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Alessandro Farnese (January 10, 1635 — Madrid, February 18, 1689) was Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands from 1678 until 1682.

Not to be confused with his better known great-grandfather Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma. This Alessandro was often called Alessandro di Odoardo (son of Odoardo).

His title was Prince of Parma. His elder brother Ranuccio II was the sixth Duke of Parma and Piacenza .


He was born in Parma, the second son of Odoardo Farnese, fifth Duke of Parma, and Margherita de Medici.

He was general in the army of Venice, fighting the Turks and later admiral in the Spanish Navy.

He became governor of the Southern Netherlands after the Franco-Dutch war, which was mainly fought on its territory , but in which Spain had played no part.

By his mistress Maria Lao y Carillo had has the following children:

  • Alessandro Odoardo (Badajoz, 12 April 1663 – Cacéres, 21 mei 1666)
  • Alessandro Maria (Badajoz, 30 oktober 1664 – 28 September 1726), Colonel in Spanish army
  • Margherita (Badajoz, 5 juni 1665 – Parma, November 1718), nun in Parma
  • Isabella (Badajoz, 19 September 1666 – Parma, 27 December 1741), nun in Parma
Preceded by
Carlos de Gurrea, Duke of Villahermosa
Governor of the Spanish Netherlands
Succeeded by
Otto Henry, Marquis of Caretto


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