The village of Boshovtsi was made to change its name by the Greek government to Mavropigi. It is a part of the Kajlari region about 8.5 kilometres southeast of Kajlari. It is on the ridge of the Sinjachiko Mountain on the the Kajlarsko Plain at 21 degrees 44 minutes longitude and 40 degrees 27 minutes latitude and 634 metres above sea level. Its area is about 17 square kilometres.

Boshovtsi borders to the northeast with the village Koman, to the southeast with the village Vrdomitsi, to the southwest with the village Kurchovo, to the west with the village Lipintsi and to the northwest with the village Drutovo.

Before the start of the Greek Civil War it had about 810 residents of whom 590 were Macedonian and about 220 were Greek-Prosfigi. The residents were employed in agriculture, raising livestock and other occupations.

In the period 1946-49, the residents actively took part in the organization of NOF and in the armed ranks of DAG led by KPG with more than 230 active fighters. 31 gave their lives.

They were:

1. Atanasi Kicha
2. Atanasi Nikola
3. Atanasov Atanas
4. Vasilov Vasil
5. Vasilov Nikola
6. Deligjeorgi Atanas
7. Gjijani Arsen
8. Gjijani Ilija
9. Ilkova Frosa
10. Ijoanidi Kosta
11. Karagjeorgi Argir
12. Karagjeorgi Leonida
13. Karagjeorgi Jani
14. Kirjaki Aleko
15. Kirjakidi Samson
16. Kirjakidu Dimitri
17. Kiropulo Leonida
18. Kovachev Sterjo
19. Lazaridi Antigoni
20. Mitrev Alekso
21. Mitrov Andrea
22. Mitrova Vasilka
23. Mihaili Agati
24. Nikov Domi
25. Nikolov Dimitar
26. Pozidi Pavlo
27. Pozidi Vasil
28. Pozidi Gjani
29. Pozidova Reveka
30. Samara Vasilka
31. Foteva Vasilka

Of the fallen fighters who gave their young lives there were 23 men and 8 women.

After the Greek Civil War and the forced emigration from the area and forced settlement of new residents, the number of residents fell significantly. The 1991 census recorded 774 residents in the village.

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