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- n. An Ottoman administrative title.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The title of the governor-general of a province of the Turkish empire, ranking next to the grand vizir, and so called because he has under him the beys at the head of the several sanjaks or districts composing his province. Also written beglerbeg.
Besieged by the Spanish, Khayr al-Din Barbarossa placed himself under the direct authority of the Ottoman sultan Selim I, who appointed him beylerbey (provincial governor) and sent him as military reinforcement a unit of Janissary musket-bearing infantry.
When he died in his palace at Constantinople he was succeeded as beylerbey of Africa by his son Hassan.
During the remainder of his life -- till 1547 -- Barbarossa, though still beylerbey of northern Africa, was mainly engaged as capitan pasha in co-operating with the armies of the sultan Suleiman in the east.
He was named beylerbey by the sultan, and with him began the establishment of
Bulgarian tsars, including Macedonia and Thrace, were placed under the administration of a governor-general, styled the beylerbey of Rum-ili, residing at Sofia; Bulgaria proper was divided into the sanjaks of Sofia,