Lala Mehmed Pasha
|Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire|
19 November 1595 – 28 November 1595
|Preceded by||Koca Sinan Pasha|
|Succeeded by||Koca Sinan Pasha|
Gölmarmara, Ottoman Empire
|Died||28 November 1595|
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (Modern Turkey)
Born in Gölmarmara in western Anatolia, he became a lala (tutor) to the Sultan Murad III and then to his son Mehmed III, hence his nickname. After having married the daughter of Mehmed III's daye (wet nurse) Halime Hatun, Mehmed Pasha rose to serve as Grand Vizier in 1595, the first year of Mehmed III's reign, although only for a matter of few days before he suddenly died. His lineage continued for centuries, coming all the way to Huseyin Avni Pasha.
- İsmail Hâmi Danişmend, Osmanlı Devlet Erkânı, Türkiye Yayınevi, İstanbul, 1971 (Turkish)
- Leslie P. Peirce (1993). The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire. Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-508677-5.