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According to the legend, the Oršić family, which built the palace and inhabited it until the 1920s, originated from the Croatian Lapčani and Karinjani tribe. The family was first mentioned in a 1420 document from Knin. In 1487, the king Matthias Corvinus gave them the estate of Slavetić, near Jastrebarsko, and they were given the attribute of Slavetić because of it. In the 16th century, the family gained other estates in Croatia and abroad and started to form family ties with peer families. In the 17th century all the estates were in the hands of the sole male heir of the family, called Matija, a Border captain whose wealth helped his sons obtain the titles of barons.

Matija’s son Ivan Franjo acquired the estate of Gornja Stubica. He married Elizabeta Petričević, the daughter of Juraj Petričević of Miketinec, the owner of Gornja Stubica, Jakovlje, and Prazno. In 1658, Elizabeta’s brother Franjo killed his wife Katarina, the baroness Keglević, in Stubica. The murder awoke much attention and, according to the law of the time, the family of the murdered could ask for the murderer’s estates as indemnity.

But Petričević made an arrangement with his brother-in-law and ceded him a part of his father’s estates in exchange for the estate of Petrovina in Turopolje, given to Elizabeta as dowry. The murderer was never arrested, despite the efforts of Katarina’s family, but all the estates were ceased for the benefit of the state. The emperor did not want to authorise the exchange agreement, but he gave Franjo Oršić and his descendants the deed of gift for those estates. By a secret agreement, Oršić gave Stubica in usufruct to Franjo Petričević, provided that Petričević, whose sole heir at the time was his little daughter, gave the estate back to the Oršić family if he should die without a male heir.


The coat-of-arms
of the Oršić family
     

Antun Oršić

Franjo’s son Antun married very young. His wife was the exceptionally beautiful and accomplished baroness Marija Terezija Wintershoffen.

They had three children. In 1700, he sued her for adultery and an attempt of murder using magic. He managed to get the divorce, which was almost unprecedented at the time, and the children were taken away from the mother and given in custody to distant relatives. The event provoked a big scandal.


Marija Terezija Wintershoffen
     

Krsto Oršić

Antun’s grandson Krsto Oršić (1718-1782) built a new palace in Gornja Stubica. He married Josipa Zichy from a rich and distinguished Hungarian family.

He distinguished himself in Maria Theresa’s wars, but he took part in other public services in Croatia as well. He was given the title of a count in 1744. From that time on, the Oršić family was considered to be one of the highest-ranking aristocratic families in Croatia.

Krsto’s eldest son Adam wrote memoirs containing precious information on changes in Croatian social life in the second half of the 18th century.


Josipa Oršić born Zichy
   

Adam’s son Jurica was one of the rare noblemen to support the Croatian National Revival from its very beginning.


Juraj Oršić
 
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