Gerónimo Castillón y Salas

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Gerónimo Castillón y Salas (1756–1835) was a Spanish bishop who was the last Grand Inquisitor of Spain.


Gerónimo Castillón y Salas was born in Lascellas-Ponzano on September 30, 1756, the second son of José Castillón y Campo and his wife Brígida Salas.[1] He was educated at the University of Huesca (es), receiving a law degree on May 15, 1776 and a degree in theology on September 9, 1779.[1]

After he was ordained as a priest, he served in Monzón, before becoming priest in his home town of Ponzano in 1795.[1] He was schoolmaster at Huesca Cathedral from 1808 to 1815.[1]

He became Bishop of Tarazona in 1815.[1] He became Grand Inquisitor of Spain in 1818, and in this capacity was the head of the Spanish Inquisition until its abolition in 1820.[1] King Fernando VII had initially asked his confessor, the Canary Islands priest Cristóbal Bencomo y Rodríguez, take on the office, but he had refused it.[2]

He died in Tarazona in 1835.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g
  2. ^ Biografía de Cristóbal Bencomo y Rodríguez
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francisco Porró y Reinado
Bishop of Tarazona
Succeeded by
Vicente Ortíz y Labastida
Preceded by
Francisco Javier Mier Campillo
Grand Inquisitor of Spain
Succeeded by
Office abolished