About Michel Joseph de Bournonville
Golden Fleece - Knights: Spanish Branch
- Miguel José de Bournonville
- Miguel José de Bournonville y Sainte-Algonde , (Michel Joseph, Duc de Bournonville in French), ( Diksmuide, Flanders, 30 June 1672 - Madrid , 2 October 1752), was a Spanish noble.
He was Prince of Bournonville in Flanders and since 20 January 1717 Baron of Capres. On 21 July 1738 he was made 1st Duke of Bournonville by King Philip V of Spain. He was Knight of the Military Order of San Gennaro, and Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece since 1709.
He served as Captain of the Spanish Royal Flemish Guards, and the Walloon Guards, before becoming military Governor of Girona.
He became Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Spain in Versailles, France, in 1722 and in Vienna in 1726 under Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, (1685–1740).
The second Duke of Bournonville, (Spanish title), was Miguel José's nephew, Francisco José de Bournonville, (1710–1769), the son of Miguel José brother, Juan Francisco de Bournonville and Claire de Sainte Aldegonde, who became also a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1753, the year after he inherited the Duchy'.
The brother of this 2nd Duke, was named Wolfgang de Bournonville, being presumably a cadet brother, the father of Francisco José de Bournonville, (deceased 1769), and of Wolfgang José of Bournonville, [deceased 1784), Count of Flegnies, Captain General of Guipuzcoa, (1767), Captain General of Aragon, (1768).
It appears that the 3rd Duke, from 1769 to 1791, would be Maximiliano Casimiro de Bournonville, probably a son of the 2nd Duke Francisco José mentioned above.