IMERETI

 

The Bagrationi (Bagration) Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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1681  H.M. The Most High King Aleksandri IV, King of Imereti (first time) - see below.
 
1681 - 1683 H.M. The Most High King Giorgi III Gurieli, King of Imereti, Duke of the Guria, etc. - see Georgia (Guria).
 
1683 - 1689 H.M. The Most High King Aleksandri IV, King of Imereti (second time) - see below.
 
1689 - 1691 H.M. The Most High King Archili [Shah Nazar Khan], King of Imereti (third time) - see below.
 
1681, 1683-1689 & 1691-1695 H.M. The Most High King Aleksandri IV, by the will of our Lord, King of Kings, Absolute Master, Sovereign and Dominator of the Abkhazis, Ranians, Kakhetians and the Armenians, Shirvanshah and Shahanshah, towards the East, the West, the South and the North, and the two thrones and kingdoms of Imereti and Amiereti, eldest son of H.M. The Most High King Bagrat IV, King of Imereti, by a concubine. Proclaimed on the deposition of King Giorgi III Gurieli, 1683. Deposed by King Archili 1689. Restored by the Turks after a period of general anarchy and misrule, 1691. Arrested by rebellious nobles led by the Duke of Radsha, and delivered to the King of Kartli, 1695. m. (first) Her Splendour The Pious Princess of High Rank Nina, née Gurieli a daughter of a didebuli. m. (second) 1691, H.M. The Most High Queen Thamar (b. 1681, m. second, 1696, H.M. The Most High King Giorgi IV Gotcha, King of Imereti, and third, 1700, His Splendour The Pious Prince of High Rank Giorgi IV Chikovani, Duke of Dukes of Mingrelia, and d. 1708), second daughter of H.M. The Most High King Giorgi V Abashidze, King of Imereti. He was k. (strangled) on the orders of King Giorgi XI of Kartli, 1695, having had issue, two sons and two daughters:
 
1695 - 1696 H.M. The Most High King Archili [Shah Nazar Khan], King of Imereti (fourth time) - see below.
 
1696 - 1698 H.M. The Most High King Giorgi IV Gotcha, by the will of our Lord, King of Kings, Absolute Master, Sovereign and Dominator of the Abkhazis, Ranians, Kakhetians and the Armenians, Shirvanshah and Shahanshah, towards the East, the West, the South and the North, and the two thrones and kingdoms of Imereti and Amiereti, son of Bagrati Gotchashvili*. Expelled by the Duke of Radsha, 1698. m. 1696, as her second husband, H.M. The Most High Queen Tamara (b. 1681; m. third, 1700, His Splendour The Pious Prince of High Rank Giorgi IV Chikovani, Duke of Dukes of Mingrelia, and d. 1708), widow of H.M. The Most High King Aleksandri IV, King of Imereti, and second daughter of H.M. The Most High King Giorgi V Abashidze, King of Imereti.
 
* Note: the Gotchashvili family, were cadets of the Bagrationi dynasty. They enjoyed the title of batoni or sovereign lord. The founder of the family was Prince Konstantini Gotcha, great grandson of Prince Aleksandri, fifth son of H.M. The Most High King Konstantini II, King of Kartli (which see).
 
1661-1663, 1678-1679, 1689-1691, 1695-1696 & 1698 H.M. The Most High King Archili [Shah Nazar Khan], by the will of our Lord, King of Kings of the Abkhazis, Kartvelians, Ranians, Kakhetians and the Armenians, Shirvanshah and Shahanshah and Master of all the East and West, King of Kakheti and Imereti. b. 1647, eldest son of H.M. The Most High King Vakhtang V, King of Kartli, by his first wife, H.M. The Most High Queen Rwadam, eldest daughter of Prince Vakhtang-Orbel Qaplanishvili-Orbeliani, educ. privately. Embrased Islam while in Persia but later returned to the Orthodox faith. Proclaimed as King of Imereti after his father had deposed King Bagrat IV 1661. Deposed on the orders of the Shah, 1663. Proclaimed as King of Kakheti under the authority of his father, after receiving the title of Shah Nazar Khan from the Shah of Persia, 1664. Abandoned Kakheti and defected to the Turks in 1675 when promised the throne of Imereti. Proclaimed as King of Imereti on the deposition of King Bagrat V, 1678. Deposed at Imereti on the orders of the Sultan of Turkey, 1679. Fled to Russia but was not permitted to enter Moscow until 1686. Returned to Kutais and seized the throne of Imereti, 1689. Unable to maintain his position, he fled to Russia for a second time in 1691. Restored 1695, but deposed by the nobles and retired to Dwaleth in 1696. Returned to Ossetia and expelled Giorgi Gotcha, 1698. Unable to maintain his position when the Turkish army entered the country, he fled to Dwaleth, later that same year. Settled at Moscow where he was responsible for setting up the first printing press in the Georgian language. Poet and man of letters; author of "The Manners of Georgia" and "Archiliani" (the Lay of Archili). m. (first) a daughter of Prince Nodar Tsitsishvili. m. (second) at Tiflis, 22nd March 1668, H.M. The Most High Queen Kethavan (b. 1648; d. at Moscow, 5th May 1719 o.s., bur. Donskoï Monastery), widow of H.M. The Most High King Bagrat IV, King of Imereti, and elder daughter of H.H. The Most Brilliant Prince Davit, 5th Prince of Mukhrani, by his wife, H.H. The Most Brilliant Princess Eleni, daughter of The Noble Levanti Diasamidze. He d. at Moscow, 1713 (bur. Donskoï Monastery), having had issue, three sons and one daughter:
 
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