Ana Maria de Lorena, 1st Duchess of Abrantes

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Dona Ana Maria de Lorena (Ana Maria Catarina Henriqueta; 3 September 1691 – 1761) was a Portuguese noblewoman. The eldest daughter of Rodrigo Anes de Sá Almeida e Menezes, 1st Marquis of Abrantes and 7th Count of Penaguião, she adopted the patronymic "de Lorena" after a maternal great-grandfather, François Louis de Lorraine.

By a decree of king Joseph I of Portugal dated from 9 December 1753, she was made Duchess of Abrantes once she became the queen's Maid of Honour (in Portuguese Camareira-Môr), the highest palatine office for a lady. She inherited her family estates and honours a few years later, upon her brother's death in 1756. Her younger brother, Joaquim Francisco de Sá Almeida e Menezes, had succeeded their father as 2nd Marquis of Abrantes and married Dona Ana Maria's only daughter, but died without issue; thus, she became 3rd Marchioness of Abrantes and 9th Countess of Penaguião.

As family name, she used Lorena (a Portuguese translation for Lorraine), a name which came from her maternal grandmother, Marie Angelique Henriette de Lorraine, a daughter of François Louis, Count of Harcourt.

Ana Maria married Rodrigo de Melo (1688–1713), second child of Nuno Álvares Pereira de Melo, 1st Duke of Cadaval. They had a single daughter, Maria Margarida de Lorena (who became 2nd Duchess of Abrantes), married to her uncle (Ana Maria's brother), Joaquim Francisco de Sá Almeida e Menezes, 2nd Marquis of Abrantes.

Bibliography[edit]

  • ”Nobreza de Portugal e do Brasil" – Vol. II, page 205. Published by Zairol Lda., Lisbon 1989.

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Portuguese nobility
Preceded by
New title
Coat of Arms of the Sá family, Marquesses of Abrantes
Duke of Abrantes

1753–1761
Succeeded by
Maria Margarida de Lorena, 2nd Duchess
Preceded by
Joaquim Francisco de Sá Almeida e Menezes, 2nd Marquis
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Marquis of Abrantes

1756–1761
Succeeded by
Maria Margarida de Lorena, 4th Marchioness
Preceded by
Joaquim Francisco de Sá Almeida e Menezes, 8th Count
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Count of Penaguião

1756–1761
Succeeded by
Maria Margarida de Lorena, 10th Countess