Alessandro dal Borro
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Marchese Alessandro dal Borro (22 April 1600 — December 2, 1656, Corfu) was a Tuscan nobleman and general. He became a Field Marshal of the Holy Roman Empire. He was well known for his obesity (which in his time was considered a status symbol).
Early life, family and education
Destined for a military career, he took part in the Thirty Years' War in the ranks of the company of Ottavio Piccolomini, captain for the Grand Duke of Siena, Cosimo II de Medici, sent to Germany to help the emperor Ferdinand II who was his cousin. Del Borro gained many victories on the battlefield, and received for this two baronies and was admitted to the Bohemian nobility.
The Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinand II de Medici called him back to Florence and named him commander of the army of the Grand Duchy. On July 29, 1643, for services rendered to the Grand Duchy, he gave him the marquisate of Borro.
He returned to the service of the Venetians.
Demise and legacy
Alessandro del Borro died in 1656 in Corfu as a result of wounds received in battle with Barbary pirates. In the management of his estate in Arezzo, he was succeeded by his son Nicholas de Borro (1644–1690) who, like his father, was a career soldier who died in battle.