NOTES ON THE FAMILY OF THE LOUSADA DUKES

 

By a great-great-grand-daughter of Isaac the first Lousada Duke - from the Molyneux-Seel Collection at the Lancashire Record Office (ref 34)

 

These notes offer a remarkable and moving insight into this branch of the family. We have not conclusively identified the author - for though our best guess is that her mother was Vera Margaret Sandars nee Molyneux-Seel 1903-95 she was not born 3 years before Anna-Marie Lousada 1826-98 died (see 2nd sentence below) but 5 years after. Our work has shown that quite a few errors have crept into traditional family accounts - and some are evident here; for instance, in the the first line it can be seen that the author's mother thought the Lousadas were Spanish (they were Portuguese but probably with earlier Spanish origins) and she includes an oft-repeated error in which an extra grandson Aaron of the Barbados magnate Aaron Baruch Louzada is inserted into the account of the Barbados origin of Isaac's great-grandfather Emanuel #41 to whom is given the wrong name and to his wife Esther Lamego the wrong life history! She also gets the date of death of the original Barbados Aaron wrong - it was 1695 while the date she gives ie 1693 is the date of his will. And Baron d'Aguilar did not finance the building of Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna - it was pre-existing but he did finance renovation of its interior. She does however avoid making the error made in some of our family trees which have Moses Baruh Lousada as the family head. However the author completely misses the Amsterdam, Curacao, Surinam and Livorno dimensions of the Lousada story and when she asserts that Moses came from Lousada in Portugal she makes a further error in that the Lousadas were in Vinhais and Villaflor after they were in Lousada, so Moses did not live in Lousada but was born somewhere during the family's transition from those towns in northern Portugal to Livorno and perhaps he was born in Madrid. Though she correctly accepts Barbados as the origin of most of the Jamaican and English Lousadas, she fails to realize that there were ancestors in Jamaica before 1655 but they were the Lamegos or rather their Curiel in-laws. The author states that Isaac's father Emanuel died in 1807 when Isaac was 14, but the death was in 1797 so the author fails to realise that Isaac 1784-1857 was born just after the Duque de Losada 1706-83 died! A slightly older 2nd cousin Emanuel #142 was born in late 1783 only 2 months after the Duque died but there is no mention of any discussion between them on precedence; but the notes do record the 2nd Duke's insistence that the title was family property but in a way that suggests this view was expressed to deter his siblings from abandoning the title! She fails to comment on the fact that the title of the English Dukes (de Losada y Lousada) differs from that of the original Duque (de Losada). She misses the family difficulty that must have arisen when Isaac's father Emanuel #135 sired the second Aaron who was born a mulatto in the year before Isaac's birth and who was adopted out to Grace Lopes Torres a childless cousin of Emanuel #135. We agree that Isaac the 1st Duke was the last surviving son of Emanuel #135 as we have evidence for the earlier deaths of the 2 Aarons (1777 and 1808 in Kingston), Jacob (1800 in Kingston) and Daniel (1825 in London) and on many other matters we have no quarrel with the author. She notes that Isaac's title was dubious because his Barbados origin precluded close family relationship with the Duque. She notes that Isaac and his family converted to Christianity by 1831 and so grew apart from relatives who had not converted - and she suggests Isaac felt that a title would help him and his family achieve social acceptance.