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Novgorod Governorate
Новгородская губерния
Governorate of the Russian Empire (1727–1917), Russian Republic, and Russian SFSR (1917–1927)
Coat of arms of Novgorod
Coat of arms

Location in the Russian Empire
118,544.4 km2 (45,770.2 sq mi)
• 1897[1]
• Established
• became part of Leningrad Oblast
August 1 1927
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Saint Petersburg Governorate
Leningrad Oblast

Novgorod Governorate[a] was an administrative-territorial unit (guberniya) of the Russian Empire and the Russian SFSR, which existed from 1727 to 1776 and from 1796 to 1927. Its administrative center was in the city of Novgorod. The governorate was located in the northwest of the European part of the Russian Empire.

History edit

The governorate was established in 1727 from Belozersk, Novgorod, Pskov, Tver and Velikiye Luki Provinces of St. Petersburg Governorate. It was abolished by a decree (ukase) of Catherine II on September 5 [O.S. August 24], 1776, which established Novgorod and Tver Viceroyalties instead. Novgorod Viceroyalty included Novgorod and Olonets Oblast, whereas Tver Viceroyalty was made of the former Tver Province.[2] The viceroyalty was never formally abolished, however, after a number of administrative transformations it was divided into what was later to become Olonets Governorate, and into Novgorod Viceroyalty proper. After 1796, Novgorod Viceroyalty was mentioned in official documents only as Novgorod Governorate.[2] This second Novgorod Governorate existed until 1927, when its territory was included into Leningrad Oblast.

In terms of the modern political division of Russia, Novgorod Governorate as of 1727 comprised the areas of what is currently Novgorod Oblast and Pskov Oblast, the greater parts of the Republic of Karelia, as well as parts of Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Leningrad, and Tver Oblasts. In 1927, it only comprised a larger part of current Novgorod Oblast and a small part of Tver Oblast.

Administrative divisions edit

The European part of the Russian Republic in 1917. Novgorod Governorate is shown as the teal area in the top part of the map.

In 1727, the description of Novgorod Governorate's borders was not given. Instead, the territory was defined as a set of cities and the lands adjacent to those cities. The cities were[3]

In 1764, Jacob Sievers was appointed governor of Novgorod. He discovered that most of the towns in the governorate were located along the western border and were in fact former fortresses, whereas large spaces like for instance between Novgorod and Ustyuzhna, had no towns at all. The general policy of Catherine the Great at the time was to diminish the number of towns and to create large uyezds, and in 1764, most of the uyezds were abolished, however, Sievers argued that this policy was not appropriate for Novgorod Governorate, since it was large, sparsely populated, and difficult to administer. He suggested that Vyshny Volochyok, Valday, Borovichi, and Ostashkov would be chartered instead. In 1770, these towns were indeed chartered.[3]

Novgorod Governorate bordered Poland in the west until 1772. In 1772, as a result of the First Partition of Poland, parts of Livonia and what is now eastern Belarus were transferred to Russia. In order to accommodate these areas, Pskov Governorate was created, and Velikiye Luki and Pskov Provinces (with the exception of future Gdovsky Uyezd) were transferred to this governorate. In 1773, Olonetsky Uyezd was incorporated as Olonets Province but still remained in Novgorod Governorate. The province consisted of three uyezds with the centers in Olonets, Vytegra, and Padansky Pogost. In the same year, Porkhovsky, Gdovsky, Ladozhsky, Starorussky, and Tikhvinsky Uyezds were established.[3]

By 1775, Novgorod Governorate was subdivided as follows:

In 1796, after the governorate was restored, it consisted of eleven uyezds,[2]

In 1802, Olonets Governorate was restored in pre-1796 borders. It included Petrozavodsky, Olonetsky, Kargopolsky, Vytegorsky, and Lodeynopolsky Uyezds. Simultaneously, Krestetsky Uyezd (with the administrative center located in Kresttsy), Kirillovsky Uyezd (Kirillov), and Cherepovetsky Uyezd (Cherepovets) were re-established.

In 1816, Novgorod Governorate became the area where military settlements were deployed, in accordance with the project designed by Aleksey Arakcheyev, an influential statesman. It was inconvenient to have both civial and military administration in Staraya Russa, and therefore Starorussky Uyezd was abolished in 1824. The town of Staraya Russa and some adjacent territories were directly subordinated to the Defense Ministry. Simultaneously, Demyansk was chartered, and Demyansky Uyezd was established. Military settlements were established in Novgorodsky, Demyansky, and Krestetsky Uyezds. The military settlements were proven inefficient, in particular, in 1831, the area participated in the Cholera Riots. They were abolished in 1856. In 1857, Starorussky Uyezd was re-established.[2]

From 1859 to 1917, the governorate consisted of eleven uezds:

County County Town Arms of County Town Area Population
(1897 census)
Transliteration name Russian Cyrillic
Belozersky Бѣлозерскій Belozersk
14,860.4 km2
(5,737.6 sq mi)
Borovichsky Боровичскій Borovichi
10,294 km2
(3,975 sq mi)
Valdaysky Валдайскій Valday
6,569.6 km2
(2,536.5 sq mi)
Demyansky Демянскій Demyansk
4,919.7 km2
(1,899.5 sq mi)
Kirillovsky Кирилловскій Kirillov
13,852.1 km2
(5,348.3 sq mi)
Krestetsky Крестецкій Kresttsy
8,965.8 km2
(3,461.7 sq mi)
Novgorodsky Новгородскій Novgorod
10,018.8 km2
(3,868.3 sq mi)
Starorussky Старорусскій Staraya Russa
9,536.3 km2
(3,682.0 sq mi)
Tikhvinsky Тихвинскій Tikhvin
18,401.6 km2
(7,104.9 sq mi)
Ustyuzhensky Устюжскій Ustyuzhna
12,879.5 km2
(4,972.8 sq mi)
Cherepovetsky Череповецкій Cherepovets
8,246 km2
(3,184 sq mi)

In 1917, two towns of the governorate were chartered but did not become uyezd centers: Bologoye (Valdaysky Uyezd) and Lyuban (Novgorodsky Uyezd). In 1920, Malovishersky Uyezd was established, however, Malaya Vishera (formerly in Krestetsky Uyezd) was not chartered until 1921. In 1922, Krestetsky Uyezd was abolished.

In June 1918, five uyezds of the Novgorod Governorate (Beloozersky, Kirillovsky, Tikhvinsky, Ustyuzhensky, and Cherepovetsky) were split off to create Cherepovets Governorate, with the administrative centre located in Cherepovets.[4]

Thus, by 1927 the governorate consisted of the following six uyezds:

Governors edit

The administration of the governorate was performed by a governor. The governors of Novgorod Governorate were[5]

  • 1727–1729 Yury Yakovlevich Khilkov, governor;
  • 1729 -? Vasily Ivanovich Gagarin, governor;
  • ? – ? A. F. Bredikhin, governor;
  • ? – ? Vasily Vasilyevich Naryshkin, governor;
  • 1742–1743 Grigory Ivanovich Orlov, governor;
  • 1743 Pyotr Ivanovich Saltykov, governor;
  • 1743–1760 Pyotr Borisovich Cherkassky, governor;
  • 1760–1761 Grigory Semyonovich Meshchersky, governor;
  • 1761–1764 Stepan Fyodorovich Ushakov, governor;
  • 1764–1776 Yakov Yefimovich Sivers (Jacob Sievers), governor.
  • 1798 Dmitry Fyodorovich Glinka, governor;
  • 1798–1799 Nikifir Mikhaylovich Marin, governor;
  • 1799–1800 Vladimir Matveyevich Rzhevsky, governor;
  • 1800–1801 Stepan Fyodorovich Obolyaninov, governor;
  • 1801–1804 Ivan Mikhaylovich Rikman, governor;
  • 1805 Yegor Mikhaylovich Ryabinin, governor;
  • 1805–1810 Roman Vasilyevich Ukhtomsky, governor;
  • 1809–1812 Duke George of Oldenburg, governor general;
  • 1810–1812 Aleksey Vasilyevich Vasilchikov, governor;
  • 1812–1813 Pavel Ivanovich Sumarokov, governor;
  • 1814–1818 Nikolay Nazaryevich Muravyov, governor;
  • 1818–1826 Dmitry Sergeyevich Zherebtsov, governor;
  • 1826 Stroyev, acting governor;
  • 1826–1834 Avgust Ulyanovich Denfer, governor;
  • 1834–1838 Pyotr Lavrentyevich Sukovkin, governor;
  • 1838–1840 Ivan Grigoryevich Senyavin, governor;
  • 1840–1846 Yelpifidor Antiokhovich Zurov, governor;
  • 1846–1848 Khristophor Khristophorovich fon der Khoven (Christoph von der Hoven), governor;
  • 1848–1850 Fyodor Ivanovich Vaskov, governor;
  • 1851–1853 Fyodor Antonovich Burachkov, governor;
  • 1853–1855 Trofim Ivanovich Moskvin, governor;
  • 1855–1857 Ivan Sidorovich Kokushkin, governor;
  • 1857–1862 Vladimir Ivanovich Filippovich, governor;
  • 1862–1864 Vladimir Yakovlevich Skaryatin, governor;
  • 1864–1882 Eduard Vasilyevich Lerkhe (Lerche), governor;
  • 1882–1894 Alexander Nikolayevich Mosolov, governor;
  • 1894–1896 Boris Vladimirovich Shtyurmer (Stuermer), governor;
  • 1896–1907 Otton Lyudvigovich Medem, governor;
  • 1907–1911 Pyotr Petrovich Bashilov, governor;
  • 1911–1913 Viktor Alexandrovich Lopukhin, governor;
  • 1913–1917 Mikhail Vladimirovich Islavin, governor.

In 1809, Duke George of Oldenburg was appointed governor general and supervised Novgorod, Tver, and Yaroslavl Governorates. In 1812, he died, and the position of the governor general was abolished.[6]

Note edit

  1. ^
    • Russian: Новгородская губерния, pre-1918 orthography: Новгоро́дская губе́рнія, romanized: Novgorodskaya guberniya
    • Russian pronunciation: [ˈnofɡərətskəjə ɡʊˈbʲernʲɪjə]

References edit

  1. ^ "Первая всеобщая перепись населения Российской Империи 1897 г."
  2. ^ a b c d Снытко, О.В.; et al. (2009). С.Д. Трифонов; Т.Б. Чуйкова; Л.В. Федина; А.Э. Дубоносова (eds.). Административно-территориальное деление Новгородской губернии и области 1727–1995 гг. Справочник (PDF) (in Russian). Saint Petersburg. p. 20. Retrieved February 4, 2012.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  3. ^ a b c Снытко, О.В.; et al. (2009). С.Д. Трифонов; Т.Б. Чуйкова; Л.В. Федина; А.Э. Дубоносова (eds.). Административно-территориальное деление Новгородской губернии и области 1727–1995 гг. Справочник (PDF) (in Russian). Saint Petersburg. p. 16. Retrieved February 4, 2012.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  4. ^ State Archives of the Vologda Oblast Archived September 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Новгородская область (in Russian). narod.ru. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Малыгин, П. Д.; Смирнов, С. Н. (2007). История административно-территориального деления Тверской Области (PDF). Tver. pp. 14–15. OCLC 540329541.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)