The title of guvernadur ("governor", Ital. governatore) was used by the Prince-Bishopric of Montenegro, initially as the diplomatic office between Montenegro and the Republic of Venice, and later evolved into the counterpart to the Metropolitan.

Venetian diplomatic title

Danilo I allowed the establishment of the post "in order to appease the Republic of Venice", the office being held by a civilian governor whose main role was to protect Venetian interests in Montenegro.[1]

There are conflicting views about who was the first guvernadur in Montenegro. Some think that the first guvernadur was Jovan Anthony guvernadur Bolica, "gouvernatore del Monte Negro" (1688–1692), crew chief of the military in the Republic of Venice on Cetinje. Montenegro's first guvernadur was Djikan Vukotic, whose son Vukajle refused to be first guvernadur due to the suspicion that his father was poisoning Venetians because they were dissatisfied with his work. Some historians believe Vukota Ozrinic was the first, while a state Vukota Vukotic, and some believe that the Vukajle Vukotic agreed to become guvernadur in 1711. Then came Stefan Kovacevic (Cuca) and Vukadin Vukotic (Cevo) (1739–1742). Guvernadurs were also established in Kuči, in Albania, which belonged to the Republic of Venice.

Montenegrin aristocratic title

Stanislav Radonjić was the first hereditary guvernadur.

Guvernadurs of family Radonjic, as a person with a definite political influence and effects were in opposition to archbishop's family Petrovic. The first guvernadur Radonjic was Stanislav Radonjic (1756–1758), then his older son Vukolaj I Radonjic (1758–1764), then his younger son Jovan Radonjic (1764–1802), and at the end of his grandson, Jovan's son, Vukolaj Radonjic (1802–1832).

Guvernadurs Radonjic from Njegusi and their followers are everywhere:



  1. Pavlović 2008, p. 63
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