Benyowsky, Count Maurice Augustus de, born in Hungary in 1741, joined the Poles in their revolt against Russia (1768), and being captured was sent to Kamchatka. There he married the governor's daughter and escaped to Macao. He got back to Europe, and was employed by the French (1774) to establish a colony in Madagascar. He was chosen as king by the natives, and then sought the support of England. On his return to the country in 1785 the French took up arms against him, and he was killed. He left some interesting memoirs.