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Sancho Ramírez, Count of Ribagorza

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Spouse(s)  Beatriz
Mother  Amuña
Children  Talesa of Aragon
Grandparent  Sancho III of Pamplona
Noble family  Jiménez dynasty
Buried  Jaca Cathedral
Parents  Ramiro I of Aragon, Amuña
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Father  King Ramiro I of Aragon
Died  1105/November 1110 Aragon
Grandchildren  Centule VI, Viscount of Béarn, Guiscarda, Viscountess of Béarn
Great grandchild  Peter II, Viscount of Béarn
Great-grandparents  García Sánchez II of Pamplona, Jimena Fernández
Similar  Ramiro I of Aragon, Talesa of Aragon, Sancho Ramírez, Ermesinda of Bigorre, Sancho III of Pamplona

Sancho Ramírez (before 1043 – 1105/November 1110) was an illegitimate son of King Ramiro I of Aragon and Amuña, the firstborn and brother of his namesake who would inherit the throne and reign as Sancho Ramírez.


Biographical sketch

Even though he could not inherit the throne because his father had legitimate issue, he was named count at an early age and was a prominent member of the curia regis first appearing in a charter dated 1049, suspected of being false, as a witness to a donation made by his father to the Monastery of San Victorián. In this charter, he confirms as Sancius Ranimiri regis filius primogenitus (Sancho, the firstborn son of King Ramiro) followed by his brother and namesake, Sancho, who confirms as Sancius Ranimiri regis filius prolis Ermmisendis regine (Sancho son of King Ramiro and Queen Ermesinda). Sancho was entrusted with the governance of several important and strategic tenencias, including: Aibar (1061 – 1062); Sos (1062); Benabarre (1063 – 1093); Fantova (1063 probably until 1110); Ribagorza (1083 – 1093); Monzón (February 1090); Arrieso (January 1091), and Javier (September 1091 to December 1097); and, Aibar, again from September 1091 until March 1100.

Sancho Ramírez probably participated in the Reconquista as can be inferred from his father's first will executed on 29 July 1059 when the king included him as one of his heirs if he returned from the "land of the Moors". In his second will dated 15 March 1061, his father left him Aibar and Javierrelatre "with all its villas". In 1092, when he was already in his fifties, he went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem which at that time was occupied by the Seljuq dynasty. He was a generous patron of several religious establishments such as a church in Lasieso, San Salvador de Javierrelatre, and Jaca Cathedral where he commissioned the construction of a chapel for his burial.

In his will dated 1105, he left most of his properties to his son García, although he did not ignore his two daughters, Talesa and Beatriz, who inherited land and other properties with the condition that, upon their deaths, these would be given to his son García or to his legitimate children. Sancho Ramírez died between the date of the last will that he executed, 1105, and 24 November 1110 when his wife makes a donation to the Monastery of San Vicente de Roda for the soul of her parents and her husband Count Sancho, with her son García confirming the charter. As of 1111, García appears governing the estates inherited from his father.

Marriage and issue

He married Beatriz, whose patronymic is not recorded in any medieval document, and appears with her in an 1100 charter from the town of Uncastillo confirming the sale made by their deceased son Pedro to a certain "don Juan". In November 1110, the now-widowed Beatriz made a donation to the Monastery of San Vicente in Roda de Isábena of some salt mines that she received from her brother-in-law, King Sancho Ramírez. Four children were born of this marriage:

  • García Sánchez, Lord of Aibar, Atarés and Javierrelatre, married to Teresa Cajal, sister of Fortún Garcés Cajal. They were the parents of Pedro de Atarés who was a claimant to the throne of Aragon after the death of Alfonso the Battler;
  • Pedro Sánchez (died before 1100);
  • Talesa Sánchez, the wife of Gaston IV, Viscount of Bearn;
  • Beatriz Sánchez.
  • References

    Sancho Ramírez, Count of Ribagorza Wikipedia

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