Montijo, Cipriano Palafox y Portocarrero, count of

NOBLEMAN, POLITICIAN, SOLDIER (SPAIN)
BORN 15 Sep 1784 - DIED 15 Mar 1839, Madrid
GRAVE LOCATION Madrid: San Lorenzo y San Jose, Calle de la Verdad (next to Southern general Cemetery) (in the 2nd patio, between four cypress trees)

Cipriano Palafox y Portocarrero was the son of Felipe Antonio Palafox-Croy de Havre (1739-1790) and Maria Francesca de Sales-Portocarrero, 6th countess of Montijo (1754-1808). He was a radical and a believer in freedom. He fought for the French against the old establishment during the Napoleonic Wars. He lost and eye and was honoured by Napoleon I in Paris. Under the name of Portocarrero he joint the defense of Paris in 1814 on the hills of Montmartre, commanding the troops that fired the last shots at the approaching allied forces.

He married Maria Manuela Kirkpatrick in 1817 and they had two daughters, Paco and Eugénie, who became empress of France. When the author Prosper Merimée lived in French he became friends with Cipriano and his wife. In 1834 he succeeded his brother Eugénio as count of Montijo. He didn't care for the social entertainment that his ravishing wife centered in and left the foreign education of his daughters to her. He died in 1839 in Madrid.

He was buried at cemetery of the San Lorenzo y San Jose in Madrid where his wife was buried beside him fourty years later.

Family
• Wife: Kirkpatrick, Maria Manuela, countess of Montijo

Sources
Cipriano de Palafox y Portocarrero - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
• Ridley, Jasper, Napoleon III and Eugénie, Constable, London, 1979

Images

The grave of Cipriano and Maria Manuela de Montijo at the cementerio San Lorenzo y San Jose, Madrid.
Picture by Androom (07 May 2012)

 

The grave of Cipriano and Maria Manuela de Montijo at the cementerio San Lorenzo y San Jose, Madrid.
Picture by Androom (07 May 2012)

 


Moore, Benjamin

Published: 18 Nov 2012
Last update: 18 Nov 2012