Grand Duke Nicholas Konstantinovich of Russia

Grand Duke Nicholas Constantinovich
Born (1850-02-14)14 February 1850
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died 26 January 1918(1918-01-26) (aged 67)
Burial St. George's Cathedral, Tashkent
Spouse Nadedja Alexandrovna von Dreyer
Issue Prince Artemy Nikolaievich Romanovsky-Iskander
Prince Aleksandr Nikolaievich Romanovsky-Iskander
House House of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov
Father Grand Duke Constantine Nikolaevich of Russia
Mother Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg

Grand Duke Nicholas Constantinovich of Russia (14 February 1850 – 26 January 1918) was the first-born son of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia and Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna of Russia and a grandson of Nicholas I of Russia.

Early life

Born in St Petersburg in the middle of the nineteenth century into the Romanov family, he had a very privileged childhood. Most royal children were brought up by nannies and servants so by the time Nikolai had grown up he lived a very independent life having become a gifted military officer and an incorrigible womanizer. He had an affair with a notorious American lady Fanny Lear. This affair led him into a plot to betray his family, in which he stole three valuable diamonds from an icon that belonged to his mother. He was declared insane and he was banished to the far reaches of the Russian empire never to see home again.

Later life

He lived for many years under constant supervision in the area around Tashkent in the southeastern Russian Empire (now Uzbekistan) and made a great contribution to the city by using his personal fortune to help improve the local area. In 1890 he ordered the building of his own palace in Tashkent to house and show his large and very valuable collection of works of art and the collection is now the center of the state Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan. He was also famous in Tashkent as a competent engineer and irrigator, constructing two large canals, the Bukhar-aryk (which was poorly aligned and soon silted up) and the much more successful Khiva-Aryk, later extended to form the Emperor Nicholas I Canal, irrigating 12,000 desyatinas, 33,000 acres (134 km²) of land in the Hungry Steppe between Djizak and Tashkent. Most of this was then settled with Slavic peasant colonisers.

Nikolai had a number of children by different women. One of his grandchildren, Natalia Androsova, died in Moscow in 1999.


Nikolai died of pneumonia on 26 January 1918.[1][2] He was buried in St. George's Cathedral (later demolished by the Soviet regime).


Nikolai married Nadezhda (variantly spelled Nadejda) Alexandrovna von Dreyer (1861–1929), daughter of Orenburg police chief Alexander Gustavovich Dreyer and Sophia Ivanovna Opanovskaya, in 1882. Two children were born from this marriage:

Among his illegitimate children were the following:

With Alexandra Abasa (1855–1894):

With unknown mistresses:



  1. This statement doesn't represent the facts. From newspaper publications of 1918 follows that Nikolay Romanov died in the own house near Tashkent from pneumonia.
  2. Massie, Robert K. (1995), The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, London: Random House, p. 255, ISBN 0-09-960121-4
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