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Tatyana Watson, granddaughter of Vladimir Bryanchaninov, will arrive in Vologda Oblast from Australia

Every year Tatyana Watson visits Bryanchaninovs' country estate, a unique monument of history and culture of the Federal value. This time she will arrive at Spasskoye-Kurkino. For 24 years, Tatyana has been spending every summer in the vicinity of the family estate where she is happy to communicate with those who want to learn more about the noble family.

The history of Pokrovskoye settlement is connected with the Bryanchaninov family that started with the boyarin Mikhail Brenko, killed in the Battle of Kulikovo. The Bryanchaninovs' lands in Vologda, Gryazovets and Kadnikov districts were first mentioned in a chronicle of the 17th century. Probably Pokrovskoye was granted to the Bryanchaninovs for their participation in the volunteer corps of 1611-1612.

Holy Hierarch St. Ignaty Bryanchaninov was born into the Bryanchaninov family, a family of long-standing nobility on February 5, 1807 in the village of Pokrovskoye. Holy Hierarch Ignaty earnestly saw as his most important tasks apostolic service to the flock, bringing peace and strengthening and spreading Holy Orthodoxy. Ignaty made zealous efforts to establish liturgical life and normalize relations between clergy and laity. The Holy Hierarch took care to improve the daily life of the clergy, to raise its educational level, and to improve their interrelations to a level consistent with their spiritual calling.

Even in our days, there is continued interest in Bishop Ignaty himself and in his immortal writings. Holy Hierarch Ignaty Bryanchaninov is the best spiritual director, the best example of how in the whirlpool of life one can preserve faith in Christ. The Bryanchaninovs' country estate attracts the ever-increasing number of Orthodox pilgrims and tourists from all parts of Russia.

In 1803 the settlement of Pokrovskoye was inherited by Alexander Semyonovich Bryanchaninov, father of Ignaty. Being a person of great enterprise, the owner decided to construct a new manor next to the rural churchyard where all the deceased members of the family had been buried. The construction was completed in 1812.

In 1918 Vladimir and Sophia Bryanchaninovs, the last owners of the country estate immigrated to Czechoslovakia having left all their property. Later they moved to France and their children left for Australia in 1945.

In 2009 the Bryanchaninovs' country estate was restored in the village of Pokrovskoye (Gryazovets District) with funds provided by the Oblast budget. The Most Holy Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Alexius II gave a blessing to it.

In 2015 Tatyana Watson, granddaughter of Vladimir Bryanchaninov was awarded a state award of the Vologda Region - the Medal "For merit to the Vologda Region" for her tangible contribution into the restoration of her ancestors’ mansion.

In 2017 Tatyana Watson was awarded a medal of the Holy Monk Demetrius Prilutsky at the Sophia Cathedral for charity and her tangible contribution into the restoration and building of churches and monasteries.

Vologda Oblast official website