Infanta Maria Francisca of Portugal

Infanta Maria Francisca of Braganza (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐˈɾiɐ fɾɐ̃ˈsiʃkɐ]; English: Mary Frances); full name: Maria Francisca de Assis da Maternidade Xavier de Paula e de Alcântara Antónia Joaquina Gonzaga Carlota Mónica Senhorinha Sotera e Caia de Bourbon e Bragança; 22 April 1800 – 4 September 1834) was a Portuguese infanta (princess) daughter of King John VI of Portugal and his spouse Carlota Joaquina of Spain.

Infanta Maria Francisca
Countess of Molina
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Born(1800-04-22)22 April 1800
Queluz Palace, Kingdom of Portugal
Died4 September 1834(1834-09-04) (aged 34)
Alverstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom
SpouseInfante Carlos, Count of Molina
(m. 1816)
IssueInfante Carlos, Count of Montemolin
Infante Juan, Count of Montizón
Infante Fernando
Names
Maria Francisca de Assis da Maternidade Xavier de Paula e de Alcântara Antónia Joaquina Gonzaga Carlota Mónica Senhorinha Sotera e Caia de Bourbon e Bragança
HouseHouse of Braganza
FatherJohn VI of Portugal
MotherCarlota Joaquina of Spain
ReligionRoman Catholicism

BiographyEdit

Maria was born in Queluz, Portugal. On 22 September 1816 in Madrid, she married her uncle Infante Carlos Maria Isidro of Spain, "Count of Molina". The couple had three children:

In 1833, Maria Francisca, her husband and children were exiled from Spain because they refused to recognize Isabella II as heiress to the Spanish throne. They went first to Portugal and then to Alverstoke, Hampshire, UK. While in Hampshire, Maria became ill and died on 4 September 1834.

A crowd of several thousand were known to have visited the village to pay their respects as her body lay at the rectory of St Mary's Gosport, where her funeral was held and a marble stone honours her memory.[1] Although initially interred in St Mary's Catholic Church Gosport, Maria Francisca's remains were later transferred to Trieste Cathedral in Italy, where the Carlist pretenders and their wives are buried.

Four years after her death, Carlos remarried, to Maria Francisca's own sister Maria Teresa, Princess of Beira.

AncestryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Carlist Queen Maria Francisca of Spain". St Mary's Catholic Parish.