Authorised form of nameCunha; António Álvares da (1626 - 1690); Lord of Tábua; nobleman
Other forms of nameAlvares da Cunha, Antonio
ForenamesAntónio Álvares da
Dates1626 - 1690
Dates and placesBirth:
Goa, India, Asia (1 May 1626)
26 May 1690
Research Field:
Went to Portugal to study (1637)
Served in the Portuguese Restoration War; Grand Carver to the King of Portugal; Colonel of the City Guard of Lisbon; Founder and Secretary, of the Academia dos Generosos, Lisbon; Governor of Évora; Deputy of the Junta of the Three States; Guard-Mor of Torre do Tombo, Castelo de São Jorge (1668-1690)
Commander of the Order of Christ
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Sir Richard Southwell
Other RSActivity:
Was invited to act as a correspondent to the Society about natural history in Portugal (1668)
RelationshipsParents: D. Lourenço da Cunha, 16th Lord of Tábua, and Isabel de Aragão
Married: Maria Manoel de Vilhena
Additional relatives: uncle Rodrigro da Cunha, Archbishop of Lisbon
General contextDa Cunha's family played a vital role in the restoration of Portugese independence and his uncle was a member of 'Os Conjurados', a Portugese nationalist group during the Iberian Union that revolted against Spanish rule. Da Cunha himself authored part of the 'Ecclesiastical History of Lisbon' and wrote about the history and geography of Portugal in other works. He was the first Portugese member of the Royal Society.
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Bulloch's Roll; Hunter; Oldenburg, IV, p. 314-6; Wikipedia; Biography of D. Luís da Cunha, by Isabel Cluny
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Royal Society codeNA2405
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/O1/63Henry Oldenburg to Antonio Alvares da Cunha, Prince of Tabua, Grand Carver to the King of Portugal13 April 1668
DM/5/54Draft of a diploma for Antonio Alvarez da Cunha, marking his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society9 April 1668
LBO/2/58Copy of a letter from Antonio de Cunha to Robert Southwell11 February 1668
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