Erekle I, Prince of Mukhrani

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Erekle I (Georgian: ერეკლე მუხრანაბატონი, Erekle Mukhranbatoni; 29 March 1560 – 1605) was a Georgian nobleman of the House of Mukhrani, a collateral branch of the royal Bagrationi dynasty, and Prince or co-Prince (batoni) of Mukhrani from 1580 to 1605.[1] Erekle was married to a certain Tamar, with no known issue.[1]

Erekle was a son of Archil, a grandson of King Constantine II of Georgia. Traditional genealogies such as that by Cyril Toumanoff omit Erekle's tenure as Prince of Mukhrani, instead placing a continuous rule of his cousin, Teimuraz I from 1580 to 1625.[2] During Archil's captivity in Iran, Erekle lived with his cousins from the ruling Jaqeli family in the Principality of Samtskhe and fought on their side against the Shalikashvili-led aristocratic revolt in Samtskhe from 1576 to 1578. In May 1578, Erekle returned to the Kingdom of Kartli and provided support to Queen Nestan-Darejan, a consort of his exiled cousin, King Simon I of Kartli, who stayed at Surami. Soon, as the Ottoman army under Lala Kara Mustafa Pasha marched into the Georgian lands in August 1578, Erekle found himself in the heat of another war as an energetic and locally successful commander.[3]


  1. ^ a b Metreveli, Roin, ed. (2003). ბაგრატიონები. სამეცნიერო და კულტურული მემკვიდრეობა [Scientific and Cultural Heritage of the Bagrationis] (in Georgian and English). Tbilisi: Neostudia. p. Table 8. ISBN 99928-0-623-0. 
  2. ^ Toumanoff, Cyrille (1990). Les dynasties de la Caucasie Chrétienne: de l'Antiquité jusqu'au XIXe siècle: tables généalogiques et chronologique [Dynasties of Christian Caucasia from Antiquity to the 19th century: genealogical and chronological tables] (in French). Rome. p. 556. 
  3. ^ Brosset, Marie-Félicité (1831). Chronique géorgienne, traduite par m. Brosset jeune membre de la Société asiatique de France [Georgian Chronicle, translated by Mr. Brosset, junior member of the Asiatic Society of France] (in French). Paris: De l'Imprimerie royale. pp. 12–19. 
Georgian royalty
Preceded by
Vakhtang I
(co-)Prince of Mukhrani
Succeeded by
Teimuraz I