Lala Şahin Pasha

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Lala Şahin Paşa
Died after 1388
Buried at Plovdiv
Allegiance  Ottoman Empire
Years of service 1360–88
Wars, campaigns and battles

Lala Şahin Pasha (Turkish: Lala Şahin Paşa; 1330 – after 1388) was the first Beylerbey of Rumelia. He was the teacher (lala) of Sultan Murad I, and when Murad succeeded the throne, Şahin led the Ottoman campaign of Thrace.[1] In 1360, he took Didymoticho, and in 1362, Adrianople, which afterwards served as the Ottoman seat of throne as Edirne.[2] In 1364, he took Boruj and Plovdiv. He was one of commanders in Battle of Maritsa (1371).[3] As of 1382 he ruled in Sofia. He was decisively defeated by Prince Lazar of Serbia at the Battle of Pločnik (1385–86).[4] He was badly defeated by the Bosnians in the Battle of Bileća on August 27, 1388.


  1. ^ Villani M., "Istoria", RISS, XIV, Milano (1729), p. 549-550
  2. ^ Inalcik, "The Conquest of Edirne", The Ottoman Empire: Conquest, Organization and Economy, London (1978), p. 155-159
  3. ^ Setton, Kenneth Meyer; Robert Lee Wolff; Harry W. Hazard; Norman P. Zacour. A History of the Crusades. University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 246–247. ISBN 0-299-10744-2. 
  4. ^ Kissling, H. J.; Spuler, Bertold; Barbour, N.; J. S. Trimingham; H. Braun; H. Hartel (1 August 1997). The Last Great Muslim Empires. BRILL. p. 10. ISBN 90-04-02104-3. ...and at the battle of Plochnik in 1387 their united forces had been able to decimate the hitherto ever- victorious troops of Lala §ahin. 
Political offices
Preceded by
post created
Beylerbey of the Rumelia Eyalet
c. 1360—1382
Succeeded by