Richard Colley Wellesley, was born in Ireland in 1760 in an aristocratic angloirish family. He went to the Royal School, Armagh, Harrow School, Eton College and Christ Church in Oxford, and thanks to his persuasive oratory skills and his formidable managing abilities he became Lord of Treasury and General Governor for the West Indies.
In times of Napoleon and the Spanish Independence War (1808-1814) he became British Ambassador in Spain and arrive in Cádiz short after the famous Battle of Talavera.
Richard played a key role in the cooperation between the spanish and british government, both by himself and through his brother Arthur.
In those hard war times the Duke visited Cádiz a number of times and most definitely strategic conversations on how to expel the french troops from southern Spain took place within the thick walls of this extraordinary dwelling.
Also around those years, we only found out the name of a spanish person named Francisco Xavier Insúa that worked for the Embassy and inhabited the mezzanine floor. The ground floor hosted a tailor shop and a barber shop, where master Josef Ruiz worked and lived with his wife Rafaela Milán and daughter Consuelo.
In more recent times the wealthy family of Benito Cuesta lived in the house for many years up until the 90´s. The house has remained abandoned since.