famous members[edit]

The Bunić-Kabužić summer retreat house in Rijeka Dubrovačka near Dubrovnik
  • Dživo Kabužić, *1739  – 1814, had three children:
    • Frano Vlaho Marijan Martin Kabužić, born in 1781.
    • Brno Frano Marijan Kabužić, general-director, 6 February 1785, Dubrovnik, 19 November 1855, Vienna, married in 1833 to the widow Julianne Wanda of Potočki, 1788, 18 September 1876 in Lemberg, they did not have any children. (The first husband of Julianne Wanda of Potočki was Count Cajetan of Uruški, 1 June 1817, 5 April 1827.)[2]
    • Vlaho Filip Antun Dživo Frano Kabužić, senator; Republic of Ragusa 25 May 1774 – 13 May 1854, married in Dubrovnik 26 October 1806 Marija Katarina Saraka (see House of Saraka), date of born unknown, died in Dubrovnik 11 May 1864. They had three children:
      • Henrik Nikola Bernard (Brno) Kabužić, 1 August 1818 Dubrovnik,  – 1 March 1881 Vienna (k.k Kammerers, Majors d. R. Mitgliedes des Herrenhauses MVK) he was the Austrian consul in Jerusalem until his death in 1881. He bought in 1867 at Tantur in Bethlehem the area that was called the Tower of Jacob and Ephrata. There in 1876 the Hospice of the Order of Malta was opened. Married to Helena Getaldić (see House of Getaldić) 10 June 1837 in Zadar, 24 December 1931 Dubrovnik). They had three children:
        • Marija Bernardina Ana Kabužić, 20 November 1856 in Dubrovnik,  – 19 November 1938 in Trieste, married Albert Ritter Conti v. Cedassamare in Trieste, 4 June 1853  – 6 April 1900 in Trieste, they had five children:
          • Marta Marija Conti v. Cedassamare, born in Trieste 1 February 1883.
          • Petar Marijan Ritter Conti v. Cedassamare, born in Trieste 29 June 1884, died (Daselbst) 6 April 1886.
          • Justus Marijan Ritter Conti v. Cedassamare, born in Trieste 22 November 1885, died (Daselbst) 26 March 1886.
          • Albert Ritter Conti v. Cedassamare (also known as Albert Conti) (Albert Maroje Vlaho Frano Marijan) 29 January 1887, Görz, and died 18 January 1967 in Hollywood, California, USA, was afilm actor, but first he specialized in law (high school and law college in Graz) and natural science and was married to Patricia Cross.
          • Maria Concetta Conti v. Cedassamare, born in Pula on December 5, 1892.
        • Ana Marija Enriketa Lujza Kabužić, born on 20 June 1858, died 1944 in Szombathely, Hungary, married in Dubrovnik 10 April 1882 to Lucijan v. Ziegler-Pucić, born in Kotor 19 March 1852 (T.d. VizeAdmirals i. R., Eskaderkommandant, 1907–08) died 8 September 1930 Dubrovnik. They had three children:
          • Helena v. Ziegler-Pucić, who born in Pula 3 March 1889 and died Baden, Vienna 2 February 1968, she married Hugo Theobald Alfons Karl Maria Freiherr von Seyffertitz, (KorvKpt. i. R) who born in Brixen 23 September 1885 and died Baden, Vienna 10 June 1966.
          • Teo v. Ziegler-Pucić, date of birth unknown, purportedly died in Yugoslavia on November 24, 1924 (probably he died in 1934 because in 1930 he was still alive), he married Marica v. Kiepach-Haselburg, born in Križevci, Croatia c.1897; after the death of Teo, she moved to Los Angeles, California, USA and died in 1985.
          • Marica v. Ziegler-Pucić, who born in Pula 10 January 1885 and died in Acsád, Hungary 2 February 1964, she married with Charley Masjon, (Linienschiffskapitän), who was born in Graz 19 November 1871 and died in 1950 in Táplánszentkereszt, Hungary and they had one daughter, Winifred Masjon who was born in Pula 8 June 1911 and died in Keszthely, 14 December 1998; she was married to László Harkay (Colonel) and lived in Hungary.
        • Bernard (Brno) Vlaho Maroje Dživo Marijan Kabužić, born on 21 April 1863 in Dubrovnik, died on 10 May 1922 in Waltendorf near Graz, Austria, he married Marie Valerie Freiin v. Locatelli, * 4 June 1870 Angoris. He divorced her after a short period of marriage. They did not have any children nor adopted any together.
      • Dživo Bernard Frano Kabužić, born on 4 April 1808 and died on 25 February 1871, k.k Kammerer and Oberstleutenant, married in October 1838 in Vienna with Wilhelmine v. Privitzer, daughter of Alois v. Privitzer (Comdt.beim General-stabe (Rang 1 November 1880, died in Vienna 1902), they had one daughter.
      • Marija Bernardina Cecilija Vilhemina Kabužić, born 27 August 1839.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Mahnken, Patricijat, Vol. 1 (pg. 167)
  2. ^ notes Tr.d. Klemens Grafen C. u. d. Magdalena Getaldić; Dubrovnik (9 Jun.1834, – Wien....1916)


  • Heyer v. Rosenfeld, Carl Georg – Der Adel des Königreichs Dalmatien, in Siebmacher Bd. IV, 3. Abteilung, Nürnberg 1873. Caboga – Seite 6, 101, XXII, Tafel 3
  • Stratowa – Wiener Genealogisches Taschenbuch, Caboga, Band 2, Seite 96 (Namenserwähnung)

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