Fisher Legacy Story 

The Fisher Manor House was built by Guilherme Fisher, presumably in the middle of the 17th century. At that time only the central body of the Manor House was built and only later, in the 18th century, was the Chapel dedicated to St. Anne and the gate which has on its top the Fisher coat of arms and the engraved date of 1789, the date of the beginning of the French Revolution.

At the time the chapel was built, the Captain Major of Lagoa, Guilherme Fisher Borges Rebelo, lived in the manor house.
Nothing concrete is known of Fisher’s origins. It is said, however, that they came to the Azores at the beginning of the 17th century or shortly before, fleeing the persecutions carried out by King Henry XVIII against Catholics, among whom was the famous Cardinal Fisher who was sent by him to be beheaded. For this reason, his family fled to Terceira Island, and one of these Fisher married a Micaelense Berquó lady, from São Miguel, a marriage that gave rise to the family that still exists in Ponta Delgada, Fisher Berquó de Aguiar.

 

The Manor House was sold in the early 19th century to the Faria e Maia family and their sister.
The Manor was bought in 1968, almost in ruins, by Jaime Sousa Lima and wife Helena Le Velly de Sousa Lima, who proceeded to its careful restoration and began to live there with their four children from 1972 with the aspect that it has today and with the designation of Quinta de Sant’Ana to Fisher.

Brief historical review of the Fisher family in the Azores

It is a very old surname, noble and of English origin. Guilherme Fisher and his brother Ambrósio Fisher, sons of the gentleman Ricardo Fisher and his wife Ana Mennig and grandsons of Eduard Fisher who was a nobleman and native of Great Walshigam, an old settlement in the county of Norfolk where they register arms in 1563, came from England to the Azores in 1600. The said Ambrosio married on the island of Faial and his brother Guilherme on the island of Terceira where, with his wife, Dona Appolónia da Cruz Tavares, he established an opulent and rich manor, imposing in the respective bond the obligation that all his successors would call all their first-born Guilherme Fisher. This family came to be linked with that of the surname Berquó by the marriage of Dona Maria Anna Guilhermina Fisher to her cousin João Maria da Câmara Berquó of Faial Island.

 

The arms of the Fisher surname, like those that belonged to the benevolent and heroic Cardinal Fisher and like those that were registered in 1573 by the gentleman Eduardo Fisher, are, on a red field, a gold dolphin armed with red, and a silver chief with fourteen black ermine in three bands, the middle one having four ermine and the others five each.