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Fernando Girón de Salcedo y Briviesca
Primer Marqués de Sofraga
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Don Fernando is seated, because his gout prevented him from standing.[1]
Born 1562
Died September 6, 1630
Place of birth Talavera de la Reina, Castile
Place of death Talavera de la Reina
Allegiance Spain Spanish Empire
Spouse(s) single
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Don Fernando Girón de Salcedo y Briviesca, First Marques of Sofraga, born 1562, died 1630, Bailiff of the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, a member of the Spanish Council of State and of the Supreme Council of War, Ambassador to France, and Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to Philip III and Philip IV of Spain.[2]


Don Fernando Girón served as captain in the Army of Flanders, as maestro de campo of the Navy of the Ocean, and castellan of Jaca in Aragon. In 1608 he became a member of the supreme council of war.[3] He served as an ambassador to France 1618-1620.[4] Back from France, he resumed his duties as counsellor of war, and became a member of the council of state in 1622.[3] As governor he successfully defended Cádiz against the English in 1625, which led him to be immortalized in a painting of Francisco de Zurbaran, The Defense of Cadiz against the English.[1][5] In 1626 the King made him the first marquess of Sofraga, for his services to the Realm and to His Majesty personally.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Blue 2013, pp. 112-113.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gálvez-Cañero 1963.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Williams 2001, p. 9.
  4. Alain 2004, p. 191.
  5. Fernández Duro 1895-1903, vol. 4, pp. 69-79, 96.

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