Francisco de Borbón y Borbón, I. duque de Marchena

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Francisco María Isabel Gabriel Pedro Sebastián Afonso de Borbón y Borbón

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Death: November 17, 1923 (62)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Ile-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Sebastián Gabriel Maria de Borbón y Bragança, Infante de Portugal y España and María Cristina "La Infanta Boba" de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias
Husband of María del Pilar de Muguiro y Beruete
Father of Maria Cristina de Borbón y Muguiro, II Duquesa de Marchena; Elena de Borbón y Muguiro and Doña Maria de los Angeles de Borbón y Muguiro
Brother of Pedro de Alcántara de Borbón y Borbón, I. duque de Dúrcal; Luis de Borbón y Borbón, I. duque de Ansola; Alfonso Maria de Borbón y Borbón and Gabriel Jesús de Borbón y Borbón

Occupation: Duke of Marchena, 1er duque de Marchena, Grande de España
Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Francisco de Borbón y Borbón, I. duque de Marchena

  • Francisco Maria de Borbon y Borbon (August 20, 1861 - November 17, 1923) was the eldest son of the Spanish Infante Sebastián Gabriel de Bourbon and his wife, the Infanta Maria Cristina of Bourbon. Despite their names and rank of his parents, Don Francisco Maria never held the title of Infante of Spain, although it was Duke of Marchena.


  • Don Francisco Maria de Bourbon was the eldest son of the marriage of the Infante Don Sebastián Gabriel Borbón y Braganza, Infante of Spain and Portugal, and his second wife, the Infanta Maria Cristina of Bourbon. His paternal grandparents were Don Pedro Carlos de Borbon and his wife Maria Teresa of Braganza, Princess of Beira. Maternally, Don Francisco Maria was the grandson of the Infante Don Francisco de Paula de Borbón and his wife, Princess Luisa Carlotta of the Two Sicilies. Its complex genealogy Francisco made Mary was a descendant of three grandchildren of Charles III of Spain: King Francis I of the Two Sicilies, his wife, the Infanta Maria Isabel of Bourbon, Infante Francisco de Paula de Borbón, Duke of Cadiz, the Queen Carlota Joaquina de Portugal and the Spanish-Portuguese Pedro Infante Carlos of Bourbon.
  • Although both his father and mother were children of Spain by right of birth and were closely related to the Spanish royal family, it was decided that the infant children of Gabriel Sebastian ostentarían the title of infants in Spain (although they were allowed to use the surname Bourbon) because the vast fortune of the infant would be sufficient to support his offspring, and so they do not depend on the state coffers.


  • Don Francisco Maria (who received the names of Francisco Pedro Sebastián Gabriel Maria Isabel Afonso at the baptismal font) was born in Madrid in 1861, during the reign of Elizabeth II, who was aunt for being married to his maternal uncle, King consort gift Francis of Assisi of Bourbon. In 1862 he received the orders of the Golden Fleece and Charles III.
  • In 1868 he had to go into exile with his family after the overthrow of his aunt, and settled in the Villa Labourdette, in Pau in the French Pyrenees. There his father died in 1875, when he had been restored Spanish monarchy in the person of his cousin, Don Alfonso XII. Shortly after his widow, Francisco Maria and her four brothers returned to Madrid, where they were raised by the royal family because Maria Cristina of weak mental constitution.
  • Don Francisco Maria studied at the Vienna Theresianum. Shortly before his death, King condedió the title Duke of Marchena to his cousin. The Duke of Marchena, dim-witted man, remained very close to the royal family throughout his life, little is known. On January 7, 1886 he concluded an advantageous marriage with Dona Maria del Pilar de Muguiro and Beruete, daughter of the Earl of Muguiro, a politician of the time equipped with a large fortune and very learned man in art and niece of the influential politician Sigismund Moret. However, the Duke was a moron incapable of marital life and soon the Duquesa de Marchena became fond of Basil Zaharoff, a shady arms dealer 19 years her senior.
  • The dealer and his mistress were established in Paris and interned at Duke in a medical institution for insane.
  • The Duchess had three daughters, all born in Paris and after the entry of the Duke in the asylum, so his daughters could not be suspected and simpre that were actually Basil Zaharoff, who always treated them as his own:
  • Maria Cristina de Borbon y Muguiro (1889-1981), second Duchess of Marchena. Married with offspring.
  • Elena de Borbon y Muguiro (1890-1909), died unmarried.
  • Maria de los Angeles de Borbon y Muguiro (1895-1964), married Count Turkish (from Poland) Jan Ostrorog. He had a daughter.
  • Don Francisco Maria died in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1923, when he died his widow lost the title of nobility, so the lover opulent Spanish government bought the lifetime title of Duchess of Villafranca de los Caballeros in 1924 and subsequently married his benefactor, Basil Zaharoff, having received the king's permission. The Duchess of Villafranca de los Caballeros died in 1926, and his widow in 1936, but not before taking the two daughters of the Duke of Marchena, Maria Cristina and Dona Maria de los Angeles, who retained the name Bourbon, although they were daughters own.
  • The title of Duke of Marchena currently holds the grandson of Dona Maria del Pilar de Muguiro, James Walford and Mr John Hawkins, born in London in 1941.
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