Duke of Gor
Gor and Gorafe, heads of the Dukedom farming lands, are located within the province of Granada, and their castles have been labelled by the Junta de Andalucia ("Autonomous Andalusian Government" in Seville) as B.I.C. ("Bien de Interes Cultural") since June 1985.
The first duke, Nicolás Mauricio Álvarez de las Asturias Bohorques, lived in Granada in a palace renovated later by Francisco Gimenez, and had acquired a library containing 6,000 manuscripts, books and Arabic documents dating from the 14th and 15th century, from the time of the Emirate of Granada. Arevalo was acquainted with American writer Washington Irving, later Minister to Spain (1842 to 1845); Irving stayed with the duke of Gor during his first visit to Spain, in 1829, and used the duke's library for his Chronicles of the Conquest of Granada (1829).
The collection was acquired in 1962 by the multimillionaire banker Bartolomé March, one of General Francisco Franco's financial advisers. The Dukes of Gor's collection, which formed the largest and most important part of March's collection, was catalogized in 1907.
List of Dukes de Gor
|I||Nicolás Mauricio Álvarez de las Asturias Bohorques||1803-1825|
|II||Mauricio Nicolás Álvarez de las Asturias Bohorques y Chacón||1825-1851|
|III||Mauricio Álvarez de las Asturias Bohorques y Guiráldez||1851-1877|
|IV||Mauricio Álvarez de las Asturias Bohorques y Ponce de León||1877-1930|
|V||Mauricio Álvarez de las Asturias Bohorques y Goyeneche||1930-1963|
|VI||Mauricio Álvarez de las Asturias Bohorques y Silva||1963|
During the dukedome of Duke II tithes were abolished in Spain, and nobles who formerly received those tithes were compensated by the Crown. For the duke of Gor, the 1859 compensation amounted to 2.1 million reales, a significant part of the duke's total liquid capital of 2.9 million reales.
Duke III served on a diplomatic mission to Saint Petersburg (December 1856 - June 1857) and was accompanied by a young Juan Valera y Alcalá-Galiano, who "poke[d] gentle fun at the duke" in his Cartas desde Rusia.
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