Stanislovas Goštautas

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Stanislovas Goštautas[1][2] (also called Stanisław Gasztołd or Gasztołt of Abdank[3] in Polish) (ca. 1507 in Vilnius - 1542) was a notable member of the Lithuanian nobility and a high-ranking member of the Lithuanian administration. Born to Albrecht Goštautas, the Voivode of Vilnius and Princess Sofia of Vereya, he was the last direct male descendant of the – once mighty – Goštautai family.

A prominent member of the Grand Duchy's administration in the early times of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, Goštautas held a number of important posts in the state's administration. Among others, since 1522 he held the post of the voivode of Navahrudak, although he did not rise to that office until 1530.[3] Since 1542 he was also a voivode of Trakai. As one of the most notable and influential noblemen of his epoch, in 1542 he was also awarded with a royal pension of 600 times the number of 60 Prague groschen in exchange for his town of Upytė, which was bought by Sigismund Augustus of Poland.[3]

On May 17, 1537 he married Barbara Radziwiłł, later the second wife of the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland Sigismund II Augustus. Goštautas died December 18, 1542, leaving some of his family fortune to his wife, who later might have passed it on to her branch of the Radziwiłł family, while the bulk of his estates was taken by the Grand Duke of Lithuania Sigismund II Augustus, as a matter of sovereign's right.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A. Bumblauskas. Senosios Lietuvos istorija, 2005 p.234
  2. ^ Lietuvos dailės muziejus. The Radvilas
  3. ^ a b c Adam Józef Boniecki. "Gasztoldowie v. Gasztołtowie h. Habdank". Herbarz Polski: wiadomości historyczno-genealogiczne o rodach szlacheckich (in Polish) 5 (1 ed.). Warsaw: s.n. p. 381.