Myloradovych, Hryhorii

Myloradovych, Hryhorii [Myloradovyč, Hryhorij] (Miloradovich, Grigorii), b 6 October 1839 in Chernihiv, d 26 August 1905 in Chernihiv. (Photo: Hryhorii Myloradovych.) Historian, genealogist, and Russian count from 1873. A member of the Myloradovych family of Serbian descent, he was educated at the Page Corps in Saint Petersburg, served as an officer in a guard regiment, and fought in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–8. In 1890 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and was elected marshal of the nobility in Chernihiv gubernia (to 1896). In 1898 he became a member of the Council of the Ministry of Agriculture and State Property. He organized and was the first president of the Chernihiv Learned Archival Commission.

Myloradovych wrote many historical studies of Left-Bank Ukraine and Ukrainian genealogy and heraldry, which were published in Kievskaia starina, Chteniia Moskovskago obshchestva istorii i drevnostei rossiiskikh, Chernigovskiia gubernskiia vedomosti, and other periodicals. His major works are a guide to sources for the study of Little Russia (1858); a book of materials on the history of ‘Southern Russia’ (1858); a guide to foreign sources on the history of Little Russia (1859); a biography of Gov A. Myloradovych (1877); a booklet on the Polubotok family's documents of 1669–1734 (1889); a description of the Chernihiv Cathedral of the Transfiguration and Saints Borys and Hlib Cathedral (1889); studies on the Little Russian nobility (1890) and the heraldic crests of Little Russian noble families (1892); a history of the town of Liubech (1898), which his family owned; and a genealogical guidebook to Chernihiv gubernia's nobility (2 vols, 1901). Documents from Myloradovych's family archive in Liubech were edited by Oleksander Lazarevsky and published as supplements to Kievskaia starina in 1896 and 1898 and separately in 1898. Myloradovych kept a diary from 1875 on. It is a valuable source for the study of Ukrainian conservatism in the second half of the 19th century.

Oleksander Ohloblyn

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 3 (1993).]

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