Gojko Mrnjavčević

Gojko Mrnjavčević (Serbian: Гојко Мрњавчевић; fl. 1355–unknown) was a 14th-century noble that held the title of logothete in the Serbian Empire. He is mentioned in Serb epic poetry as Vojvoda Gojko,[1] commanding the Serbian army in the Battle of Maritsa against the Ottoman Empire alongside his two brothers. The Serbian army was destroyed and his brothers died, Gojko according to legend, escaped and started the Kuči clan in Montenegro.


He is the third of the Mrnjavčević brothers (alongside Vukašin and Uglješa).

In the Serbian epic poem The Building of Skadar[2] the three brothers were building a fortress on the Bojana river, at Skadar, (now Shkodër, Albania), for three years, until he has buried his young wife alive within the walls of the Skadar fortress, as a sacrifice demanded by the mountain vila (nymph in Slavic mythology).[3]

In the Battle of Maritsa, he commanded 30.000, as did his brothers.[4] (In reality-30,000 soldiers was probably close to the total number of soldiers that marched toward their destruction at that fateful battle on the Maritsa R. in Sept. 1371)


He is registered as an ancestor of the Serb clan of Mrnjavčevići.

  • Gojko
  • Nenad
  • Grča (Gavrilo) Nenadin
  • Panto Grčin (Grčić)
  • Đurađ
  • Tihomir
  • Marko
  • Aleksa (Lješ)
  • Petar Pantin (Pantović)
  • Marko
  • Andrija
  • Vuko (Vukašin)
  • Nikač (Nikola)
  • Petar
  • Andrija
  • Nikola
  • Stojan
  • Vuko
  • Stevo (Stefan)
  • Periša
  • Stefan
  • Vuk


  • King Vukasin and the Disastrous Battle of Marica

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