Joaquín María del Castillo y Lanzas Mexico

Biography of Joaquín María del Castillo y Lanzas

Joaquín María del Castillo y Lanzas
Joaquín María del Castillo y Lanzas

Joaquín María del Castillo y Lanzas, a prominent Mexican politician, journalist and diplomat, attended the University of Glasgow from 1816-1818. He attended the Greek classes of John Young, or "Cocky Bung" as his students nicknamed him, for which he won a prize "for propriety of conduct, diligence and eminent abilities". He also attended Prof. George Jardine's Logic class, for which he was again awarded a prize, this time for "the best specimens of composition on various subjects of Philosophy and Taste, and for distinguished eminence and proficiency in the business of the class".

Castillo y Lanzas returned from his studies in Europe to Mexico, where he held a variety of political and diplomatic positions, among them Congressman, Foreign Secretary, Secretary to the President, and Minister Plenipotentiary to London. As an active journalist and editor, he also became a member of the Real Academia Española.


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  • R7/1/1 Prize lists 1777-1833
  • R9/1/1 Class Catalogues 1794-1838


Joaquín María del Castillo y Lanzas
Born 11 November 1801.
Died 16 July 1878.
GU Degree: Arts, 1816-18;
University Link: Alumnus, Student
Occupation categories: diplomats; journalists; politicians
English snippet: Early Mexican Politician
English snippet: Político mexicano
Record last updated: 14th Sep 2012

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Mexico Mexico, Veracruz, Xalapa
Place of Birth

Mexico Mexico, Mexico, Distrito Federal
Place of Death

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