Ertuğrul (Ottoman Turkish: ارطغرل, eften wi the teetle Ghazi) (1191 – 1281) wis the faither o Osman I, the foonder o the Ottoman Empire. He wis the leader o the Kayı clan o the Oghuz Turks. When arrivin in Anatolie frae Merv (Turkmenistan) wi his 400 horsemen tae aid the Seljuks o Rum against the Byzantines, Ertuğrul set off the chain o events that wad ultimately lead tae the foonding o the Ottoman Empire. Lik his son, Osman, an his futur descendants, Ertuğrul is eften referred tae as a Ghazi, a heroic champion fechter for the cause o Islam.
|Leader o the Kayı tribe (pre-Ottoman Empire)|
Ahlat, Bitlis Province, Turkey
|Dee'd||1281 (aged 90)|
Söğüt, Bilecik Province, Turkey
- History of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, Volume 1, By Stanford Jay Shaw, Ezel Kural Shaw, pg. 13
- Southeastern Europe under Ottoman rule, 1354-1804, By Peter F. Sugar, pg.14