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Constantine was one of the sons of the Paul Zohrab who was at one stage living in Constantinople (Istanbul). Constantine was born and grew up in Istanbul, according to MacFarlane 1829. Both Constantine Zohrab and his eldest son, Edward Zohrab, are acknowledged in the Preface as sources of information on Turkey, but the author says he is most indebted to Constantine. The preface also says that Constantine also probably furnished information to his sister's husband, Mr. Thornton, author of "The Present State of Turkey". The Preface says that Constantine had been to England (several times), France, Russia, and most of the countries of Europe, and that he was a merchant, in partnership with the then British Consul-General in Constantinople, a Mr. Cartwright.

Donoghue (2004) states that Constantine was first dragoman to the Dutch legation in Constantinople. However, David Wilson (emailed notes of April 2012) says that he can find no record of Constantine being employed as a dragoman by the Dutch, and that it was almost certain that he was never their first dragoman.  However, Constantine knew both Turkish and French (and probably Armenian, since his wife was Armenian), so it is at least possible that he was employed as a dragoman at some stage.

Constantine supposedly married Mary de Serpos, an Armenian from Venice, and had six children: Edward, Paul, John, Mary (mother of Lady Fanny Blunt), Matilda, and Sophia ("Kate"). That supports the possibility that Constantine's uncle was Johannes Zohrab, who lived in Venice.   Tuckerman (1895, p. 248) states that Constantine's wife was Scottish, and that their son Paul had the physique and accent of a Scottish Highlander.  Most of this can be explained by the claim in his obituary (see below) that he was brought up and educated in Edinburgh and Aberdeen by a Mr. Gordon.  John had a lot of descendants, including the numerous Greenwood branch of the family, created when John's daughter Eliza married James Greenwood.

Edward Zohrab, was in Ottoman (Turkish) Government service in London in 1843, British Consul in Tblisi (Georgia), and buried at Ferikigei Protestant Cemetery.  He is probably the person to whom was dedicated the Rev. Alishan's volume of Armenian Popular Songs. MacFarlane (1850) states that Edward was the Ottoman Consul-General in London in 1847, under whose "care and active superintendence" the Turkish ship was fitted up, on which the author travelled from England to Turkey.


Dr. Paul Boghos Zohrab Bey

Dr. Paul (Boghos) Zohrab Bey

(Photograph courtesy of Mr & Mrs Kelvin & Rosemary Pollock)


A son of Constantine Zohrab, he was a doctor who had studied in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and also in London, and practised mainly in Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey.

John Zohrab, a younger brother of Dr. Paul Zohrab, was a silk farmer near Brussa, Turkey. The actual village in which he lived was called Hadgi Eivat, according to his niece, Lady Fanny BluntMacFarlane (1850) describes John Zohrab as "the greatest resource of all, our choicest, most useful companion, our best 'guide, philosopher and friend,' ... one of the sons of my old friend Constantine Zohrab...," and says that John had gone to school in England. The same book also says -- referring to John as "Tchelebee John" (Gentleman John), as everyone called him -- that:

"Although he led rather a Robinson Crusoe life Tchelebee John had a wife and little family, and two brothers of his spouse -- fine young men both -- were living with him in the farm house."

Interestingly, the book goes on to refer to one of her brothers as "Monsieur Louis Vallé", indicating that John's wife, Caroline's maiden name had been Vallé. Elsewhere she is referred to as "daughter of Dr. Dominique", but "Dominique is generally a Christian name in French, and it may have been a Turkish custom to refer to Westerners by their Christian names only, since surnames may not have been in vogue in Turkey at that time.

John and Caroline had eight children: Eliza, Albert, Bridget, Amadeo, Edward, Alfred, Elfrida and Emily.


General Sir Edward Henry Zohrab Pasha, K.C.M.G., C.B

General Sir Edward Henry Zohrab Pasha, K.C.M.G., C.B., Egyptian Under Secretary of State for War (Photograph courtesy of Mr & Mrs Kelvin & Rosemary Pollock)


Elfrida Matilda Zohrab (not to be confused with her niece, Elfrida Greenwood) married James Ponsford.  He was born in 1840 in Marylebone and was a civil engineer.  They had three children, including Frank Frederick Ponsford.


Elfrida Ponsford (nee Zohrab)
Frank Ponsford (with spectacles)
Frank Ponsford on Lemnos in 1924

Elfrida Matilda Ponsford (nee Zohrab)

Frank Ponsford

Frank Ponsford on Lemnos in 1924



Emily Zohrab

Emily Zohrab, daughter of John and Caroline Zohrab, married in Naples.


Lady Fanny Janet Blunt Lady Fanny Janet Blunt

Lady Fanny Janet Blunt, nee Sandison, a daughter of Mary Zohrab, was born in Istanbul and grew up in Brussa.  She was the authoress of "My Reminiscences") 1840 - 1926, and married Sir John Elijah Blunt KCB (British Consul at Salonika (Thessaloniki) & Boston).


According to Akira Hamada, Constantine's grandson, Edward Zohrab Holme, started the Japanese tea trade.








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