David XI of Kartli

David XI
King of Kartli
Reign 1562/1569–1578
Predecessor Simon I of Kartli
Successor Simon I of Kartli
Died c. 1579
Issue Bagrat VII of Kartli
Rostom of Kartli (illegitimate)
Dynasty Bagrationi dynasty
Father Luarsab I of Kartli
Mother Tamar of Imereti
Religion Georgian Orthodox Church, later Islam

David XI (Georgian: დავით XI) or Dāwūd Khan II (Persian: داود خان, translit. Dāwūd Khān, Georgian: დაუთ-ხანი, translit.: daut-khani) (died c. 1579) was King of Kartli. A convert to Islam, he was appointed as Khan of Kartli by the Persian Shah Tahmasp I from 1562 (effectively from 1569) to 1578.


David was a brother of the Kartlian king Simon I, who led a long-lasting liberation war against the Safavid Persian and Ottoman empires. David submitted in 1562 to Tahmasp at Kazvin, renounced Christianity and was named Daud Khan. The shah appointed him ruler in Kartli and sent with a Persian army to claim the power. Relying on the Persian occupation forces and a few loyal nobles, he was invested with the Georgian capital Tbilisi and the province of Lower Kartli, while the rest of the kingdom remained faithful to Simon.

The rival brothers met on battlefield on several occasions. The hostilities took place mainly around Tbilisi, which was blockaded by Simon’s forces from 1567 to 1569. Although the king won the battles at Dighomi (1567) and Samadlo (1569), the Persians eventually prevailed and took Simon captive at the Battle of Partskhisi, 1569. He was sent in chains to the fortress of Alamut, and Daud Khan assumed nominal control of all of Kartli. As previously, he relied on the Persians and paid an annual tribute to the Shah. A patriotic alliance of nobles led by Prince Sachino Baratashvili continued, however, resistance to the renegade Georgian ruler. In 1578, a peace between the Safavids and the Ottomans collapsed. The Turkish army commanded by Lala Mustafa Pasha overran much of Georgia and dislodged Daud Khan, who had burnt the citadel of Tbilisi and taken shelter at Lorri. The Shah presently freed Simon to fight against the Ottomans and reinstated him as king of Kartli. In retaliation, Daud Khan handed the control over Lorri to the Turks and fled to Istanbul, where he was welcomed and granted a lordship over two sanjaks. His sons, Bagrat and Khosro, took shelter in Persia. During his stay in Turkey, Daud Khan compiled two Ottoman-era medical treatises (qarabadin) and translated it into Georgian, sending a copy to his motherland.


David was married to Elene (fl.1569–1578), a relative of King Alexander II of Kakheti. They had the following children:

  1. Bagrat VII, King of Kartli
  2. A daughter, married Prince Asanbeg (Kaikhosro) Baratashvili (fl. 1599–1620)
  3. A daughter, married Baindur (Baadur), Duke of Aragvi
  4. A daughter, married Prince Adam-Sultan Andronikashvili. Their daughter, Tamar, married Luarsab, heir-apparent of Kartli.

By a concubine, a peasant woman from Tsavkisi, David had a natural son:

  1. Rostom, King of Kartli
Preceded by
Simon I
King of Kartli
Succeeded by
Simon I (restored)
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