Fernando, Lord of Serpa

Infante Fernando
Lord of Serpa and Lamego

Coat of Arms of Infante Fernando, Lord of Serpa.
Born summer of 1217
Kingdom of Portugal
Died 19 January 1246
(aged 29)
Kingdom of Portugal
Spouse Sancha Fernández de Lara
Issue Sancho Fernandes de Serpa
House House of Burgundy
Father Afonso II
Mother Urraca of Castile
Religion Roman Catholicism

Infante Fernando of Portugal (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃du]), or Ferdinand in English, was a Portuguese infante (prince), son of King Afonso II of Portugal and his wife Urraca of Castile, daughter of Alfonso VIII of Castile.

Fernando was born in the summer of 1217 and was made Lord of Serpa and Lamego in 1223. It is known that he travelled to Rome in 1237 to beg for a pardon from Pope Gregory IX for his violence against certain clerics.[1] He died January 19, 1246.

Marriage and offspring

He married Sancha Fernández de Lara,[2] daughter of Fernando Núñez de Lara and wife Mayor González, without any documented issue.

He had, however, a bastard son by an unknown woman named Sancha Fernandes de Serpa, who was a Prior at Santo Esteban de Alfama,[3] but had illegitimate issue, being the ancestor of the de Serpa family.

Coat of arms

In a study from the Spanish historian Faustino Menéndez-Pidal de Navascués,[4] the infante Fernando should have used a Coat of Arms representing a Wyvern (Serpe in Portuguese), the symbol of his Lordship of Serpa, in south Alentejo, with a border where, alternately, are represented the arms of Portugal (paternal ancestry) and those of Castile (maternal ancestry).



  1. Mattoso 1991, p. 1032.
  2. Sánchez de Mora 2003, p. 243–244.
  3. Sotto Mayor Pizarro 1997, p. 167.
  4. Published in "A Monarquia Portuguesa", Reader's Digest, Lisbon, April 1999, page 368, ISBN 972-609-261-2


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