||Maria (Braganza) Bourbon was a member of aristocracy in Europe.|
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On 22 September 1816 when she was sixteen years old she was married to her mother's brother, the Infante Carlos Maria Isidro of Spain, "Count of Molina". This was an avunculate marriage and as such would have needed a dispensation from the Pope. She bore him three children, Carlos, Count of Montemolin in 1818, Juan, Count of Montizón in 1822 and the Infante Fernando in 1824.
Carlos' brother, Ferdinand VII of Spain, died on 29 September 1833, leaving as his heir the Infanta María Isabel Luisa then aged just three years old. The law of the Salian Franks, which barred women from inheriting had been introduced from France into Spain by the first Bourbon Kings and Carlos refused to accept the accession of his niece, leading to the Carlist wars in Spain. Forced to flee with his family first to Portugal and then to England they found refuge in the Anglican Rectory of St Mary in Alverstoke in Hampshire. Carlos returned to Spain in July 1834 and Maria died at the Rectory on 4 September. Thousands of people are known to have visited the Rectory to pay their respects.
As a temporary measure Maria was interred in the Catholic Chapel in Middle Street, (now the High St) in Gosport, the small fortified town in the Parish of Alverstoke. There she remained even as the new church was built around the chapel. Maria's remains were transferred in 1885 to Trieste where her husband was buried. 
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