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Frano Điva Gundulića
Francesco Giovanni Gondola
Frano Điva Gundulića 1683
Born 1633
Died 1700
Place of birth Dubrovnik, Republic of Ragusa
(today's Croatia)
Place of death Vienna, Habsburg Monarchy
(today's Austria)
Allegiance Habsburg Monarchy Habsburg Monarchy

Count Frano Gondola, Frano Điva Gundulić[1][2] or Francesco Giovanni Gondola; (born 1633, Dubrovnik - died 1700, Vienna) was a nobleman from Dubrovnik (then Republic of Ragusa), of the House of Gundulić.


He was a child of famous poet Ivan Gundulić and his wife Nika, née Sorkočević/Sorgo/ (†1644). He joined the Austrian Army where he served as a military officer.

In 1655 Frano participated on a diplomatic mission to Moscow. In his personal diary account he noted that the Russian Tzar Alexis I of Russia was very happy that one of the leading envoys was of Slavic descent ("od slovinskoga iesika") so that he could speak his own language without the use of interpreter.

Frano Gundulić wrote from Vienna on 22 May 1672 to his friend Marko Bassegli to ask him to get the Republic to name him Duke and as a result to name Trpanj Dukedom of St. Michael of Trpanj. This was necessary because of his position in Vienna. In February 1679, the Austrian companies became reduces since 12 in 6 companies and soon in 3 into the regiments Kaunitz and Hallewyl. However also still 1679 dissolved and together with move Gundulić divided into the regiments Mercy, Taaffe and Churprinz and was finally made Commandant of Kürassierregiment since 1682–1699.

He also participated in the Battle of Vienna under the Polish King Jan III Sobieski in 1683. He became Generalfeldwachtmeister on 27 July 1682 and Feldmarschall-Leutnant on September 4, 1685.

The family then obtained fiefdoms from Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor. He first married Maria Bobali (daughter of Marin Bobali), who died soon with the first child. His second marriage was with the Countess Maria Victoria (Octavia) Strozzi on April 22, 1674 (d.d. 257, 80, folio 282 Neues Jahrbuch)., they had two children, Frano Gundulić,(+1717)k.k General der. Cav. and Šiško Gundulić,k.k Kriegsdiensten. He died in the Renngasse palace in Vienna 1700.

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