Teymuraz Bagration

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Prince Teymuraz Constantinovich
Father Prince Constantin Bagration-Mukhransky
Mother Princess Tatiana Constantinovna of Russia
Born (1912-08-21)21 August 1912
Pavlovsk, Russian Empire
Died 10 April 1992(1992-04-10) (aged 79)
New York, USA

Prince Teymuraz Constantinovich Bagration (21 August 1912 – 10 April 1992) was a Georgian-Russian nobleman and an émigré in the United States where he served as President of the Tolstoy Foundation, a New York-based charitable organization.

Life[edit]

Child Teymuraz

He was born at Pavlovsk, Imperial Russia, into the prominent aristocratic family. His father, Prince Constantin Bagration-Mukhransky (1889–1915), a member of the Mukhrani branch of the Bagrationi family, formerly a royal dynasty of Georgia, was an Imperial Russian Army officer and was killed in World War I. Teymuraz's mother, Princess Tatiana Constantinovna of Russia (1890–1979) was a member of the Romanov Dynasty of Russia.

Teymuraz Bagration left Russia after the 1917 Revolution. During World War II, he served in the Royal Yugoslav Army. After the war, he emigrated to the U.S. and joined Tolstoy Foundation in 1949. He became Executive Director in 1979 and led the organization from 1986 until his death at New York in 1992. He was known for his efforts to resettle Georgian, Russian and other ethnic refugees from the Soviet Union and East European countries. He was also involved in the resettlement of refugees from Vietnam, Tibet, Cuba, Uganda, and other countries. As a member of CARE and Interaction, a coalition of more than 100 charitable organizations, Bagration was instrumental in assisting displaced persons who came to the U.S.

On 5 July 2007, Bagration's unique archive was presented by his second wife, Princess Irina, to the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Bagration has been married twice. The first time he married Catherine Ratchitch (4 Jul 1919, London - 20 Dec 1946), grand daughter of Serbian Prime minister Nikola Pašić on 27 October 1940: at the time he was 28 and she was 21, but the marriage ended with Catherine's death at 27-years-old.

The second marriage was with Irina Czernysheva-Besobrasova (born 21 Sep 1926), the daughter of Sergei Aleksandrovich Besobrasov and Countess Elizabeta Cheremeteva. Irina was an older sister of Xenia Czernysheva-Besobrasova (c. 1933-1968, aged 35), who married 1953 Archduke Rudolf Syringus, youngest son of Karl I of Austria, the last Austrian emperor.[2] This marriage was celebrated on 27 November 1949 and took place in New York City. He was 37 and she was 23. There was no issue of either marriage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Georgian) თეიმურაზ ბაგრატიონ-მუხრანსკის არქივი ეროვნულ ბიბლიოთეკას გადაეცა. National Parliamentary Library of Georgia: News. July 11, 2007.
  2. ^ Marlene E. Koenig. "Archduke Rudolph and Countess Xenia " Monday, 10 May 2010. At the 1953 wedding, she is briefly mentioned as "Princess Irene Bagration" or several times as "Princess Bagration". The "100-year-old heirloom, first worn by Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenberg at her marriage to Grand Duke Constantine" worn by Xenia was probably the property of Pr Teymuraz's mother Princess Tatiana, granddaughter of Grand Duke Constantine and Alexandra of Saxe-Altenberg, although this is not mentioned. For Irina's ancestry, see that of her nephew Archduke Simeon of Austria

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