Duke of Cadaval

Ducal House of Cadaval
Country Portugal
Parent house House of Braganza
Founded 1648
Founder Nuno I Álvares Pereira de Melo
Current head Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo

The Dukes of Cadaval have their origins in Dom Álvaro of Braganza, Lord of Tentúgal, Póvoa, Buarcos and Cadaval, 4th male son of Dom Ferdinand I, 2nd Duke of Braganza. Dom Álvaro married Dona Filipa de Melo, the rich daughter and heir of Rodrigo Afonso de Melo, 1st. Count of Olivença.

The title was created on April 26, 1645, by King John IV of Portugal to his distant cousin, Dom Nuno Álvares Pereira de Melo (1638–1727), who was already 3rd Marquis of Ferreira and 5th Count of Tentúgal.

List of the Dukes of Cadaval

  1. D. Nuno Álvares Pereira de Melo (1638–1727)
  2. D. Luís Ambrósio Álvares Pereira de Melo (1679–1700)
  3. D. Jaime Álvares Pereira de Melo (1684–1749)
  4. D. Nuno Caetano Álvares Pereira de Melo (1741–1771)
  5. D. Miguel Caetano Álvares Pereira de Melo (1765–1808)
  6. D. Nuno Caetano Álvares Pereira de Melo (1799–1837)
  7. D. Maria da Piedade Álvares Pereira de Melo (1827–1859)
  8. D. Jaime Segismundo Álvares Pereira de Melo (1844–1913)
  9. D. Nuno Maria José Caetano Álvares Pereira de Melo (1888–1935)
  10. D. Jaime Álvares Pereira de Melo (1913–2001)
  11. D. Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo (1978- )

Other Titles

Family Name

The Dukes family name is Álvares Pereira de Melo.

Dom Nuno Álvares Pereira, the remarkable Constable of Portugal, is among their ancestors.

A new title: Cadaval-Hermès

When Jaime III Álvares Pereira de Melo, 10th Duke of Cadaval died in 2001, he left four daughters: two from his first (civil) marriage (with Antoinette Louise Schweisguth, ex-wife of René Durrieu, 4th Baron Durrieu), and two others from his second (religious) marriage (with Claudine Marguerite Marianne Tritz). Leadership of the house and its possessions was disputed by the elder daughters of each marriage:

Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, in the de jure capacity of Head of the historical Royal House of Portugal, recognized Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo as 11th Duchess of Cadaval.

However, he also granted to her eldest half-sister, Rosalinda Álvares Pereira de Melo, the new title of Duchess of Cadaval-Hermès, because she is married to Hubert Guerrand-Hermès, the House Hermès heir. Dona Rosalinda also obtained both titles of Marquise of Ferreira and Countess of Tentúgal, historically allocated to the heir of the Duke of Cadaval. Rosalinda (or her heirs) is designated to succeed her younger half sister as Duchess of Cadaval.

There is some controversy about the Hermès title, as effectively it constitutes a new creation since inauguration of the republican regime (in Portugal: the Republic abolished all titles of Portuguese nobility in 1910).

Genealogical Summary

                          Fernando I                                 Rodrigo de Melo              
                          (1403–1478)                                  (1430–1487)
                      2nd.Duke of Braganza                         1st.Count of Olivença
                               |                                            |
        _______________________|___________________                         |
        |                      |                  |                         |
   Fernando II              Afonso              Álvaro<-------------->Philippa de Melo
   (1430–1506)            (1435- ? )          (1440- ? )      |        (1460–1516)
3rd.Duke of Braganza   1st.Count of Faro    Lord of Tentúgal  |      
        |             2nd.Count of Odemira    and Cadaval     |     
        |                      |                              |
        |                      |                              |        
        |                      |                       Rodrigo de Melo
        |                      |                         (1468–1545)
        |                      |                    1st.Count of Tentúgal
        |                      |                   1st.Marquis of Ferreira
        |                      |                              |
        |                      |                              |
 House of Braganza      Counts of Faro               Francisco I de Melo
                       Counts of Odemira                 (1520–1588)
                       Counts of Vimieiro           2nd.Count of Tentúgal
                                                   2nd.Marquis of Ferreira
                                                 Nuno Álvares Pereira de Melo
                                                     3rd.Count of Tentúgal
                                                     Francisco II de Melo
                                                     4th.Count of Tentúgal
                                                    3rd.Marquis of Ferreira
                                                 Nuno I Álvares Pereira de Melo
                                                    5th.Count of Tentúgal
                                                   4th.Marquis of Ferreira
                                                     1st.Duke of Cadaval
                                                       House of Cadaval

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