Louis of Portugal, Duke of Beja

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Louis of Portugal
Duke of Beja
Portrait of Infante Luis, Duke of Beja, Belem Collection.JPG
Issue António, Prior of Crato
House House of Aviz
Father Manuel I of Portugal
Mother Maria of Aragon
Born Abrantes, Kingdom of Portugal
Died Marvila, Kingdom of Portugal
Religion Roman Catholicism

Louis of Portugal, Duke of Beja (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiʃ]; Portuguese: Luis) (Abrantes, 3 March 1506 — Marvila, in Lisbon, 27 November 1555) was the second son of King Manuel I of Portugal and his second wife Maria of Aragon (the third daughter of the Catholic Monarchs), and therefore a Portuguese infante (prince).

Early life[edit]

Prince Louis from the Triptych of the Infantes; by the Master of Lourinhã, 1516.

Louis succeeded his father as the Duke of Beja and was also made Constable of the Kingdom (Portuguese: Condestável do Reino) and Prior of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, with its Portuguese headquarters in the town of Crato.


He did not marry but had a natural son by Yolande (Violante) Gomes, a Pelicana (the she-pelican), a New Christian, who is said to have died a Nun in Almoster, Santarém, on 16 July 1568, daughter of Pedro Gomes, from Évora. Some say they eventually married perhaps at Évora, thus legitimating their issue for every purpose.

Their son António, Prior of Crato, would be one of the claimants to the throne after the disaster of Alcácer Quibir and subsequent death of King Sebastian of Portugal and the dynastic crisis that followed, and, according to some historians, the King of Portugal for approximately a month in the year 1580.

They may have also had other sons named Joanes and Juan Gomez De Portugal (1536-1610), who the latter would become one of the founders of Nueva Galicia.


See also[edit]


”Nobreza de Portugal e do Brasil” – Vol. I, pages 382/384. Published by Zairol Lda., Lisbon 1989.