José Rodrigo da Câmara

José Rodrigo da Câmara
2nd Count of Ribeira Grande
11th Donatary-Captain of São Miguel
In office
Preceded by Manuel Luís Baltazar da Câmara
Succeeded by Luís Manuel da Câmara
Constituency São Miguel
Personal details
Born 1665
Died 1724 (aged 5859)
Citizenship Kingdom of Portugal
Nationality Portuguese
Residence Paris
Religion Roman Catholic

José Rodrigo da Câmara (1665 - 1724), member of the Azorean dynastic Gonçalves da Câmara family, he was son of Manuel Luís Baltazar da Câmara (first Count of Ribeira Grande), and by extension the second Count, and 11th Donatary Captain of the island of São Miguel. He spend little time in the Azores.


Early life

Born in the Azores, nonetheless he was raised and educated, for the most part, in Lisbon. His father died when he was eight years old, and he was invested in the title of Donatary-Captain of the island, under the administration of his ouvidores (councillors) who responded to his mother and tutor.[1]

At the age of 19 he married in Paris, by civil union, the Princess Constance Émilie de Rohan, daughter of the French House of Rohan and Prince of Soubise, with his godparents the King of France.


He spent little time in the Captaincy of the São Miguel, and only briefly between 1691 and 1693, then around 1701.[2] The only incentive recorded by this noble was the establishment of a wool textile factory in Ribeira Grande, which was founded in conjunction with his son Luís Manuel da Câmara, who also resided in Paris, and contracted people to handle his affairs locally.[3] This included a master and 52 French workmen, who were sent to work in the establishment.[3]

Later life

He died in Lisbon in 1724, a year after the death of his son.[3]


  1. Carlos Melo Bento (2008), p.53
  2. Melo Bento (2008), p.54; The author suggests that José Rodrigo and the Princess Constance Émilie may have visited in 1690, giving impetus to the Cult of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, on their visit to the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Esperança and the sanctuary chapel of Santo Cristo
  3. 1 2 3 Carlos Melo Bento (2008), p.59

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