José I, King of Portugal

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José I, King of Portugal Gender: M
José Francisco António Inácio Norberto Agostinho
born on 6 June 1714 at 22:00 (= 10:00 PM )
Place Lisbon, Portugal, 38n43, 9w08
Timezone LMT m9w08 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 15°40' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 08°16 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 24°53'

King of Portugal José I (by Miguel António do Amaral)


King of Portugal and the Algarves from 31 July 1750 until his death on 24 February 1777. Known as "the Reformer" (Portuguese: "o Reformador"), he was the third child of King Joao (John) V of Portugal and his wife Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria. José (Joseph) was styled Prince of Brazil as the heir apparent of the king, and Duke of Braganza.

José was devoted to hunting and the opera, and he assembled one of the greatest collections of operatic scores in Europe. On 19 January 1729, he married a Spanish Infanta, Mariana Victoria of Spain, daughter of Philip V of Spain. They had four daughters.

During José's reign the great Lisbon earthquake of 1 November 1755 killed around 100,000 people. The earthquake caused José to develop a severe case of claustrophobia and he was never again comfortable living within a walled building. Consequently, he moved the royal court to an extensive complex of tents in the hills of Ajuda.

José died 24 February 1777 aged 62.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Elementos para a historia do municipio de Lisboa, Volume 11" by Eduardo Freire de Oliveira and A. Esteves Rodrigues da Silva (Typographia universal, 1901), p. 61: "O infante D. José que succedeu no throno a D. João v, nasceu no palacio real da Ribeira da Cidade na acarta feira, 6 de junho de 1714, pelas 10 horas da noite."

Translation: Prince José, who succeeded João v to the throne, was born in the Ribeira royal palace on Monday, 6 June 1714 at 10 o'clock at night.


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Phobias (Claustrophobia)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Braganza)