Biography of Manuel Acuña y Malvar ( 1757-1845)

Religious and Spanish politician, born in San Martino de Salcedo (Pontevedra) April 16, 1757 and died in La Conlleira (Coruña) on March 1, 1845.

He probably studied at Salamanca and Oviedo. In 1785, he/she received from the hands of his uncle the benefit of Bastabales. He/She was parish priest of race and in 1789 was conferred Knight of Carlos III. In 1793 he/she was appointed Archdeacon of Salnés and began work as an administrator of the hospital of San Roque in 1795.

Because of his liberal ideas, in 1803 he/she was banished by the then new Archbishop Muzquiz, so was forced to stay locked up in the Carthusian monastery of Aniago (Valladolid). In 1809 he/she was in Seville, from which organized the uprising of Galicia against the French occupation. That same year, he/she was appointed Commissioner of the Central Board of the region, together with Manuel García in el Barrio and Pablo Morillo, and participated in the reconquest of Vigo city which was named political chief.

He published censorship and challenge of the military events in Galicia in the year of 1809, written by Colonel D. Manuel García del Barrio (Cádiz, 1812). In that Edition, Acuna expressed his sympathy for the author and announcing a military history of Galicia written by him which was never published.His works include La Constitution raped and bad faith is saved, which was published in Santiago in 1813.

In 1814 he/she was tried and convicted; He/She suffered imprisonment in the convent of Herbón and its assets were seized by the cabildo of Santiago. During the revolution of 1820 he/she was released and, that same year, asked the Government recommendations that are implying the Priory of Santa María la Real as compensation for the persecution suffered by defending the constitutional system.

In 1834 he/she returned to Galicia. Three years later he/she retired from all professional activity.


RIAÑO, Camilo: The Lieutenant General Don Antonio Nariño. Bogotá, 1973.