Infante Francisco, Duke of Beja

Infante Francisco
Duke of Beja

Portrait of Infante Francisco, Duke of Beja; Domenico Duprà, 1729-1730.
Born (1691-05-25)25 May 1691
Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal
Died 21 July 1742(1742-07-21) (aged 51)
Óbidos, Kingdom of Portugal
Burial Royal Pantheon of the Braganza Dynasty
Issue Pedro of Braganza
João da Bemposta
Full name
Francisco Xavier José António Bento Urbano
House House of Braganza
Father Pedro II of Portugal
Mother Maria Sofia of the Palatinate
Religion Roman Catholicism

Infante Francisco, Duke of Beja[1] (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɾɐ̃ˈsiʃku]), (Lisbon, 25 May 1691 - Lisbon, 21 July 1742) was a Portuguese infante (prince) son of Peter II, King of Portugal, and his second wife, Maria Sofia of the Palatinate.

Early life

Infante Francisco; Jean Ranc, 1729.

Francisco Xavier José António Bento Urbano was born on 25 May 1691 in Lisbon. He was given the Duchy of Beja and was made Grand-Prior of Crato and Lord of the Infantado. Plans for him to marry Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Austria sister of Queen Maria Anna failed in the early stages.


Responding to a request by Pope Clement XI to aid in the fight against the Turks, in 1716, King John V of Portugal (Infante Francisco's brother) sent an armada of Portuguese ships to aid Venice and Austria in their fights against the Turks, led by the Duke of Beja, and Lopo Furtado de Mendonça, Count of Rio Grande.[2]

Affairs and issue

He died unmarried and without legitimate issue (in spite of two illegitimate children from Mariana da Silveira) on 21 July 1742 at the Quinta das Gaeiras in Óbidos. He is buried at the Royal Pantheon of the Braganza Dynasty in Lisbon.

He had two natural children with Mariana Silveira, a nun, who died during the 1755 Lisbon earthquake:




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