Cross of Alcántara
Over the past 2+ years I have been doing a lot of genealogical research. Though I took a sabbatical for a few months, I restarted me research and have spent hours upon hours on it.
Most of the time, I’ve spent it researching my mother’s side of the family as that part is very well documented while, on the other hand, the Greek side is not at all. Some day I may get lucky though…
In my latest foray into the murky past of my family, I made a very interesting discovery. I am a descendant of Ruy Vásquez (de Quiroga) also known as Rodrigo Vázquez who was the Grand Master of the Order of Alcántara from 1312-1318.
The Order of Alcántara was created in the during the Reconquista in the Kingdom of León and originally it’s knights were exclusively from the region of Extremadura. It was one of the various Military Orders created at the time to fight against the Muslim Moors of the south of the Iberian peninsula. For a while during it’s early years it was part of the Order of Calatrava, in around 1218 it broke away and became known as the Order of San Julián de Pereiro with the approval of Alfonso IX of León and based in the city of Alcántara. It wasn’t until later that century (about 1253) that the Grand Masters of the Order started calling themselves the “Grand Masters of Alcántara”.
The descent is through Milla Vásquez de Quiroga, the daughter of Ruy Vásquez de Quiroga and his wife Teresa Gómez de Losada
- Milla Vásquez de Quiroga m. Gonzalo Rodríguez de Valcarcé
- García Rodríguez de Quiroga (Valcarcé) m. Marí Álvarez de Losada
- Juan de Losada m. Violante de Ribadeneira Pardo
(interestingly enough, his brother Rodrigo de Quiroga was a commander of the Order of Santiago)
- Rodrigo de Quiroga m. Inés de Escobar
(this Rodrigo de Quiroga is not to be confused with his paternal 2nd degree cousin Rodrigo de Quiroga, Royal Governor of Chile)
- Juan de Losada m. Constanza de Villasur
- Bernardino de Quiroga (y Villasur de Balboa) m. Juana de Miranda (y Rueda)
- Constanza Quiroga m. Antonio Chacón (y Sánchez de Morales)
- Luisa Chacón y Quiroga m. Martín Hurtado de Mendoza
- Leonor Hurtado de Mendoza m. Francisco Riveros Figueroa
- Josefa de Riveros (y Hurtado de Mendoza) m. Rodrigo de Aránguiz (y Alvarado)
- Catalina de Aránguiz (y Riveros) m. Juan Madrazo de Santelices
- María Mercedes Santelices Aránguiz m. Manuel José de Vial Xarabeitía
- María del Carmen Vial m. José María Prieto Sotomayor
- María del Carmen Prieto Vial m. Manuel José Bulnes Quevedo
- Manuel Bulnes Prieto m. Enriqueta Pinto Garmendia
- Elena Bulnes Pinto m. Ángel Ortúzar Montt
- Javiera Ortúzar Bulnes m. Carlos Fernando Edwards Garriga
- Javier Edwards Ortúzar m. Luisa Hurtado (de Mendoza) Olea
- Eliana Edwards Hurtado m. Fernando Antonio (Martínez de) Vergara Ortúzar
- Maria Eliana Vergara Edwards m. Evangelos Kimon Andreou
- Kimon Andreou (that’s yours truly)
How’s that for a blast from the past?
Now, what does this mean? Nothing more than just interesting information and that I can trace my ancestry all the way to the late 13th century.
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