Thursday, 11 August 2016

Things inherited from family.

Inherited objects.
I just thought it would be a nice thing to remember some of the treasured and inherited objects from ones family, those little, and not so little, things that have just become part of our lives, things that we often take for granted but would be horrified if we were to lose them.

The Military Order of Christ (Portugal).
The Military Order of Christ (Ordem Militar de Cristo), previously the Order of the Knights of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Ordem dos Cavaleiros de Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo), was the former Knights Templar order as it was reconstituted in Portugal after the Templars were abolished on 22 March 1312 by the papal bullVox in excelso, issued by Pope Clement V.[1][2] The Order of Christ was founded in 1319,[3][4] with the protection of the Portuguese king, Denis I, who refused to pursue and persecute the former knights as had occurred in all the other sovereign states under the political influence of the Catholic Church.
Heavily swayed by Philip IV of France, Pope Clement had the Knights Templar annihilated throughout France and most of Europe on charges of heresy, but Denis revived the Templars of Tomar as the Order of Christ, largely for their aid during the Reconquista and in the reconstruction of Portugal after the wars. Denis negotiated with Clement's successor, John XXII, for recognition of the new order and its right to inherit the Templar assets and property.
The Order can be conferred for outstanding services to the Republic on military officers, and, despite its name, on civilians (including foreigners as well as Portuguese citizens) and on members of: Parliament or other branches of government, the diplomatic corps, the Courts of Justice, the Civil Service, and other public authorities.[6]

I have been trying to trace this medal's history. How did it come to be in my family's possession and who was it awarded to?

I thought it might have belonged to Herald Rock, my aunt Connies' husband who lived and worked in Portugal. But then I find that this medal was also awarded to a Claude F W Russell KCMG FRGS FZS (9 December 1871 – 9 December 1959) was a British diplomat who was minister to Ethiopia and to Switzerland and ambassador to Portugal
Strangely Russell was my grandmother on my fathers' sides maiden name.
So the quest continues.

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