BARRON, Eustace

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BARRON, Eustace (1790-1859), [Eustaquio Servanco Rafael Barron] born into an Irish family who settled in the Spanish seaport of Cadíz, in 1780 because of persecution of Roman Catholics, Eustace, named for his father, was educated in England at Stonyhurst, a premier Catholic school. He was the son of his namesake father, Eustace (1742- 1797) from County Waterford, Ireland, who married Catalina Manuela Cantillon (c. 1762-1823) of Cadiz in January 1784. She outlived him by 26 years.


In 1815 at age 25, Eustace Barron went to Peru to join the Royal Spanish Army as a volunteer. He remained in Peru from 1818 to 1822 when he sailed to San Blas, Mexico before going to the Philippines and returning to San Blas in 1823. In San Blas, Barron ran into his friend, Scotsman, William Forbes, and together they built what was to become the most important merchant house in Mexico, Barron Forbes and Company.

Barron met and married Candida Añorga, a young widow with two children. Together they had nine more. One of the step-daughters married William Forbes.

In 1825, Barron was vice consul at the Mexican Port of San Blas. He is later listed as Consul at San Blas in the 1843-1851 London City and County Directories [www.ancestry.com].

According to Helen Holdredge [Mammy Pleasant's Partner, 1954], Eustace Barron was engaged in an extensive banking business in Mexico City. “He had bought the island of Santa Cruz from Andres Castillero, to whom it had been granted by the Mexican governor, Alvarado, in 1839 to prevent the island from becoming a refuge for foreign adventurers. Eustace wished to build a home on the island for vacations and to stock the island and with Merino sheep from Spain. The island was to become the hobby of a man who was growing so wealthy that he could indulge every caprice.” Barron went to Spain and England for Merino and Lancastershire sheep. In 1852, he joined with his nephew, William E. Barron, and friend, Thomas Bell, “to oversee the building of the house, stables and ranch buildings on the island of Santa Cruz.”

The Cathedral of Tepic and the faithful recall with fervor that in 1848 [from] the Pope Eustace Barron got the privilege of consecrating an altar to the Virgin Mary, in a fit of Irish-Mexican devotion.

Eustace Barron died in Mexico City on April 11, 1859.

Through the published works of Spanish historian Fernando Muñoz Altea [17] and Guadalajaran journalist José Jorge Vázquez-Tagle, [14] it is possible to trace Lancaster-Jones y Verea's immediate and extended family.

Memorias de la Academia Mexicana de Genealogía y Heráldica, Vol. 5, 1a Serie, México, 1949, pp. 93-102

1948: He entered to the Academia Mexicana de Genealogía y Heráldica as a supernumerary.[98] Since then, most of his essays on genealogy and heraldry were published in the Academia's Memorias; among others, La Familia Añorga y sus ramas de México (1949) stands out due to the extensive iconographic research on the families: Añorga, Barron, Escandón and Mijares. This study provide new facts to Captain José de Añorga's biography: he was the first Director of San Blas' shipyards, and the Port's Governor; this place became very important because the New Spain's explorations to North America's Pacific Coast departed from there.

Vázquez-Tagle, José Jorge; "Los Lancaster-Jones", Class magazine, Issue 6, Mexico City, 1988, pp. 10-12

Huntington LIBRARY-Had namesake son.


1851 [London Post Office Directory]: Barron, Eustace B. Consul, San Blas.



In the News~

May 10, 1863 [DAC]: “Arrival of the Orizaba. The P.M.S.S. Co’s steamer Orizaba arrived last evening [in San Francisco] from Panama. Passengers A. C. Peachy, Wm. Barron, Eustace Barron, J. Barron…”