Hassling-Ketling of Elgin
|Hassling-Ketling of Elgin|
|First appearance||The Deluge|
|Last appearance||Fire in the Steppe|
|Created by||Henryk Sienkiewicz|
|Portrayed by||Jan Nowicki (Fire in the Steppe)|
Ketling (Hassling-Ketling of Elgin) was a fictional character in Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel Fire in the Steppe, the third volume of his award-winning The Trilogy. A Scotsman, Ketling moved to Poland where he became a Colonel of Artillery in service of the king of Poland John Casimir. Ketling got married to Krystyna Drohojowska, a former fiancee of his friend, Michał Wołodyjowski.
Ketling was killed in the Siege of Kamieniec Podolski, when he (together with Wołodyjowski) blew himself up in a gunpowder depot.
The historical personality on which the character was loosely based was certain Major Heyking, a mercenary from Courland and the commander of the Kamieniec Fortress during the said war.