Let's highlight, here, some in chronological order of the birth ballot.
Marquis of Pombal
The Marquis of Pombal (Prime Minister José), as a boy and a young man studied at the Franciscan convent of the village where his uncle priest ministered Latin lessons. It is said that there were rivalries with the marquises of Távora for having opposed to the dating and marriage between Pombal, a son of humble people (commoner), and the beautiful descendant of the prestigious Távoras.
Fifteenth century famous painter, of whom very little is known beyond the laconic reference letter from King Manuel I (11 June 1515), naming the recipient of the taxes of Trevões and Lowland.
D. Frei Acúrsio de Santo Agostinho
Religious name regular canon of that order, from Ervedosa, and son of the illustrious family of Távoras (Mr. João Gonçalves de Távora and Lady Filipa de Melo). He lived in the late sixteenth century (beginning of the following), professed in the convent of Sta. Cruz de Coimbra. He has held senior positions in the congregation, (Superior General), was Chancellor of the University (1590), Master of Arts, and professor of theology. In addition, he was a distinguished speaker.
D. Caetano de Gouveia Pacheco
Born in Riodades (1696), joined the order of St. Caetano when he was 18 years old. He distinguished himself as a remarkable preacher, and appointed to senior posts: the Holy Office qualifier, and examiner of the three Military Orders. Member of the Royal Academy of History (1735), was in charge of writing the "History of the Bishopric of Coimbra." He died in Lisbon on March 4, 1768.
Luis Augusto Pinto Soveral
Born in Pesqueira (1853), and he was a personality of great national and international prestige, lord of vast literary culture, and highly respected in the Royal Palace. He attended the Polytechnic Academy of Porto, he was Officer of the Navy, and attended the Louvain University (Belgium). He has held senior positions: Nobleman of the Royal House, Peer of the Realm, State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs (Madrid, Rome and London). He was a close friend of the British Royal Family with whom he got on well, and Edward VII had him in high regard. He received the title of Marquis of Soveral by letter or mercy of King Carlos I. Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro caricatured him by the natural facetiousness of humorous Marquis, inseparable from its high top hat and cane. Died (single) in Paris (1922).
Manuel Dias Alonso
Popular poet, lowly, and supposedly of Galician ancestry, was born in Pesqueira, in the late eighteenth century. Maria Teresa Ribeirinha (from Sernancelhe) was his wife, and she was also a poet and famous of singer. They improvised singing challenges for whole hours, entertaining rural evenings (and the street) who stopped to listen to them. The balcony of his humble home in the Village of Pesqueira , was a stage for these two important poets of the people.
Jose Maria Cunha Seixas
Born in Trevões (1836), and attended law in Coimbra, with high grades. Very early attracted by journalism (a student) founded in Mondego city the "academic" newspaper. He made his first appearance precisely in a book entitled "debuts", a literary success. He opened lawyer office in Lisbon, and followed politics, advocating liberal ideas in journals of his time. He left a dozen titles (literary) published either dealing with philosophy, issues of legal jurisdiction and school use textbooks.
Jorge Távora, Priest of the company of Jesus, dedicated his entire life to the poor, sick, hungry and excluded, whom they called "Father of Charity." Contaminated by the plague that raged Coimbra in 1599 (where he studied and practiced the apostolate), he died on 20 May of that year.
João Clemente de Carvalho Savedra
Born in Ervedosa (1865), attended the Normal School of Porto, where he graduated as a Primary Education Teacher, with high grates. Great intelligence and culture, passionately lived the problems of learning and education, at the country level. In this sense, he toured several European countries in search of experiences and models that could enrich its innovative and avant-garde vocation in terms of pedagogy that could be applied in primary education in Portugal. Therefore, wrote several books and textbooks that have been officially adopted in successive and honourable editions and who taught several generations.
José Pinto Mesquita Gouveia
Born in Ervedosa, graduated in law. He was a counsellor, and has held other senior positions, such as Vila Real Governor. He died in Régua (1909).
Antonio Aires Pacheco
From Vilarouco, studied at the seminary of Funchal. When ordered, he was named Canon of the Cathedral Chapter. Madeiran remarkable preacher, his fame went the whole country, deserving the honourable epithet of "Pulpit Portuguese Ornament". To him belong several sermons and funeral prayers in solemn funeral, as the one he gave at the death of King Carlos and Prince Louis Philippe, the Church of the Jerónimos Monastery.
When the Canon Pacheco died, the newspapers dedicated to him honourable and flattering titles regarding him as one of the first of our preachers, after Vieira.
José Paradela de Oliveira
Who does not know the name (and voice) of Dr. Paradela de Oliveira, one of the great academic generation of fado of Coimbra? He was from Pesqueira, where he was born on March 15, 1904.
He attended the Magisterium Primary School of Vila Real, and later went to Lisbon where he taught at the School Industrial Fonseca Benavides. In Coimbra, he enrolled in law and four years later, he returned to the capital and finished his degree. The Magistracy followed, and he was notable in several judgments of political nature, by advocating people resistant to Dictatorship.
Militant of the left-party, he was always consistent with his ideas and political ideas, he was a strong opponent of the Salazar regime, and participated in the campaign for the elections in favour of General Norton de Matos.
He died in Madrid on September 18, 1970, on hot day. The wife of the company, entered a brewery, and asked for a cold beer, which after all was freezing, causing him indigestion and immediate ... death. That fateful day, the voice of gold of Coimbra fado was silenced.
Eduardo Augusto Tavares
Born in Pesqueira in July 1918. motherless, from childhood, and from a family of poor material resources, the father was in serious trouble to educate seven children. After primary education, the young Eduardo shook the city of Porto (he was 12) working as apprentice (or errand boy) for a shop near Foz. In the few free moments, opened his knife (which served as a gouge, besides what he did with sticks of old umbrellas) and craved figures or small images on pieces of wood he found on the street.
But someone noticed the precocious talent of the young boy. An image-maker (that made images of saints) Custóias, called him to help him, and he accepted. Then he introduced him to Master Teixeira Lopes, who accepted him in his workshop in Vila Nova de Gaia, and at the same time, he enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in Oporto (now Faculty of Fine Arts). Brilliant student he finished the course at the age of 26, and he was honoured by the only equal grade in 1911) of the master Diogo de Macedo. This tribute was watched by the proud father of Eduardo Tavares. Eduardo Tavares that would be brilliant teacher of the school where he was a brilliant student. And also a great teacher, despite his amazing humility. The great talents are always humble and discreet creatures. Eduardo Tavares signed merit work, scattered squares and gardens of North and Central. Just one example, the statue dedicated to "Emigrant", an allegory of the title of the famous novel by Ferreira de Castro. The master had his workshop on the ground floor of his modest house in the city of Porto. The filling and other memorabilia (models) are part of the current museum, located in his hometown. The contents of his workshop and figurines which are the artistic shadows of the talented and unassuming master.
The outstanding figure of classical music, is known and renowned pianist José Carlos Sequeira Costa, from Vilarouco, where he was born in 1929. Between 10 and 12 years old he took piano lessons with the master Viana da Mota, and in 1946 he won the prize "Paris" in an international contest. He is the important representative of the School Viana da Mota, and one of the most famous pianists in the world.
José Augusto Seabra
Tough anti-fascist of the 60s generation, teacher and politician, he was Minister of Education in the government of Cavaco Silva. He was an ambassador of Portugal at UNESCO, Ambassador in New Delhi, and he is ambassador in the capital of Romania. Collaborator of the daily press, is an astute political analyst, this well-known citizen of Pesqueira.
João Nascimento Costa
He is from Vilarouco, where he was born in 1931. Industrial and landowner he has worked his way up. He held numerous positions in S. João da Pesqueira, but he stood out mainly as a mayor. He was a Mayor for several administrations or mandates, having always won the free and democratic elections after the 25th of April (or since 1975).
Hard-worker, devoted, intelligent, the county owes him the greatest development that met (and still enjoys) in major projects, endowing it with the essential infrastructures in various fields. From culture to recreation and leisure facilities (Auditorium, Gym hall and Swimming Pools), the road network, sanitation and water supply (embankment of Ranhados), one of the chronic problems afflicting the population.
He died on 8 October 2006.