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Birthplace: Foix, Ariege, , France
Death: Died in Bearn, France
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About Gaston de Foix

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 de la Pole. His father was created a Knight of the Garter in 1446.


Gaston succeeded as comte de Benauges in France. He also, as heir of John de Foix, Earl of Kendal, 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. They had four children:

  • Gaston de Foix, 3rd Count of Candale.
  • Jean de Foix, Archbishop of Bordeaux.
  • Pierre de Foix, died without issue.
  • Anne de Foix, married King Ladislaus II of Bohemia and Hungary.

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.
  • Amanjeu de Foix (died 1541), Bishop of Carcassone and Macon.
  • Marguerite de Foix.

He also had 3 illegitimate children.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaston_de_Foix,_Count_of_Candale

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  • Gaston II de Foix, Comte de Kendal & Benauges1,2
  • M, #80968, d. after 25 March 1500
  • Father Sir Jean de Foix, Earl of Kendal, Comte de Benauges1 d. b 31 Dec 1493
  • Mother Margaret Kerdeston1 b. c 1426, d. a 5 Dec 1485
  • Gaston II de Foix, Comte de Kendal & Benauges married Catherine de Foix, daughter of Gaston IV de Foix, Count of Foix & Bigorre and Eleanor of Aragon, in 1469.1 Gaston II de Foix, Comte de Kendal & Benauges married Isabelle d' Albret, daughter of Alain d' Albret, Vicomte de Tartas & Limoges, Comte de Gavre and Francoise de Blois, circa 30 January 1494.3,2 Gaston II de Foix, Comte de Kendal & Benauges died after 25 March 1500.1
  • Family 1 Isabelle d' Albret
  • Children
    • Sir Alain de Foix, Vicomte de Castillon+3
    • Amanieu de Foix, Bishop of Carcassonne, Macon, & Basar3 d. 1559
    • Louise de Foix+3,2
  • Family 2 Catherine de Foix b. c 1442, d. b 30 Jan 1494
  • Children
    • Gaston III ' the Lame' de Foix, Comte de Candale & Benauges3 d. 1535
    • Jean de Foix, Archbishop of Bordeaux3 d. 25 Jun 1529
    • Pierre de Foix, Baron de Langon, Seigneur du Pont3
    • Anna de Foix+1 b. c 1484, d. 26 Jul 1506
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11569] Europaische Stammtafeln, by Wilhelm Karl, Prinz zu Isenburg, Vol. III, Tafel 149.
  • 2.[S2] Detlev Schwennicke, Europaische Stammtafeln, New Series, Vol. XXVIII, Tafel 88.
  • 3.[S11569] Europaische Stammtafeln, by Wilhelm Karl, Prinz zu Isenburg, Vol. III, Tafel 149.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2695.htm#i80968

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  • 2. GASTON [IV] de Foix (-after 1455). The 15th century Chronicle of Esquerrier names "Mossen Johan…Mossen Gaston…captal de Buc, Mossen Archimbaud…seignor de Navalhas, Mossen Mathieu…comte de Comenge, Fray Pey de l´ordre desl Frays Menors…cardinal" as the five sons of "Mossen Archimbaud de Grailli, captal de Buc et de Puch Pauli" and his wife[1119]. Captal de Buch, Vicomte de Benauge, Comte de Longueville, Sire de Grilly. m ([1410] MARGUERITE d'Albret, daughter of ARNAUD AMANIEU [VIII] d'Albret Vicomte de Tartas & his wife Marguerite de Bourbon. The marriage contract of "Gaston comte de Foix" and "madame Marguerite d´Albret" is dated 19 May 1410[1120]. The receipt for the dowry paid by "Gaston de Foix captal de Buchz, viscomtes de Benauges" to "messire Charles d´Albret, conestable de France" for his marriage to "Marguerite d´Albret…sœur du dict d´Albret" is dated 24 Dec 1414[1121]. Gaston [IV] & his wife had three children:
    • a) JEAN de Foix (-1485). Comte de Benauges. He was created Earl of Kendal for services to England but relinquished the title. m ([1440]) MARGARET Kerdeston, daughter of THOMAS Kerdeston & his wife Elizabeth de la Pole of the Earls of Suffolk (after 1425-). According to Hansen, Margaret, wife of Jean de Foix, was the daughter of Elizabeth de la Pole, widow of Sir Edward Burnell (who died at Honfleur in 1415), by her second husband Thomas Kerderston whom she married in [1425][1122].
    • - COMTES de CANDALE.
    • b) ISABELLE de Foix (-1504). A document records the marriage of Pedro de Peralta and "Doña Isabel…prima de la reina Doña Catalina" which gives no precise details of her parentage[1123]. m firstly JACQUES de Pons Vicomte de Turenne. m secondly (1462) as his second wife, don PEDRO de Peralta Conde de Santisteban y Lerín, son of don PEDRO Martínez de Peralta Señor de Peralta y Andosilla [Capet-Navarra] & his wife doña Juana de Ezpeleta ([1491/92]).
    • c) AGNES de Foix . m PEY Poton de Lamensan .
  • 3. ARCHAMBAUD de Foix (-killed in battle 10 Sep 1419). .... etc.
  • GASTON [IV] de Foix, son of JEAN [III] [de Grailly] Comte de Foix et de Bigorre Vicomte de Béarn & his wife Jeanne d'Albret (26 Feb 1423-Roncevalles 25 Jul 1472). The 15th century Chronicle of Esquerrier records the birth 26 Feb 1422 (O.S.) of "Mossen Gaston fil de Mossen Johan et de Madona Johana de Labrit"[1128]. He succeeded his father in 1436 as Comte de Foix et de Bigorre, Vicomte de Béarn. m (30 Jul 1436) Infanta doña LEONOR de Aragón y Navarra, daughter of don JUAN II King of Navarre, Infante de Aragón [later JUAN II King of Aragon] & his wife doña Blanca Queen of Navarre (2 Feb 1425-Tudela 12 Feb 1479). The 15th century Chronicle of Esquerrier records that "Mossen Gaston fil de Mossen Johan et de Madona Johana de Labrit" married "Madona Leonor infanta de Navarra"[1129]. Her father named her Lieutenant General of the Kingdom of Navarre 1464. She succeeded her father in 1479 as LEONOR I Queen of Navarre. Comte Gaston [IV] & his wife had ten children:
    • 1. GASTON de Foix Infante de Navarra (1444-Libourne, Gironde 23 Nov 1470, .... etc.
    • 7. CATHERINE de Foix (after 1460-before 1494). m (1469) GASTON [II] de Foix Comte de Candale et de Benauges, son of JEAN de Foix Comte de Benauges Earl of Kendal & his wife Margaret de la Pole of Suffolk (-1500 after 25 Mar).
  • From: http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/TOULOUSE%20NOBILITY.htm#JeanFoixBenaugesdied1485A

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  • Gaston II de Foix, Comte de Candale1
  • M, #113915
  • Last Edited=18 Jun 2008
  • Gaston II de Foix, Comte de Candale gained the title of Comte de Candale.1
  • Child of Gaston II de Foix, Comte de Candale
    • 1.Anne de Foix, Comtesse de Candale+1 b. c 1484, d. 26 Jul 1506
  • Citations
  • 1.[S16] Jirí Louda and Michael MacLagan, Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe, 2nd edition (London, U.K.: Little, Brown and Company, 1999), table 84. Hereinafter cited as Lines of Succession.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p11392.htm#i113915

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1448
1448
Foix, Ariege, , France
1469
1469
Age 21
1484
1484
Age 36
Foix, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees, France
1494
January 30, 1494
Age 46
1500
March 25, 1500
Age 52
Bearn, France
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