Mykola Andriyovych Markevych was a Ukrainian musician, composer, historian, ethnographer, and poet.
Mykola Markevych was born in Dunaiets, Ukraine on 7 February 1804.
He studied at the Saint St. Petersburg Pedagogical Institute from 1817 to 1820 and studied piano and composition in Moscow.
He served as an officer in the Russian army from 1820-1824. Markevych collected many historical materials on Ukraine"s history and Ukrainian folk songs at his estate and around Ukraine. He wrote many works on Ukrainian folk customs and beliefs, as well as foods.
His greatest work was the "History of Little Russia (Ukraine)" (Історії Малоросії), which was published in Moscow in 1842-1843.
In it, Markevych portrays Ukraine as "ours" (part of Imperial Russia), but not "us" (not Russian). He also wrote extensively on Ukrainian cossacks, most notably on Ivan Mazepa and Yakiv Barabash.
He died in Turivka, Ukraine on 21 June 1860. His personal archive and diary are kept at the Institute of Russian Literature in Saint St. Petersburg.