Rodzina Herbarz Szalchty Polskiej


(The Family: An Armorial of the Polish Nobility)

Herbarz Polski Herbarz Polski Herbarz Polski


This text reports as follows on the family Gnatowski:


"GNATOWSKI of the coat of arms ŁADA. Old Mazovian family, received the name of the village Gnaty in the country Zakroczym, established themselves at the beginning of the 15th century in Podlasiu[1] and created there the village Gnatów, from which it placed two armed riders in accordance with a Lithuanian document in the case of war[2]. The family strongly increasing itself in the 16th century settled into all parts of the country, above all however to Lithuania and Wolyn. In the court records to Wizkich[3] in the year 1474 the names Aleksy, Maciej, Jacob and others [Gnatowskis] are called. Feliks is mentioned as a castle count of Lomza, northeast of Warsaw in the year 1526. His son, Franciszek, acquired the training zen office (Schulzenamt) in Konarzyce [southwest of Lomza] in the year 1559. Marcin is named as a representative of the Brzezinski[4] administration in the year 1582. Wawrzyniec, son of Jacob, and Walenty, son of Gregorz (Don. Vars.)[5] 1614. Adam signed the election of 1632. Wawrzynicz was a panegyrischer author in 1633. Kazimir, Michal, two Adams, two Jans, two Szymons, Fabian-Tomasz, Jerzy, Pawel, Stanislaw, Stefan followed. Walenty of the country Zakroczymska, Stefan of the country Nurska [Nur]. Wojeciech of the country Warsaw and Wojciech of the Sandomierz Region signed the Election[6] in the year 1697."


In the next sentence, some vagueness exists:


"Alexander 1682, had a son, Jan, with wife Elzbieta Klodschinska in 1746, which had the son Wawrzyniec, castle count Warsawski with wife Teresa Gralewska in 1745."


This sentence is obviously defective already in the Polish original:


"Aleksander 1682 r., z zony Elzbiety Klodzinskiej mial syna Jana 1746 r., po którym z Teresy Gralewskiej syn Wawrzyniec, burgrabia warsawski 1745 r."[7]


The text continues as follows:


"Walery was land and "Femerichter" of Zakroczym, signed in the year 1764 the Election and Josef signed for the region Wolyn in the same year. Antoni was castellan of Owrucki in the years 1775 - 1794. Blazej was saltworks inspector, Vice-regent and castle count of Zakroczym in the years 1778 - 1794. Josef was castellan of Dzwinogrod in the year 1779 (Sigil). Michal was in the year 1788 Court- Vice-regent of Kiev, landowner in Wolyn in the year 1781. Josef, son of Antoni was entered in the year 1803 into the books of the nobility of the Government Kiev.


To Michal, landowner of Duby in Wolyn in the year 1760 came three sons: Antoni, Tomasz and Alexander. To Antoni came a son Pawel, major in the Polish army in the year 1820, whose son Josef with his sons: Zygmunt[8], Pawel and Stanislaw, after Tomasz following January and Jan, sons of Antoni and after Alexander following, Rafal with son Juliusz and August with son Antoni, sons of Alexander, legitimizes 1849 in the empire and written into the aristocracy book of the Governments Podolski [Podolien].


Piotr and Antoni, sons of Antoni, legitimize in the empire and written into the aristocracy book of the Governments Wolyn in the year 1849.


From the Gnatowskis established in Lithuania, a family changed to the Calvinist faith. Pawel sat in the dissidentischen Synod in Kiejdacj in the year 1719. Walerian in 1697 and Ignacy in the year 1764 signed the Election for the region Minsk. Onufry is called 1775 as a stable master of Minsk (Vol. Leg.)[9].


Legitimized in the empire and written in the book of the aristocracy: a) Government Wilenski [Wilna], Josef, son of Andrzej with son Aleksy, grandchild Adam and great-grandchildren: Adam, Feliks and Aleksander in the year 1837. b) Government Minsk, Jan with sons Aleksander, Konstanty, Michal and Mikolaj and Michal with son Jan, sons of Antoni in the year 1855."


Further data, which probably concern this Calvinist family, are with S. Konarski. There it is named:


"Gnatowski, Paul and his wife Anna baptize on 22 July 1684 in Birze[10] their son Johann-Daniel. Gnatowski, Peter, minister in Solomiesc, marries on 14 February 1692 in Wilno to Elizabeth Niewierska"[11].


So far the details about the family Gnatowski of the crest Lada out of the latest of the text reproduced here.



  1. [^]Possibly it concerns here the place Podlasie.
  2. [^]Here the reference to the presence of the Gnatowskis in Lithuania is repeated: see section 1.
  3. [^]Wizna. Square brackets show further insertions by the author.
  4. [^]A landscape
  5. [^]Don. Vars. = Akte grodzki Warzawski, zwane Donatonium
  6. [^]Over the Election see section 4 in this chapter.
  7. [^]Also Boniecki mentions Alexanders marriage with Elzbieta Klodschinska. In its representation the wedding takes place however in 1677: see section 2.1.
  8. [^]Zygmunt Gnatowski is the owner of the "Koliba" house by the architect Stanislaus Witkiewicz in Zakopane, which became the initial Witkiewicz model of Polish national style and later, after Zygmunts death, served as a museum. Also Adam Boniecki, "Herbarz Polski" mentions this family, however with another family tree (see section 2.). For the evaluation of this different descent see section 7.
  9. [^]Vol. Leg. = Volumina Legem Petersburg 1859, Ohryzki edition t.1. do 8 i t. 9 wyd w Krakowie 1889
  10. [^]Birze is a place in Lithuania.
  11. [^]S. Konarski, Szlachta kalwinska w Polsce (Calvinist nobility in Poland), Warsaw 1936, p. 87


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  • von der Lehr, Alfred. Die Gnatowskis. Die Geschichte einer masowischen Familie. Fürth : Selbstverlag 2000. ISBN-Nr: 3-00-005311-5