Antonio Leandro da Cámara Carvalhal Esmeraldo Atougia Bettencourt de Machado, 2nd Count do Carvalhal da Lombada.
He was born on 6 October 1831and died 4th February 1888.
In 1854 he married Dona Matilde Montufar Infante, daughter of the Marqueses de Selva Alegre of Spain. They had two daughters, Dona Maria and Dona Teresa da Camara.
The 2nd Conde constructed a small house in 1858 to the north of the property for his French mistress. It was known as the `Casa da Francesa' (house of the French lady).
The 2nd Conde was quite a different character to his uncle. History relates that personally he was extremely agreeable, charming and a typical aristocrat. However little time was spent in Madeira. He led an extravagant life in European capitals such as Paris, Madrid and Lisbon and travelled the world. It was said that he outshone the King of Portugal in his magnificence, with a racing stable near Paris, a large yacht and a retinue of followers which would put the entourage of a modern monarch to shame!
He attended splendid parties, royal balls, the races, sporting events and the opera. History relates that he hired the entire Paris Opera for one night for his friends!
Many lavish parties and entertainments were given at Palheiro some reputedly of a scandalous nature. On one occasion women were invited wearing as their costume, jewellery and high-heeled shoes!!
He received the Infante (afterwards Dom Luis of Portugal) whom he greatly admired, at Palheiro and also at Palácio de São Pedro, his town house, when he visited the island together with the Arquiduquesa Carlota.
He was an indefatigable bon viveur, womaniser, gambler and his
large income was totally insufficient for his enormous expenditure. The pace was too fast to last and the inevitable happened. With everything mortgaged to the hilt he was forced to sell.
The 2nd Conde died after prolonged ill health at the age of 56 in 1888 at his town house the Palacio de São Pedro.
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