Gil Aires

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Gil Aires (c. 1370 – 1437) was a Portuguese nobleman.


He was an honoured man and a much honoured Knight at the time of King John I of Portugal and an Escrivão da Puridade (Notary/Registrar of the Purity/Secret, furthermore, a Secretary) of the 2nd Constable of Portugal Nuno Álvares Pereira, and some say also his relative, in 1422, and Vedor (Overseer) of the things belonging to Ceuta in 1423.

Perhaps born into the Moniz noble family, it is not known if he is of the same ones. His connection to the main branch is, however, currently unknown. Barreiros, a Genealogist, does not nominate him, in his Livro Ms., more than by Gil Aires, and says at the margins these words: And of Maria Trabuca and of one from Alegrete, who seems they want to say he was their son; and then, after nominating his children below, he says so: All of these were called themselves Moniz, after their father was put into honour.; and says another information he was born in Alegrete, the one in Coruche or in Portalegre, son of a man who lived at the same village.

He was buried at his Chapel of Our Lady of Piety or of the Prant of the Carmo Convent, in Lisbon, in a Chapel that had been given to him by the Constable for his burial place, and there he nominates himself Escrivão da Puridade do Condestável.

Marriage and issue[edit]

He married Leonor Rodrigues[1][2] and had six children, three sons and three daughters:


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  3. ^ Well documented as sister of Diogo Gil Moniz at Chancelaria de D. Afonso V, liv. 36, fl 216v, transcribed in Monumenta Henricina, Volume XIII
  • Manuel João da Costa Felgueiras Gaio, "Nobiliário das Famílias de Portugal", Tomo Vigésimo Primeiro, Título de Monizes, § 17, § 18 e § 19
  • Various Authors, "Armorial Lusitano", Lisbon, 1961, pp. 370–372
  • Dom Augusto Romano Sanches de Baena e Farinha de Almeida Portugal Sousa e Silva, 1.º Visconde de Sanches de Baena, "Archivo Heraldico-Genealógico", Lisbon, 1872, Volume II, p. CXV
  • Cristóvão Alão de Morais, "Pedatura Lusitana", Volume I (reformulated edition), pp. 668–670