Some years ago I came upon the Grallas in the Catalan area of Spain. Gralla is my mom's side of the family. They are my Polish side. However, while doing research we found out all about the Grallas in Spain and even went to the Casa Gralla in Subirats and spoke to the Gralla descendants that were there. It was a little difficult as my 6 years of Spanish had turned to "rust" but none-the-less the family shared their pedigree chart and pointed out the Gralla who emigrated to Polonia back several hundreds of years ago. We were escorted to the Palace and the family church by the author of the book about Luis de Requesen. He was also the proprietor of the Museum in Martorell. Here are some quotes I translated from his book which is written in Catalan.
Miguel Juan de Gralla
From Lerida ? XV century - died in 1531. Distinguished royal official. Teacher of royal classroom. Delegate of the Generalilat (1491-1494). Royal accountant teacher of Catalunya. (1501-1520). His linage was through the Burgues de Lerida. He gained his riches by practicing mercantilism. Castellan and Feudal Lord of the castle of Subirat. He was at the service of Ana de Bretana until the capitulation of Reunes in 1491. He returned to Cataluna and intervened in name of the King in the municipal reforms and of the Generalilat and he was designated by the king as a delegate.
He also intervened as an ambassador (planipotenciario) on the matters of the distribution of the kingdom of Napoles. In the year of 1499 he was again sent to France for the marriage of Ana de Bretana to Luis XII of France. He was married in 1506 to Anna Despla i de Corbera, He transformed the Barcelonian house of Despla into a lavish palace with a facade of beautiful Renaissance decorations and it has since been known as the "Casa Gralla". In its interior there was a beautiful patio whose lower level was of Renaissance style and gallery floor was curved. The Gralla palace was torn down violently in the year 1856. (the remnants of this 2nd castle remain in the form of a fountain with beautiful tiles on Calle de Fuerissa.)
Don Juan de Gralla, in the year of 1517 in Bruselas, received the title of Lord. In 1520 he was helped in the position of rational teacher (royal accountant) by his son Francisco de Gralla i Despla, who succeeded him and was married in 1527 to Guiomar D'Hostalric - Sabastida and obtained the priviledge of nobility in Bolonia in the year 1530.
AUTHOR : Isidro Clopas Batlle, correspondent of the Royal Hispanoamerican Academy of Cadiz.
Title : Luis de Requesens the great forgotten of Lepanto.
Printing Co : Graphics Martorell, S.L. Martorell
Year : 1971 legal deposit: B. 35.291 - 1971
Page 12.- Referring to the Padellas Palace, headquarters today of the Museum of History of the city of Barcelona. it says..." We began to form a genealogical tree of the families that have possessed the old dilapidated house. As a result of the study, we stumbled upon the Zuniga's Family, of Requesens and of Gralla and we came to the conclusion that this house never belonged to the Clariana and therefore, the given name of such house Clariana-Pandellas was improper; the mansion belonged to the Hostalrich-Sabastida and then passed on to the Hostalrich-Gralla and from them to the Requesens"....
Page 14.- ...."Luis de Requesens, son of a noble Catalana lady of the house of Requesens, Estefania, and of castillian linage, Juan de Zuniga and of Avellaneda; therefore all the matters that appear more novelesque than historical, of his marriage with the daughter of the Rational teacher of Cataluna, Jeronima de Hostlarich and de Gralla (even though his name should have been de Gralla and Holstlarich, if it would have not been linked to his last name)"....
Page 18.- "Luis de Requesens y de Zuniga, as it is known, was a man of extraordinary military and political significance in the court of Felipe II, becoming worthy of the absolute confidence of the king, who named him Greatest Knight Commander of Castilla, Lieutenant of D. Juan of Austria (1567), Spanish Ambassador at the Vatican (1561), Governor of the state of Milan (1752) and Governor of the Lower countries where he died in 1576".
LAST NAMES DICTIONARY
XLII. Francisco de Moncada y Folch de Cardona was second count of Aytona, count of Osona, Viscount of Cabrera and Bas, Head of the old nobility and Rational Teacher of Cataluna, and Vice-king of the principality and kingdom of Valencia. The King don Felipe II, by royal commission on the first of October of 1585, named him the first Marque of Aytona. He was united in matrimony with Mrs. Lucrecia Gralla (Daughter of Francisco Gralla, Rational master of Cataluna). He died in 1594, leaving these two sons:
1. Gaston de Moncada y Gralla, that follows, and
2. Francisco de Moncada y Gralla, one that we will mention later on, for being progenitor of the third branch.
XLIII. Gaston de Moncada y Gralla was Lord of the house of Moncada, second Marqui of Aytona, Count of Osona, Head of the old nobility of Cataluna, Vice-King of Cerdena, Rational Teacher of Cataluna and Councelor of War and state of Felipe III. Was married in Valencia to Catalina de Moncada, Lady of the Baronias of Callosa and Taverna, that we have mentioned before. Gaston died in 1626, leaving his matrimony.
I would say the Grallas were a cool family, no?