Don Francisco del Castillo Fajardo, marqués de Villadarias

16 - 17

Villadarias background

Villadarias under Felipe V

Villadarias a general

Villadariasas during the Spanish Succession War

In 1702 an Anglo-Dutch army landed near Cadiz. Villadarias was able to force back this invasion with only the aid of some cavalry and the local militia and thereby gained a lot of praise and fame1. It was probably this success that induced Felipe V to order Villadarias to besiege Gibraltar. This assignment would prove very difficult because most of Villadarias' forces consisted of troops scraped together from all over the kingdom and the artillery support was rather minimal.


Service record


This page is mainly based on. For those that read Spanish see: Marquis Villadarias


1) Historia del último sitio de Gibraltar por D. Joaquín Santa María