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Appointments to these nominally, vice-regal offices were limited to six members of the Maltese Nobility for whom the yearly appointments were first created by Governor Thomas MAITLAND.
The six offices were abolished in 1839 and the powers merged with those of the local magistrates of police.
Most of the appointees' male lines are today extinct, these are:
(1) The Count Romualdo BARBARO (extinct),
(2) The Marquis Giuseppe TESTAFERRATA VIANI (extinct): he had resigned in favour of his son Gilberto;
(3) The Baron Pietro Paolo TESTAFERRATA (not extinct - there are still descendants in the male line): he had died in office;
(4) The Knight (Sir) Pietro Paolo PARISIO MOSCATI (extinct),
(5) The Baron Pasquale SCEBERRAS TRIGONA (not extinct - there are still descendants in the male line),
(6) The Count Baldassare SANT(not extinct - there are still descendants in the male line),
(7) The Knight (Sir) Giuseppe Vincenzo TESTAFERRATA (extinct), and
(8) The Marquis Gilberto TESTAFERRATA VIANI (extinct).
Long after the appointees died, a Royal Commission made up of two local judges (Naudi and Pullicino), writing in 1877, denied any particular importance to Malta's nobility was previously given by the Local Government; and went as far as saying these appointments could have no importance on establishing the (deceased) appointees' right to bear titles.
The reasons and renewals of these appointments remain curious because little is said about them in later books about Maltese History.
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