This is Marko Zekov Popović. Popović was famous for being a member of the Member of the “Montenegrin National Committee”, Hereditary Royal Standard Bearer of Montenegro and author of the 1926 book “Where is Montenegro? The Martyrdom of a Small Nation”. A mover and shaker in the Balkans in the 1910’s oddly his cremated remains lie in Christchurch Cathedral along side Strongbow.
Why this early 20th century Montenegrin nationalist, soldier and politician has Dublin as his final resting place is far from clear. He appears to have had no obvious connection to Ireland or Dublin. He didn’t even die in Ireland – he passed on in London on October 26, 1934.
Why Popovic was afforded such a prominent place in the Cathedral usually the preserve of the Dublin’s elite is not clear.
Anyone have any ideas as to how and why he ended up so far from home?