Maha Senanurak

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Maha Senanurak
Viceroy of Siam
Tenure7 September 1809 – 16 July 1817
AppointedIsarasundhorn (Rama II)
PredecessorIsarasundhorn (later Rama II)
SuccessorMaha Sakdi Polsep
Born(1773-03-29)29 March 1773
Ayutthaya, Kingdom of Ayutthaya
Died16 July 1817(1817-07-16) (aged 44)
Bangkok, Siam
SpousePrincess Samlee
Issue40 sons and daughters with various consorts
HouseChakri Dynasty
FatherPhutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I)

Maha Senanurak (Thai: สมเด็จพระบวรราชเจ้ามหาเสนานุรักษ์; March 29, 1773 – July 16, 1817) was a Viceroy appointed by Buddha Loetla Nabhalai as the titular heir to the throne was the brother to the king.[clarification needed] Maha Senanurak was known for his leadership of the Siamese campaign against the Burmese invasion of Thalang in 1809.

Early life[edit]

Chui was born to Chao Phraya Chakri (future King Phutthayotfa Chulalok or Rama I) and his wife Nak (future Queen Amarindra) in 1773. In 1782, Chao Phraya Chakri crowned himself as the first monarch of the Chakri dynasty of Siam at Bangkok. Chui was then made a prince. He was later awarded the title Krom Khun Senanurak. Prince Senanurak was known to be close to his only true brother Prince and Front Palace Isarasundhorn (future Buddha Loetla Nabhalai or Rama II).[1] In 1807 Prince Isarasundhorn made his brother Prince Senanurak his successor to the Front Palace (Thai: พระบัณฑูรน้อย). In 1809, King Phutthayotfa Chulalok died. As a result the Front Palace Isarasundhorn ascended the throne as King. The new King appointed Prince Senanurak as the next the Front Palace lord, and as his successor.

Countering the Burmese invasions[edit]

In 1809 King Bodawpaya of Burma sent his troops to invade Thalang (modern Phuket.) Buddha Loetla Nabhalai sent Maha Senanurak to counter this invasion. Around the same time Prince Kasatranuchit, a son of King Taksin of Thonburi and his sister Princess Chimyai, staged a rebellion to reclaim the throne. The rebellion was quickly suppressed by Prince Jessadabodindra (future King Rama III). Maha Senanurak's wife, Princess Samleewan, a daughter of Taksin, was executed for treason.


Senanurak fell ill and died in 1817. For the rest of his reign King Rama II refused to appoint a new Front Palace, perhaps leading to the brief confusion in the succession between his sons Chetsadabodin and Mongkut after his death in 1824.


  1. ^ " : : กัมม์ - กรมพระราชวังบวรมหาเสนานุรักษ์". BlogGang. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
Maha Senanurak
Born: 29 March 1773 Died: 16 July 1817
Preceded by
Viceroy of Siam
Succeeded by
Maha Sakdi Polsep