Kiev Viceroyalty

Kiev Viceroyalty was created in the process of the Catherine's reform initiated by hers November 7, 1775 edict when the new administrative unit namestnichestvo (viceroyalty) was introduced.

Kiev Viceroyalty
Кіевское наместничество
Viceroyalty of Russian Empire
Kievskoe Namestnichestvo.jpg
Kiev Viceroyalty map from 1792
• Established
November 7 1775
• Disestablished
November 30 1796
Political subdivisionsuyezds: 11
okrugs: 10 (from 1791)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Kiev Governorate (1708–1764)
Little Russia Governorate (1764–1781)
Kiev Governorate
Little Russia Governorate (1796–1802)

On September 16, 1781, an edict was issued to transform the Governorate into a Viceroyalty (Kievskoye namestnichestvo),[1][2][3][4] with the effective date of January 9, 1782.[2] The Viceroyalty was subdivided into the following counties (uyezds):[2]

Note that some sources state that the towns of Khorol and Gorodishche were included without their districts.[5]

In 1789, Gorodishche county was transferred to the Yekaterinoslav Governorate. In 1791, the Kiev Viceroyalty was subdivided into ten okrugs[2] and in early 1790s additional districts (uyezds) of Bohuslav, Gadyach, Kaniv, Zinkiv, Korsun, and Lokhvytsia were added.[5]

On June 4, 1782, the Coat of Arms of Kiev was officially approved, which de facto became a Coat of Arms of the Viceroyalty. According to the description, Archangel Michael is dressed in silver holding up an aglow sword, depicted on an azure shield.[6]


  1. ^ Сергей Тархов, "Изменение административно-территориального деления России в XIII-XX в." (pdf), Логос, No. 1 2005 (46), сс. 65–101, ISSN 0869-5377
  2. ^ a b c d Иван Фундуклей. "Статистическое описание Киевской Губернии", Часть I. Санкт-Петербург, 1852. (Ivan Fundukley. Statistical Description of Kiev Governorate. St. Petersburg, 1852)
  3. ^ "Киевская область". Archived from the original on 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  4. ^ Справка: Административно-территориальное деление России XVIII-XX веков, Отечественные записки, № 6 (7) (2002)
  5. ^ a b Гербы украинских земель в составе Российской империи
  6. ^ ПСЗ, т. XXI, №15423, cited through Гербы украинских земель в составе Российской империи