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|Coat of Arms||Piława|
|Parents|| Jakub Potocki |
|Consorts|| Zofia Firlej |
|Children|| with Zofia Firlej |
with Elżbieta Kazanowska
|Date of Birth||1595|
|Place of Birth||?|
|Date of Death||November 20, 1651|
|Place of Death||?|
Mikołaj "Niedźwiedzia Łapa" Potocki, (1595-20th November 1651) was a noble (szlachcic), magnate and Field Crown Hetman of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1637 to 1646, Great Crown Hetman from 1646 to 1651, voivode of Braclaw Voivodship from 1636, from 1646 castellan of Cracow.
In 1637 defeated rebelious Cossacks under Pawluk at the battle of Kumejki and in 1638 forced Dymitr Hunia to surrender. After those victories over Cossacks he recievied large estates on Ukraine (Kresy).
He was known to be very opressive to peasantry and Cossacks. His behaviour was one of the causes of the Bohdan Khmelnytsky rebellion. In 1648 he disregarded monrach's orders and attacked rebellious Cossacks on Ukraine. He was defeated during battle of Żółte Wody and battle of Korsuń and captured by Tatars years. In April 1650 released from jasyr, during 28-30 June he was victorious over Tatar and Cossack forces at the battle of Beresteczko.
On 18 September of 1651, after the indecisive battle of Biała Cerkwia he negotiated a treaty with the Cossacks.
Died on 20th November 1651.
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