João de Sousa, 3rd Marquis of Minas

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João de Sousa
Marquis of Minas, Count of Prado
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Marquis of Minas
Full name
João de Sousa
Born 29 December 1666
Viana do Castelo, Kingdom of Portugal
Died 17 September 1722
Noble family de Sousa
Spouse(s) Françoise Madeleine de Neufville
António Caetano Luís de Sousa,4th Marquis of Minas
Maria Tereza de Sousa
Father António Luís de Sousa, 2nd Marquis of Minas
Mother Maria Madalena de Noronha

João de Sousa, 3rd Marquis of Minas (Viana do Castelo; 29 December 1666 - murdered on 17 September 1722) was a Portuguese nobleman. He was also the 6th Count of Prado.


João de Sousa was born in Viana do Castelo on December 29, 1666 to António Luís de Sousa, 2nd Marquis of Minas, and Maria Madalena de Noronha.

In 1694, together with Pedro Manuel de Ataíde, he had a conflict with the Corregedor of Bairro Alto, which resulted in the death of the Corregedor. Both young men fled to France, where they came under the protection of François de Neufville, duc de Villeroi and fought in his army.

After being pardoned by the King of Portugal in 1704, he returned to his home country and served under his father during the War of Spanish Succession and eventually reached the rank of Lieutenant General of Cavalry.

On January 14, 1714 he was made a gentleman of the chambers King John V of Portugal.

He was made a member of the Royal Council of War on October 26, 1714.

He was a commander in the Order of Christ.