David Bagrationi

David Bagrationi

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David Bagrationi () also known as David the Regent () (1 July 1767, Tbilisi, Georgia, — 13 May 1819, St Petersburg, Russia), a Georgian prince (batonishvili), writer and scholar, was a regent of the Kingdom of Kartl-Kakheti, eastern Georgia, from December 28, 1800 to January 18, 1801.

The eldest son of the last Kartl-Kakhetian, King George XII by his first wife Ketevan Andronikashvili, he was educated in Russia (1787–1789), and served there as a colonel of the Russian army from 1797 to 1798. He was proclaimed as Heir Apparent by his father on February 22, 1799 and confirmed by the Russian Tsar Paul I, an official protector of Georgia, on 18 April 1799. In 1800, he attempted to modernize the law and administration.

On his father’s death in December 1800, David became the head of the Royal House of Bagrationi but was not allowed to ascend the throne of Kartl-Kakheti. David ruled briefly between the time of his father’s death (December 28, 1800) and the arrival of General Knorring (May 24, 1801).Suny, Ronald Grigor (1994), The Making of the Georgian Nation: 2nd edition, p. 357. Indiana University Press, ISBN 0-253-20915-3 In November 1800 the Russian Tsar had prohibited him from doing that without Russian consent. On January 18, 1801 he was surprised by a decree of Paul I declaring the annexation of the Kingdom to the Russian Empire. He tried to remain in power as de facto head of state. In May 1801 Russian General Carl Heinrich Knorring removed him...
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