Dori of Yejju

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Dori of Yejju (died 1831) was a Ras of Begemder and Inderase (regent) of the Emperor of Ethiopia. He was the brother of his predecessor Marye of Yejju.

After their brother Yimam's death Marye quickly seized the office of Ras, despite the armed resistance of Dori.[1]

With his brother Dori led the Yejju forces in the Battle of Debre Abbay on 14 February 1831; his brother was killed in the savage battle, and as a result Dori had his followers ravage Tigray.[2]

While he was with his followers pillaging the countryside outside of Axum, Ras Dori became ill. According to Samuel Gobat, not trusting his subordinates the Ras put half of them in chains, then returned to Debre Tabor where he died towards the end of May.[3] His only significant act while Inderase was to depose Emperor Gigar on 18 June, and replace him with Iyasus IV.


  1. ^ Donald Crummey, "Family and Property amongst the Amhara Nobility", Journal of African History, special issue: The History of the Family in Africa, 24 1983, p. 218
  2. ^ Mordechai Abir, The Era of the Princes: the Challenge of Islam and the Re-unification of the Christian empire, 1769-1855 (London: Longmans, 1968), p. 36
  3. ^ Letter of 27 February 1832, cited in Church Missionary Record, Detailing the Proceedings of the Church Missionary Society for the year 1833 (London, 1833), p. 8; Richard K.P. Pankhurst, History of Ethiopian Towns (Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1982), vol. 1 p. 266.
Preceded by
Ras Marye
Chief of the Yejju Succeeded by
Ras Ali II