Gómez Suárez de Figueroa, 3rd Duke of Feria

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In 1633, a Spanish army under Gómez Suárez de Figueroa took the Swiss city of Rheinfelden, in a plan to link the Spanish territories of Milan and the Spanish Netherlands (painted by Vicente Carducho).

Gómez Suárez de Figueroa y Córdoba, 3rd Duke of Feria (September 1, 1587 – 1634) was a Spanish nobleman, diplomat and army commander during the 17th century.

Life and career[edit]

He was the son of Lorenzo Suárez de Figueroa y Córdoba, who he succeeded in 1607 as third Duke of Feria and second Marquis of Villalba (1604–1634). His mother was his father's third wife.

Don Gómez was known as the Gran Duque de Feria for his military skills. He can be considered as one of the last able military commanders of the Spanish Empire. He was also Viceroy of Valencia, Viceroy of Catalonia, Governor of Milan, state councilor, and special ambassador to Rome and France. He died in 1634 in Munich from typhoid.

He first married Francisca Cardona y Córdoba, and later Ana Fernández de Córdoba y Figueroa, who gave him a son, Gaspar Lorenzo Suárez de Figueroa y Córdoba (1629–1634). He became the fourth Duke of Feria and third Marquis of Villalba (1634), after the death of his father and grandfather. The boy died in the same year at the age of five. The title went to the boy's maternal grandfather, the Marquis of Priego.


Government offices
Preceded by
The Marquis of Caracena
Viceroy of Valencia
1615–1618
Succeeded by
The Marquis of Tavara
Preceded by
The Marquis of Villafranca
Governor of the Duchy of Milan
1618–1625
Succeeded by
Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba
Preceded by
The Bishop of Solsona
Viceroy of Catalonia
1629–1630
Succeeded by
Enrique de Aragón
Preceded by
The Marquis of Santa Cruz
Governor of the Duchy of Milan
1631–1633
Succeeded by
The Cardinal-Infante
Spanish nobility
Preceded by
Lorenzo Suárez de Figueroa
Duke of Feria
1607–1634
Succeeded by
Gaspar Suárez de Figueroa
Marquis of Villalba
1604–1634

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