Babócsa was a Borderland castle in the southern part of Hungary, in Somogy County. Sultan Suleiman’s army moved along this way in 1532. It fell to the Turks in 1555. The Turks put the fort on fire in 1556 and abandoned it. Please, note that I use the Eastern name order for Hungarian names so family names come first.
This was the year when the Hungarian troops led by Zrínyi Miklós aka Nicolas Zrinski and Nádasdy Pál had a battle with the army of Pasha Ali, near to the Babócsa. The castle was in Hungarian hands in 1562, its captain was Perneszi Farkas. After the fall of Szigetvár (1566) the castle fell to the Ottomans again. According to the payroll list of the Turks between 1568-1569, there were 558 soldiers there. The Turks left the castle when the army of Zsigmond Herberstein and György Zrínyi and Hajmásy Kristóf was approaching.
„In the year of 1551 of the Lord, when the winter bridge of the Danube has got wet already and the fields began to blossom, the Turks, as it was their habit, set out to have adventures. It was almost July when a 1,500 strong Turkish unit arrived in the neighborhood of the small Babocsa castle. The warriors of this borderland-house had no idea of their approach. One night there was a great splashing heard near the water. The night guards of Babócsa thought they had heard the cattle being herded out. But the miller is running breathlessly and says that 1,500 Turks are crossing the water. It was then that Deli Horváth Markó and Porkoláb Márton jumped into the saddle, in a moment and set out with his men in deep silence to ambush the Turks.
It turned out excellently: they hit the Turks all unexpectedly in their midst. A great slaughter and confusion broke out. Our soldiers gained more than 200 horses, 60 captives, many flags, and weapons. Deli Horváth Markó and Porkoláb Márton have gone with some of their trusted men to Vienna to give the usual gifts to the king. He himself took one flag and two captives, the man of Porkoláb brought along two flags, one captive, and 25 noses. In Vienna, they were summoned first by the chancellor who greeted them nicely. Soon they were summoned by the king.
Now, the ruins of Babócsa are overgrown by forest. It would be nice to see there a memorial sign at least…
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Here are a few pictures of Babócsa castle: