Juan Fernandez Pacheco, 5th Duke of Escalona

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Don Juan Fernández Pacheco, (20 December 1563, Escalona, Spain – 5 May 1615, Escalona, Spain), 5th Duke of Escalona, 5th Marquis of Villena and 5th Count of Xiquena was a Spanish nobleman and, between 1607 and 1610, viceroy of Sicily.

He was the son of Don Francisco Pacheco, 4th Duke of Escalona (1532-1574) and Juana Alvarez de Toledo.

In 1589, he was made a knight in the Order of the Golden Fleece. He was Spanish ambassador in Rome between 1603 and 1606, then made viceroy of Sicily between 1607 and 1610.

Marriage and children[edit]

He married in 1594 with Serafina de Portugal Bragança (1566-1604), daughter of John I, 6th Duke of Braganza. They had 10 children, seven of whom reached adulthood:

  1. Diego Antonio (1594-1616), died in captivity in Istambul.
  2. Felipe Juan Baltasar (1596-1633), 6th Duke of Escalona .
  3. Diego Roque (1599-1653), 7th Duke of Escalona .
  4. Cecilia (1603-1622)
  5. Juan Francisco (1606-1663), Bishop of Cuenca, Bishop of Cordoba.
  6. María, abbess.


Dukes of Escalona