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Fernando de Silva, 12th Duke of Alba

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Noble family  House of Alba
Name  Fernando Silva,
Fernando de Silva, 12th Duke of Alba
Spouse(s)  Ana Maria Alvarez de Toledo
Died  November 15, 1776, Madrid, Spain
Children  Francisco de Silva, 10th Duke of Huescar

Fernando de Silva Mendoza y Toledo, 12th Duke of Alba, Grandee of Spain (27 October 1714 – 15 November 1776), was a Spanish politician and general.



Better known as the Duke of Huescar, Fernando de Silva was a man of the Enlightenment and friend of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He was Spanish ambassador to France between 1746 and 1749. On November 8, 1753 he was appointed Mayordomo mayor and chief of the Royal Household and, on April 9, 1754 he was made director of the Real Academia Espanola, a function he held until his death in 1776.

He was also Prime Minister of Spain between April 9 and May 15, 1754. As Duke of Alba, he was succeeded by his granddaughter Maria del Pilar de Silva, 13th Duchess of Alba, who was a friend of Francisco de Goya, who visited their villa on several occasions and painted there in 1786 El verano and La vendimia.


He had married Ana Maria Alvarez de Toledo y de Portugal, (1710–1738), daughter of the 9th Count of Oropesa. They had one son, who pre-deceased his father:

  • Francisco de Paula de Silva Mendoza y Toledo, 10th Duke of Huescar, (1733–1770) who had one daughter.
  • Maria del Pilar de Silva, 13th Duchess of Alba (1762–1802).
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