To be freed from the Inquisitors, one would need testimonies certifying one’s “clean blood”. This would lead to a royal letter issued in favour of the family. Relentlessly having sought after such freedom, Gaspar Dias pledged to erect “Eremida do Bom Despacho”; literally the Chapel of Good Dispatch, meaning the royal seal of approval. After (at least) 13 royal decrees from King D. Filipe I and D. João IV spaning for over a century, Gaspar’s pledge was fulfilled and the chapel was built.
Unfortunately, the chapel was destroyed in the mid-19th century but, because of the family and its story, the name became widely known. To this day, “Bom Despacho” is used to address the house and the estate. Although it remained in the same family, Quinta do Bom Despacho was uninhabited from the mid-18th century to the early 1980s.
António Borges Coutinho, 2nd grandson of the II Marquês da Praia e Monforte, had inherited Quinta do Bom Despacho. He decided to restore it after the family home in the city centre was bought by the Azores Regional Government. The restoration took place between 1981 and 1984, overseen by himself and his two sons, António and Francisco, who had recently returned from military service in Angola and Mozambique.