Brin, Franz Abramovich

Franz Abramovich von Brin (1761 – February 23, 1844, Moscow) – Privy Councilor, Senator.


Descended from a German family of Ostsee nobles.

In 1772 he was enlisted as a in the Life Grenadier Regiment, in 1775 he was transferred to the rank of sergeant in the Life Guards Izmailovsky Regiment. Since 1781 he was an army captain in the Shlisselburg musketeer regiment. From 1782 – in the Navarino regiment, from 1785 – quartermaster in the 1st fuseler regiment, from that year until his retirement he was enlisted in artillery.

In 1787-1794. participated in campaigns in the Crimea, in arming the of Kerch and Yenikale; distinguished himself when crossing the Yenikalsky Strait to the island of Taman, for the siege of the fortress of Anapa. In the absence of the commander, Major General Rosenberg, he remained in command of the fortresses of Kerch and Yenikale. In 1798 he was a colonel in the Lamsdorf artillery battalion.

In 1799 he retired; two months later, in the rank of actual state councilor, he was appointed to the position of adviser to the main post office.

In 1805-1807. – Governor in the Smolensk province. I was not engaged in governing the province enough; the military governor SS Apraksin reported to the Senate that he had not found Governor von Brin several times in the provincial government.

In 1808-1810. – Governor in Tomsk; during his reign in 1809, the first pharmacy of the Order of Public Charity was opened in Tomsk.

In 1810-1821. – Tobolsk Governor. December 12, 1810 to privy councilor. He paid attention to “concerns about national food” (implementation of the decree on potato cultivation in Siberia), organized recruiting during the Patriotic War of 1812, streamlined the operation of breaking salt from Koryakovskoye Lake, and rebuilt distilleries. In 1812-1815. under his special control were the issues of organizing recruiting, providing the army, maintaining internal order, supervision of prisoners of war and foreign citizens exiled to Siberia. The results of the audit carried out by MM Speransky in the Tobolsk province in 1819-1821 did not inspire much optimism, but no flagrant violations on the part of the governor were revealed.

The governor is an old man, weak, but good-natured, well-bred; enemy to Pestel, although he is his son-in-law and although he is assigned here; but the enemy is irreconcilable in domestic gossip and in the way of thinking … He leads the province as soon as his old years and poor health allow it.

– M. M. Speransky (quoted by:)

[тобольский губернатор Ф. А. фон Брин] „I was at a very old age and did not enter into anything”

– Nolde A.E. M. M. Speransky: biography. – M., 2004. – C. 152.

On July 28, 1821, he was appointed to the Senate, and was listed as a non-present member of the 7th department until the end of his life.


  • Order of St. Anne 1st degree (April 20, 1809)
  • Order of St. Vladimir, 4th degree (1827)
  • Badge for XL years of impeccable service


Wife – Elizaveta Borisovna Pestel, sister of I.B. Pestel, Governor-General of Siberia. Their children:

  • Natalia (1799-1831)
  • Sergei (1806-1876), lieutenant general.
  • Elizabeth (1814—?)

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