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Martiniano Ferreira Botelho

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Dr. Martiniano Ferreira Botelho

Martiniano José Ferreira Botelho (1853 - 1939) was a leading figure in the municipality of Vila Pouca de Aguiar in the early 20th century. He was a doctor, druggist and Portuguese politician, known from his residence as Lord of the House of the County. His humanitarian character was shown by treating his patients without asking for payment. His wrote a doctoral thesis with the title Breve estudo sobre as águas alcalino-gazósas das Pedras Salgadas. It was about the way water from the area was used as medicine to make people better.

Botelho' gave land to the community for the market Square which can be seen today, as well as for the municipal slaughter house and water mine.