House of the Infantado
Created in 1654 by King John IV of Portugal, the properties and riches confiscated from the Marquis of Vila Real, supporters of House of Habsburg, during the Portuguese Restoration War. The House of the Infantado belonged to and was passed on to the second-born son of each King — i.e., the Infante that was not entitled to the crown — as his appanage. This member of the Portuguese Royal family was known as the Lord of the House of Infantado (Senhor da Casa do Infantado) or simply the Lord of Infantado (Senhor do Infantado).
The following estates were part of the Casa do Infantado:
Lords of Infantado
The following Infantes of Portugal were Lords of Infantado:
- Infante Pedro- Second son of King John IV, he became Pedro II of Portugal as the result of a coup d'état sparked by the mental disability of his older brother, Afonso VI.
- Infante Francis- Second son of King Pedro II, Infante Francis, Duke of Beja was a proposed candidate to marry Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Austria.
- Infante Pedro- Second son of King John V, he became Pedro III of Portugal after marrying Maria I of Portugal.
- Infante John- Second son of Queen Maria I, he became John VI of Portugal after the death of his older brother, José, Prince of Brazil.
- Infante Miguel - Second son of King John VI, he became Miguel I of Portugal after usurping the throne from niece Maria II of Portugal.