Ivan Makarovich Orbeliani

Prince Ivan Makarovich Dzhambakurian-Orbeliani (Georgian: ივანე მამუკას ძე ორბელიანი Russian: Ива́н Мака́рович Орбелиа́ни) (9 September 1844 – 13 November 1919) was a Russian imperial general, governor of Kutaisi and Georgian prince.


He was born as a member of one of the most important princely families of Georgia, the House of Orbeliani. His parents were Prince Mamuka Tomazovich Orbeliani and Princess Ketevan Eristavi of Ksani. His family originated from Georgia, then part of the Russian Empire.

He was in the army since the 1860s. His first success was shown in the battles with the mountaineers and later he also took part in the Russian-Turkish war (1877–1878). As a lieutenant he fought in the Caucasus, by 1883 he was already a colonel and six years later a major-general.

He was also the commander of the:

He led the Russian army in the Russo-Japanese War.

Family and descendants

In Tiflis in 1872, he married his cousin Princess Maria Dmitrievna Svyatopolk-Mirsky (1856–1899), daughter of the Russian General Prince Dmitry Ivanovich Svyatopolk-Mirsky and his wife, Princess Sophia Yakovlevna Orbeliani (30 May 1825 – 9 June 1898). They had three children:

Prince Ivan died in 1919 and was buried at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, Georgia.

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