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Tchkotoua family history
The family originates, traditionally, from occidental Georgia in the Caucasus from a region called Samurzakano on the border of Mingrelia and Abkhasia.
In the 9th century the first know ancestor, Bero Tchkotoua, founded a monastery in Natsimeri and built a family castle in Saberio, the land of the family. They have since that time been feudal Princes of Saberio. Germain Tchkotoua was Prince Bishop of Bedia under the reign of Bagrat III (978 – 1014).
The Princes Tchkotoua have been from time to time appointed Regents of the Province of Samurzakano by the Georgian Kings, notably in the 14th, 15th and 18th centuries.