Carlos III (Bourbon) de Borbón y Farnese

Carlos (Bourbon) de Borbón y Farnese (1716 - 1788)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Carlos (Carlos III) "Rey de España" de Borbón y Farnese formerly Bourbon aka de España
Born in Real Alcázar de Madrid, Madrid, Españamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about in Dresden Castle, Dresden, Free State of Saxony, Germanymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Palacio Real de Madrid, Madrid, Españamap
Profile last modified | Created 22 May 2013
This page has been accessed 676 times.

Categories: House of Bourbon | Spanish Nobility | House of Capet.

European Aristocracy
Carlos III (Bourbon) de Borbón y Farnese was a member of aristocracy in Europe.
Join: European Royals and Aristocrats Project
Discuss: euroaristo


Charles III (Spanish: Carlos; Italian: Carlo; 20 January 1716 – 14 December 1788) was the King of Spain and the Spanish Indies from 1759 to 1788. He was the fifth son of Philip V of Spain, but eldest by his second wife, Elisabeth Farnese. In 1731, the 15-year-old Charles became the Duke of Parma and Piacenza, as Charles I, on the death of his childless granduncle Antonio Farnese.

In 1734, as Duke of Parma, he conquered the kingdoms of Naples and of Sicily, and was crowned king on 3 July 1735, reigning as Charles VII of Naples and Charles V of Sicily. In 1738 he married Princess Maria Amalia of Saxony, an educated, cultured woman who gave birth to 13 children, eight of whom reached adulthood. Charles and Maria Amalia resided in Naples for 19 years; she died in 1760.

Upon succeeding to the Spanish throne on 10 August 1759, Charles, a proponent of enlightened absolutism, on 6 October 1759 abdicated the Neapolitan and Sicilian thrones in favour of Ferdinand, his third surviving son, who became Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies.

As king of Spain Charles III tried to rescue his empire from decay through far-reaching reforms such as weakening the Church and its monasteries, promoting science and university research, facilitating trade and commerce, modernizing agriculture and avoiding wars. He never achieved satisfactory control over finances, and was obliged to borrow to meet expenses. His reforms proved short-lived and Spain relapsed after his death, but his legacy lives on to this day.[1]

Historian Stanley Payne states Charles III:

"was probably the most successful European ruler of his generation. He had provided firm, consistent, intelligent leadership. He had chosen capable ministers....[his] personal life had won the respect of the people."


More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Searching for someone else?
First: Last:

DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Carlos III by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA test-takers in his direct paternal line. Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Images: 3
Carlos Bourbon Image 1
Carlos Bourbon Image 1

Charles III Bourbon Image 1
Charles III Bourbon Image 1

Coat of Arms of Spanish Monarch (Official)
Coat of Arms of Spanish Monarch (Official)

  • Login to edit this profile.
  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: John Atkinson and Rob Schnautz. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
  • Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
  • Public Q&A: These will appear above and in the Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. (Best for anything directed to the wider genealogy community.)

On 23 Mar 2017 at 21:19 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:

De Borbón-3 and Bourbon-69 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate

On 2 Oct 2014 at 23:27 GMT N (Sweet) S wrote:

Bourbon-69 and Bourbon-138 appear to represent the same person because: These are the same person.

Carlos III is 22 degrees from Sharon Caldwell, 20 degrees from Burl Ives and 6 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

B  >  Bourbon  |  D  >  de Borbón y Farnese  >  Carlos (Bourbon) de Borbón y Farnese