Drago Pamucina

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Zagradinje near Trebinje, Ottoman Empire
Died1 February 1892
Trieste, Austria-Hungary
  • Merchant Philanthropist

Drago Pamučina (Serbian Cyrillic: Драго Памучина; Zagradinje near Trebinje, Ottoman Empire, 1810 - Trieste, Austria-Hungary, 1 February 1892) was a Serbian merchant and philanthropist from Herzegovina.


His family originates from the historical tribe Bjelice|Ćeklići in Katun, Pljevlja|Katunska nahija in Montenegro. From there, his ancestors moved to Trebinje.[1] Father Jefta was a farmer and cattle trader, and mother Jefimija, a housewife. In his youth he was a shepherd. At the village assembly in 1836, he killed Knyaz Sima Miskin, who convened the assembly to gather fighters from the Serbs from Površje, Krško|Površa to take part in a punitive expedition on behalf of the Ottoman Empire against Drobnjaci. [2]

Because of this act, the Ottoman authorities were at his heel and he was forced to flee to Dubrovnik, where he began to trade. In 1840, he moved to Trieste, and at first traded in various goods, only to later keep only a grain shop. He retired in 1876 as a landlord in Trieste.[3]

Contribution to the fight against the Turks

He helped the efforts of the Serbian people in the Balkan Peninsula to free themselves from Turkish rule. In 1852, he procured two cannons for the Principality of Montenegro, which were used in the battle of Crnica. During Herzegovina uprising (1875–1877)|Uprising in Herzegovina in 1875 and 1876, he delivered weapons, ammunition and lead the insurgents by ship. At that time, 700 rifles were delivered to Montenegro, which is why Drago Pamučina was later awarded the Order of Prince Danilo I | Order of Prince Danilo and Order of the Cross of Takovo.[4]


He helped churches and schools financially. In Zagradinje, he renovated the church and supplied it with liturgical books and objects, and in his will, he bequeathed it 500 forints. In the neighboring village of Slivnica (Trebinje), he built a school in 1887, which was attended by children from several villages in Trebinje's Površa. He also built an apartment for teachers and left a living fund to the school in his will. He left legacies to Serbian municipalities in Dubrovnik and Trieste, money to the Saint Spyridon Church, Trieste|Church of St. Spyridon in Trieste, the poor in Trieste regardless of religion, the Orthodox Church in Dubrovnik and the church in Ceklići. He left the land and houses to his family.

In the 1870s, he was president of the Slovene Reading Room in Trieste, a cultural society that brought together South Slavs in the city.[5]

He was buried in the Orthodox cemetery of St. George in Trieste.[6]


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