officer-general

The title of “alferes” (officer) is related to a flag-carrying officer, a position immediately below lieutenant and captain. From the Middle Ages onwards, and until the creation of the position of constable of the realm, the officer-general was also the commander in chief of the royal armies. Since then, he became a royal flag-carrying officer, and from the sixteenth century onwards, it became, however, a merely honorific position, exclusively exercised during the acclamation of new kings. It is only represented in Madeira by Tristão Gomes de Castro, and we have no knowledge of the specific documentation of his nomination, as it was only cited by genealogist Henrique Henriques de Noronha.

Keywords: officer; officer-general; Henrique Henriques de Noronha; Tristão Gomes de Castro.