Gaston de Foix, Count of Candale

Gaston de Foix (1448 – 25 March 1500), Earl of Kendal and Count of Benauges, was a French nobleman in the last decades of the Middle Ages. He was a cadet member of the important Foix family in Southern France. He was a son of John de Foix, 1st Earl of Kendal and Margaret Kerdeston.[1]

Gaston de Foix
Died25 March 1500 (aged 51–52)
Noble familyFoix
Spouse(s)Catherine of Foix, Countess of Candale
FatherJohn de Foix, 1st Earl of Kendal
MotherMargaret Kerdeston

Gaston succeeded as the Count of Benauges in France. As an heir of John de Foix, Earl of Kendal, he also continued to claim that English peerage and therefore was styled Comte de Candale. He firstly married Infanta Catherine of Navarre, the youngest daughter of Gaston IV, Count of Foix, and Eleanor of Navarre.[2] They had four children:

In 1494, he remarried with Isabelle of Albret, daughter of Alain I of Albret. They had four children:

  • Alain de Foix, married Françoise dite de Montpezat des Prez.
  • Louise de Foix (died 1534), married François de Melun, Count of Epinoy and Knight in the Order of the Golden Fleece.
  • Amanieu de Foix (died 1541), Bishop of Carcassonne and Mâcon.
  • Marguerite de Foix.

He also had three illegitimate children.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Boureau 1995, p. 96.
  2. ^ Sluga & James 2016, p. 40.
  3. ^ Previté-Orton 1962, p. 922.
  4. ^ Cazacu 2017, p. 204.


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