House of Golitsyn

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The Golitsyn (Russian: Голи́цын, tr. Golitsyn, IPA: ) family, one of the largest and most princely of the noble houses of Russia, originated in the Duchy of Lithuania.

After the extinction of the Korecki family in the 17th century, the Golitsyns claimed dynastic seniority in the House of Gediminas. Notable members include Vasily Vasilyevich Golitsyn (1643-1714), Boris Alexeyevich Golitsyn (1654-1714) and Dmitry Mikhaylovich Golitsyn (1665-1737).

Alternative transliterations of the name include: Galitzine, Galistyn, Galitsin, Golitsin, Golitsyne and Galitzin

The family descends from a Lithuanian prince George, son of Patrikas and grandson of Narimantas. He immigrated to the court of Vasily I and married Vasily's sister. His children and grandchildren, Vassian Patrikeyev, were considered premier Russian boyars.

One of them, Prince Mikhail Bulgakov-Golitsa, earned the nickname Golitsa (glove, geležìs in Old Lithuanian) for an iron glove he wore in the Battle of Orsha in 1514. His son Yuri Bulgakov-Golytsin continued with the family line and his great-grandson Prince Vasily Golitsyn (+1619) was active during the Time of Troubles and went as an ambassador to Poland to offer the Russian crown to Prince Władysław.

Vasily Vasilyevich Golitsyn (1643–1714) was one of the Greatest Russian statesmen of the 17th century, principal minister of state during the Regency of Sophia Alekseyevna (1682–1689)

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