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The Caboga (in Italian) or Kaboga (in Croatian; also Kabužić) were one of the patrician families from the city of Dubrovnik and its Republic of Ragusa. Their considerable family size, economic power, and social and political status mark them as among the more wealthy and influential noble families. Originating from the 8th century, they are one of the oldest and most recognized in Dubrovnik. Many of its members were Rectors (Serbo-Croatian: Knez) of the Republic, and the Austrian Empire recognized its long-standing nobility in 1818 and 1833 with the grade of Count.


The Kaboga family first appears in the late 13th century. Džore Dišić, who died before 1282, appears to be the patriarch, though he is not personally mentioned in sources. Frequently mentioned in the records of the Dubrovnik chancellery in 1281 and 1282 however, are Dzore's wife Draga and their sons Mihael (Miho), the cleric Dživo, as well as Marin and Vlaho. In addition, Draga 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]

Marin Kaboga

Vlaho, the youngest brother, is mentioned in the books of Dubrovnik's chancellery later, after the name Kaboga took hold while the name Dišić was no longer being used. In 1297, he is also explicitly named as Vlaho Džore Kaboga. Tomasina filia qu Džore Dišić, who in 1283 married Palma Bisti Getaldić, appears again in 1325 in the last will and testament of Džono Kaboga. Therefore, it appears that the Kaboga and Dišić families of 1281 and 1282 are the same. Miho Džore Kaboga (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 Kaboga family derive 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, including his son Jure (1310–1368) and his grandson Nikola Jurov Kaboga (1348–1373), carried on an energetic public life during the 14th century. Vlaho (1282–1333) had two sons, Dživo (1330–1340) and Mihael (1332–1366). They were regularly members of the Vijeće Umoljenih, especially Vlaho, but also Jure, Niko and Miše. Many times they were chosen to be the "sapientes," while almost every other year during the middle of the century one Kaboga in the Malo Vijeće, was an iudex. From around 1360, Nikola carried out diplomatic assignments several times: in 1360 and 1363 he went to visit 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 in the grain trade. Dživo was sent in 1330, together with M. Cerva, 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 Cerva, he became an associate(?) (socius) of Džono Giorgi when the latter undertook a zakup (commission) the doana maior for 10,000 perperas. Dživo Kaboga and Orsat Cerva took on the obligation to Džono 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 1380s, 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 Kaboga (1383–1423), the daughter of his second cousin (or second first-cousin, orig: drugi bratić) (the grandfather of Džore Marinov Kaboga), 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 1380s, 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]

There are bits of information about the descendants of the other branches of the family. In 1350, Jure Kaboga received oil valued at 322 perpera from Romaldus de Bari. In 1356, his son Nikola (1348–1373) delivered Albanian wheat to Džore Jače Giorgi. Several times he had to resort to the legal system to pry payments from his debtors and the 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, her mother Rade may have been the daughter of Džono Damjan Gondola 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 at one time married to Džono Sorgo. (Note that the plague took hold at this time.)[1]

In relative terms we know the least about Mihael's descendants, many of whom died young. Džono Dživo Kaboga (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 Kaboga (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).

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

Austrian Caboga[edit]

Vlaho Filip Count Kaboga
Henrik Count Kaboga
  • Dživo Kaboga, *1739  – 1814, had three children:
    • Frano Vlaho Marijan Martin Kaboga, born in 1781.
    • Brno Frano Marijan Kaboga, 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 Kaboga, senator; Republic of Ragusa 25 May 1774 – 13 May 1854, married in Dubrovnik 26 October 1806 Marija Katarina de Saracca (see House of Saraka), date of born unknown, died in Dubrovnik 11 May 1864. They had three children:
      • Henrik Nikola Bernard (Brno) Kaboga, 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 Ghetaldi (see House of Getaldić) 10 June 1837 in Zadar, 24 December 1931 Dubrovnik). They had three children:
        • Marija Bernardina Ana Caboga, 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 Maria Conti v. Cedassamare, born in Trieste 1 February 1883.
          • Petar Marian Ritter Conti v. Cedassamare, born in Trieste 29 June 1884, died (Daselbst) 6 April 1886.
          • Justus Marian 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 Marian) 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 Kaboga, 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-Pozza, 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-Pozza, 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 Kaboga, 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 Kaboga, 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.
      • Maria Bernardina Cecilia Vilhemina Kaboga, 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 Ghetaldi; Dubrovnik (9 Jun.1834, – Wien....1916)


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

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