Count of barcelos


Count of Barcelos (in Portuguese Conde de Barcelos) is a title of nobility, the first to be granted in Portugal. It was created in 1298 by king Denis I and initially it was a non hereditary title, although most of the holders belonged to the Teles de Menezes family. It was only after the death of the 6th Count, when it was granted to Nuno Álvares Pereira, that the title became hereditary. The 8th Count of Barcelos was created Duke of Braganza in 1442, by his nephew king Afonso V, and his descendents rose to the Portuguese throne after the country regained its independence from Spain in 1640.

Initially, the seat of the Counts of Barcelos was the Castle of Barcelos, a large medieval structure that overlooks the Cávado river. After having been granted the Dukedom of Braganza, the family moved to a larger and more urbane palace in Guimarães.

The title is currently held by Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza and 31st Count of Barcelos, claimant to the throne of Portugal.

List of the Counts of Barcelos

Non-hereditary title (1298)

  • 1. João Afonso de Menezes;
  • 2. Martim Gil, also known as Martim Gil de Sousa (1st Count's son in law);
  • 3. Pedro Afonso, natural son of King Denis I of Portugal;
  • 4. João Afonso Teles de Menezes, also 1st Count of Ourém;
  • 5. Afonso Teles de Menezes, 4th Count's son;
  • 6. João Afonso Teles de Menezes, 4th Count's nephew and queen Leonor Telles de Menezes older brother.

Hereditary title (1385)

(for the list of holders after this date, see Dukes of Braganza)

See also

Duke of Barcelos

External links

  • Genealogy of the Counts of Barcelos in Portuguese

Bibliography

”Nobreza de Portugal e do Brasil” – Vol. II, pages 376-401. Published by Zairol Lda., Lisbon 1989.

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