Ferdinand of Bourbon

Duke of Parma and Piacenza, Ferdinand of Bourbon was born in Parma in 1751 and died in Badia di Fontevivo, near Parma, in 1802

Ferdinando I di Borbone


The son of Duke Philip and Louise Elisabeth of France, Ferdinand of Bourbon became Duke of Parma when his father died in 1765, under the regency of Du Tillot.
In 1769 he married Maria Amalia, who forced minister Du Tillot to abandon the Duchy in 1771, not approving his bold reforms and support of French politics.

During the following years Ferdinand was forced to face the consequences of the French revolution,  ending up in 1801 Ferdinando, after the agreement between Napoleon and Spain, to give up the Duchy to the French Republic in change of the Great Duchy of Tuscany.
He died the following year in the abbey of Fontevivo, probably poisoned.