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David IX

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David IX
13th King of Georgia
PredecessorGeorge V
SuccessorBagrat V
SpouseSindukhtar Jaqeli
IssueBagrat V
DynastyBagrationi dynasty
FatherGeorge V of Georgia
ReligionGeorgian Orthodox Church

David IX (Georgian: დავით IX; died 1360), from the Bagrationi dynasty, was king (mepe) of Georgia from 1346 until his death.[1]


David was the only known son of George V of Georgia. The identity of his mother is not known.

He ascended the throne succeeding on the death of his father in 1346. However, the kingdom’s stability and prosperity left by his father was not to last, as the Black Death swept through the area in 1348, decimating the population and producing a severe economic crisis.[1]

In 1349-1350, Ilkhan Anushirwan invaded the country, to whom Georgia paid 400,000 dinars as a tribute.

Despite the mentioned difficult situation, David IX was engaged in state building work. According to the inscription of 1350 of the Tmogvi fortress, at the direction of King David, the walls of the castle were renovated. The king also paid attention to the facts of seizure of church estates by secular feudal lords during Mongol rule. He returned to the Mtskheti church the peasants and lands from the Dzami and Khedureti valleys given by David VII Ulu to the noble nobility, the Mtskheti church to Orbodzleli (King David paid 1200 tetri to Orbodzleli to give him the church estates).

According to Vakhushti of Kartli, King David's wife was Queen Sindukhtar, who seems to have been the sister of Agbugha, the prince of Samtskhe. One of the king's daughters, Gulshar, was married to Ioane of Ksani, and the other, Gulkhan-Eudokia, was married to Manuel, the youngest son of the Emperor Alexios III of Trebizond. This marriage, of course, was a political act and meant to strengthen the political union between Georgia and the Empire of Trebizond.

During David's reign, according to Vakhushti of Kartli, there was a solar eclipse in Georgia in 1357.

David died in 1360 in Geguti. He is buried in Gelati Monastery, he succeeded by his son, Bagrat V the Great.

Marriage and childrens[edit]

He was married to Sindukhtar, daughter of Ivane I Jaqeli, Prince of Samtskhe-Saatabago. They had two children:


  1. ^ a b Mikaberidze, Alexander (2015-02-06). Historical Dictionary of Georgia. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 255. ISBN 978-1-4422-4146-6.

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Preceded by King of Georgia
Succeeded by