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Braz Fernandes

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Preceded by  None
Died  November 9, 1865
Name  Braz Fernandes
Religion  Roman Catholic
Occupation  Diplomat

Braz Fernandes
Monarch  Ferdinand II of Portugal
Born  3 February 1791 (1791-02-03)
Resting place  St. Andrew's Church, Mumbai

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Braz Fernandes ComC, a diplomat, was the scion of an ancient and wealthy family. Son of Manuel Salvador Fernandes and Ana Maria Fernandes of ChorĂ£o Island.

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Family

Fernandes was married to Quiteira de Mello. Quiteira's grandfather, John Barretto, was known for founding the Barretto Charity School in Cavel (Bombay), now known as Barretto High School - where originally education was free and the school taught Portuguese, Latin and English.

Fernandes had 8 children: John (who became a Reverend), Euphrasia, Antonio Lourenco, Quiteria Angelica, Matilda (Sister Philomena), Gabriel, Anna Maria and Braz.

The eminent historian Braz Anthony Fernandes was his grandson, from Gabriel.

Diplomat

Braz Fernandes was the first ever Vice-Consul for Portugal in Bombay. Prior to the establishment of the Vice-Consulate in Bombay, the Portuguese representative was known as the Consular Agent.

Order of Christ

Braz Fernandes' tombstone states he was a Commander of the Order of Christ (Portugal). It is not known whether he was appointed directly to Commander or whether he was promoted to there from the rank of Knight.

Knights in the Order of Christ were not advanced to a commandery until they had given proofs of their military prowess and valour, in those fortresses which Portugal retained on the African coast. According to the then statues of the order, the knights were obliged to prove at least four degrees of hereditary nobility, but which could be dispensed with by the sovereign; and the knights were under the same regulations, and enjoyed the same privileges, as those of the Order of Calatrava in Spain.

Philanthropist

Mr Amador Viegas founded the Maria Viegas Girls' School in March 1874, but his untimely death shortly thereafter put the school in jeopardy as he died before he could make a provision that would have guaranteed the permanence of the school.

Deprived of the founder's support, the school would have closed down prematurely but for the intervention of Braz Fernandes who spared no sacrifices to give a new lease of life to the school. The Convent School is today the School of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

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