Franjo Tahy de Tahvár et Tarkő (1526 - 1573) belonged to the noble family Tahy, which was of Hungarian origin and acquired estates in Slavonia already in the second half of the 15th century. His father Ivan Tahy was from 1524 – 1525 Croatian – Slavonian Dalmatian Ban. Franjo was 10 years old when his father died. He was raised in a military environment and took part in the battles against Turks since young age. He was the commander of the imperial army in southern Hungary, at Siget and Kaniža, as well as the ruler’s counsellor and the master of imperial equerries in Hungary. In the middle of the 16th century the Turks seized his estates in Hungary and Slavonia. Because of the military merits he had strong support at the Habsburg court and was connected to the most respectable noble families in Croatia.
His actions gave cause for three peasant revolts (1567-68, 1571-72 and 1573). The ruler’s commission examined in 1567 508 witnesses in the investigation against Tahy and complied a six and a half meters long record, but in spite of everything nothing happened to him. Although his contemporaries believed that the main cause of the Peasants’ revolt in 1573 were Tahy’s actions, recent research shows that the deeper causes were of economic nature. Even after the revolt, Tahy, although seriously ill, continued to harass peasants. While he was still alive he ordered a tombstone, which is today in the Museum of peasant revolts in the castle Oršić in Gornja Stubica, as a part of the permanent collection of the museum.