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Kenjo Janković
Birth name Krsto Janković
Nickname Kenjo Stankov
Born 1797
Died 12 May 1861
Place of birth Rvaši, Ceklin, Montenegro
Place of death Strugari, Ceklin, Montenegro
Allegiance  Prince-Bishopric of Montenegro (1814–52)
 Principality of Montenegro
(1852–61)
Years of service 1814–61
Battles/wars
Awards Obilić Medal

Kenjo Stankov Janković (Montenegrin cyrillic: Кењо Станков Јанковић; 1797 in Ceklin – 12 May 1861 in Ceklin) was a Montenegrin warrior and military leader. Janković is most notable for leading a small band of Montenegrin rebels which captured the Ottoman-occupied town of Žabljak Crnojevića on two occasions, in 1835 and 1852.

Biography[]

Janković was born in 1797 in the village of Rvaši in Ceklin, to father Stanko and mother Bistra. He was a Montenegrin rebel and military leader of the Montenegrin Ceklin clan, which faced constant clashes with nearby Ottoman Sanjak of Scutari, first taking up arms at the age of 17, and continuing his guerilla activity until the end of his life. His most notable achievements were two successful invasions of the fortified town of Žabljak Crnojevića, which his company occupied in 1835 and 1852.[1] For his achievements he was decorated with the Obilić medal, the highest military decoration in Montenegro at the time.

Legacy[]

Žabljak, the fortified town Janković and his troops successfully captured in 1835 and 1852.

Janković was buried in his home village of Rvaši, where Prince Nikola I erected a monument to his memory in 1874.[2] Monument to Janković and other rebels who liberated Žabljak Crnojevića on two occasions was erected in the town.

References[]

  1. Vujačić, Marko (1990). Znameniti crnogorski i hercegovački junaci II. Podgorica: Pobjeda. 
  2. http://rvasi.me/ceklin/rvasi-kroz-vrijeme/#_ftnref4

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