Dimitris Plapoutas

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Dimitris Plapoutas
Δημήτρης Πλαπούτας
Portrait of Dimitris Plapoutas
Nickname(s) Koliopoulos (Greek: Κολιόπουλος).[1]
Born 15 May 1786
Paloumpa, Arcadia, Ottoman Empire
Died July 1864
Allegiance Greece Greece
Years of service 18
Rank general
Battles/wars Siege of Tripoli, Battles of Valtetsi and Battle of Maniaki, Capture of the castle at Korinthos, Battle of Patras,
Other work Parliament 1844 - 1847, Senate 1847 - 1862

Dimitris Koliopoulos Plapoutas (Greek: Δημήτρης Κολιόπουλος Πλαπούτας) (May 15, 1786 – July 1865) was a Greek general who fought during the Greek War of Independence against the rule of the Ottoman Empire.

He was born on in Paloumba, Arcadia, Ottoman Empire, the son of Kollias Plapoutas, from Epirus at the time, Northern Greece. This is of course the reason why Theodoros Kolokotronis referred to him simply as "Koliopoulos" (Greek: Ό Κολιόπουλος).

In 1811, he left Paloumba for the Ionian Islands where he became an officer in the 1st Regiment Greek Light Infantry. In 1818, he joined the Filiki Eteria, which was planning to liberate Greece from Ottoman control.

During the revolution, Dimitris Plapoutas took part in the Siege of Tripolitsa, the capture of the Acrocorinth, the Battle of Valtetsi, the Battle of Maniaki and other battles.

After independence, along with General Theodoros Kolokotronis and General Kitsos Tzavelas, Plapoutas supported Prince Otto of Bavaria as the King of Greece. However, later he opposed the Bavarian-dominated regency during his rule. He was charged with high treason and on June 7, 1834 he was imprisoned at the Palamidi along with Kolokotronis and sentenced to death. He was later pardoned in 1835. Plapoutas then became involved in Greek politics and served in Parliament (1844–1847) and in the Senate (1847–1862). He was made an honorary bodyguard of King Otto and was entrusted with escorting him to his new kingdom.

Plapoutas also had a brother, Georgios, who fought alongside him in many battles and died in the Battle of Lalas. When he was around seventy years old, Plapoutas married a woman in her thirties and had one child, a girl named Athanasia. Plapoutas died shortly afterwards. His house still stands (albeit heavily damaged from an earthquake during the 1960s) in his home town of Paloumba, Arcadia.


  1. ^ Kolokotronis, Theodoros. "Apomnymonevmata (Memoirs)". Editions Vergina, Athens, 2002.