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José Bernardo de Tagle Portocarrero e Izázaga

Other names/titles: Marqués de Torre Tagle
Gender: M
Ethnic origin: White

Biographical details

An aristocrat governor of Trujilllo born in 1779, who joined San Martín in 1820. He is described by Lynch as "politically devious", he worked against Bolívar and returned to the royalist cause. He died during the siege of Callao. (Lynch, xxiii)

He subscribed to Mercurio Peruano and Diario de Lima. (Clément, 129.) An updated version of this book shows that his uncle and a cousin were subscribers. (Clement, 1997, I, 84)

He married Mariana Echevarria de Santiago y Ulloa. They became great friends with San Martín and stood beside him when independence was proclaimed in Trujillo in 1820. They returned to Lima where they were staunch supporters of San Martín, opposed to Bolívar. San Martín made Torre Tagle a member of the Orden del Sol and Echevarria a member of the Banda Patriótica. When San Martín retired as protector they were persecuted. Echeverría sought asylum for Torre Tagle in the Convent de las Descalzas. They hid here for a time and a Chilean admiral, Blanco Encalada, told them he had a ship waiting for them in Callao. They left Lima at night with their two youngest sons and other family members (a group of 29 people). They arrived at Callao to find no boat existed and they were all taken prisoner. The Spanish general told the Marques he could return to Spain provided he recognised the Viceroy's authority and accepted the monarchy. This was unacceptable to the Torre Tagles and they remained imprisoned in a filthy shack. They suffered greatly in these conditions, Echevarria was the first to die, followed by the Marques (in 1825) and the rest of the party two weeks later. Two of their children, Josefa and María, survived. (García y García, 260-264)

A descendent of Viceroy Portocarrero (1636-1705)?

Life Events

Born 1779
Other 1820He pledged support for the independence cause and San Martín.
Other 1822San Martín made him a member of the Orden del Sol.
Died 1825He died during the siege of Callao.


Lynch, John, (1986), The Spanish American Revolutions 1808-1826

Clément, Jean-Pierre, (1979), Indices del Mercurio Peruano, 1790-1795

García y García, Elvira, (1924), La mujer peruana a través de los siglos

Clément, Jean-Pierre, (1997), El Mercurio Peruano, 1790-1795 Vol I

Davies, Catherine, Brewster, Claire and Owen, Hilary, (2006), South American Independence. Gender, Politics, Text


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