Niko Bagrationi

Military Person

1868 – 1933


Who was Niko Bagrationi?

Niko Bagrationi was a Georgian nobleman who fought as a volunteer officer in the Boer army during the Second Boer War. He was also known in Georgia as Niko the Boer.

Son of Prince George Nikolaevich Bagration. A member of the Mukhrani branch of the Bagrationi family, he was born at the Mukhrani castle near Tbilisi. He represented Georgian nobility at the Russian Tsar Alexander III’s coronation in 1881.

In 1899, he attended the Paris international exhibition and was going to leave for big-game hunting when he heard that the Anglo-Boer war had broken out. He later wrote in his memoirs that although he had never heard of the Transvaal until then, its struggle for independence reminded him of his motherland. Thus, he was the first volunteer from Russia to arrive in Pretoria where he was welcomed by the Boer statesman Paul Kruger and his generals. Prince Bagrationi quickly won popularity among the Boers and was promoted to colonel. Later, he was taken prisoner by the British and summoned by Lord Kitchener to explain his conduct – a memorable confrontation in which he accused Kitchener of atrocities.

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Also known as
  • Niko the Boer
  • Nikolay Georgievich Bagration

on July 23, 2013


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