Social Victorians/People/Alva

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Fitz-James Stuart
  • Carlos María Fitz-James Stuart, 16th Duke of Alba
  • 16° Duque de Alba de Tormes
  • Duke of Alba
  • Duke of Alva
  • Duke of Berwick also at the end of the 19th century

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: Spanish

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Carlos María Fitz-James Stuart y Palafox, 16th Duke of Alba (December 4, 1849 – October 15, 1901)[1]
  • Maria del Rosario (3 October 1854 – 27 March 1904)
  1. Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Falcó, 17th Duke of Alba de Tormes (17 October 1878 – 24 September 1953)
  2. Eugenia Sol María del Pilar, married the Duke of Santoña; Lady-in-waiting of Queen Victoria Eugenia
  3. Hernando Fitz-James Stuart, 14th Duke of Peñaranda de Duero

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Organizations[edit | edit source]

  • Ambassador from Spain in Brussels (1872–1878)[2]
  • Ambassador from Spain in St. Petersburg (1878–1885)[2]
  • Diplomat in Istanbul (1887–1894)[2]
  • Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro,[3] one of the founders (1895–1901)

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1897 July 2, the Duke of Alva attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House, as did a Lord Alva, possibly his son.

Costume at the Duchess of Devonshire's 2 July 1897 Fancy-dress Ball[edit | edit source]

At the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball, Carlos, 16th Duke of Alba, called Duke of Alva in the newspapers, (at 32 on the list of people who attended)

  • was dressed "As his ancestor at the Court of Philip II. of Spain; copied from an old picture. In black."[4]:7, Col. 7B
  • "went as his ancestor."[5]:6, Col. 1B
  • "went as his ancestor."[6]:6, Col. 1B
  • "as his ancestor at the Court of Philip II. of Spain, copied from an old picture."[7]

Possibly his son Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Falcó (17th Duke of Alba de Tormes) "Lord Alva" (at 405 on the list of people who attended) was there,

  • "as a courtier of Louis XV., wore pale blue satin ornamented with gold, and a hat with white plumes."[5]:6, Col. 1B
  • "as a courtier of Louis XV., wore pale blue satin ornamented with gold, and a hat with white plumes."[6]:6, Col. 1B

Was the Duke's wife present but not mentioned?

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Carlos Maria Isabel FitzJames-Stuart y Portocarrero-Palafox, 16° Duque de Alba de Tormes." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Carlos María Fitz-James Stuart, 16th Duke of Alba". Wikipedia. 2020-07-20. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Carlos_Mar%C3%ADa_Fitz-James_Stuart,_16th_Duke_of_Alba&oldid=968611541. 
  3. "Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro". Wikipedia. 2020-09-22. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Real_Club_de_la_Puerta_de_Hierro&oldid=979709578. 
  4. "Fancy Dress Ball at Devonshire House." Morning Post Saturday 3 July 1897: 7 [of 12], Col. 4A–8 Col. 2B. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970703/054/0007.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Ball. A Brilliant Spectacle. Some of the Dresses." London Daily News Saturday 3 July 1897: 5 [of 10], Col. 6A–6, Col. 1B. British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18970703/024/0005 and http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000051/18970703/024/0006.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "The Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Dress Ball. Special Telegram." Belfast News-Letter Saturday 03 July 1897: 5 [of 8], Col. 9 [of 9]. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000038/18970703/015/0005.
  7. "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1A–4C The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.