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García Álvarez de Toledo, 1st Duke of Alba

García Álvarez de Toledo, 1st Duke of Alba

First Duke of Alba
García Álvarez de Toledo, 1st Duke of Alba
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro First Duke of Alba
Was Military personnel
From Spain
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1424
Death 20 June 1488 (aged 64 years)
Children: Fadrique Álvarez de Toledo2nd Duke of Alba
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The details


García Álvarez de Toledo y Carrillo de Toledo, 1st Duke of Alba de Tormes (c. 1424 – 20 June 1488) was a Spanish nobleman, military leader and politician.


He was the son of Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 1st Count of Alba de Tormes and of Mencía Carrillo de Toledo y Palomeque, Lady of Bercimuelle. In 1472, King Henry IV of Castile elevated the County of Alba de Tormes into a hereditary Duchy. The first Duke of Alba fought in the War of the Castilian Succession on the side of the future Queen Isabella I of Castille against her niece, Juana la Beltraneja.

Marriage and issue

In 1448, he married María Enríquez de Quiñones, daughter of Fadrique Enríquez, Admiral of Castile, with whom he had 5 sons and 4 daughters. A granddaughter, María de Toledo y Rojas, married Diego Colón, son of Christopher Columbus.

They had the following children:

  • Fadrique Álvarez de Toledo, 2nd Duke of Alba (1460–1531)
  • Mencia de Toledo, married Beltrán de la Cueva, 1st Duke of Alburquerque
  • Teresa de Toledo, married Pedro Fernández Manrique, 2nd Count de Osorno
  • Francisca de Toledo, married Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, 2nd Duke of Alburquerque
  • María de Toledo, married Gómez Suárez de Figueroa, 2nd Count of Feria
  • Gutierre Álvarez de Toledo, Bishop of Plasencia
  • García Álvarez de Toledo, 1st Lord of la Orcaiada
  • Pedro de Toledo, 1st Lord of Mancera
  • Fernando de Toledo, 1st Lord of las Villorias


8. Fernando Álvarez de Toledo
2nd Lord of Valdecorneja
4. García Álvarez de Toledo
3rd Lord of Valdecorneja
9. Leonor de Ayala
2. Fernando Álvarez de Toledo
1st Count of Alba de Tormes
10. Pedro Ruiz de Sarmiento
1st Lord of Rivadavia
5. Constanza de Sarmiento
11. Juana de Guzmán
1. García Álvarez de Toledo
12. Gomez Carrillo de Toledo
6. Pedro Carrillo de Toledo
Lord of Bolaños
13. Mayor Fernandez Coronel
3. Mencía Carrillo de Toledo y Palomeque
Lady of Bercimuelle
14. Tello Garcia Palomeque
7. Elvira Palomeque
15. Marquesa Diaz de Aza
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