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The Messinese Patricanship of Stagno The dignity of Patrician of Messina (Muscati Falsone/Stagno (??), origins unknown)
Footnote: A ‘Dignity of Venetian Patrician’ was claimed in 1878.
In 1878, this dignity was claimed by the Conte Antonio Stagno Navarra Muscati.
In this case, it appears that the claimant did not only not even present any documents in proof of his claim, but did not even indicate a date when this was supposedly granted. The claim was dismissed altogether by the Commissioners. (‘Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility’, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.) (See Report Paras. 35-36)). Moreover, elsewhere in the Report, the same Royal Commissioners dismissed similar patriciates of Messina because the same Commissioners held that this dignity was a mere municipal honour and not one emanating from a foreign sovereign, or fons honorum. (‘Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the claims and grievances of the Maltese Nobility’, May 1878, presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty (C.-2033.) (See Report Paras. 237-240)).
Thus, as far as the Commissioners were concerned, once they regarded this dignity as a municipal honour, it did not fall within the remit of the Commission because the Commissioners were of the opinion that once it is a municipal honour it does not qualify to be registered in accordance with the rules of 1739 and 1795 as enacted by Grand Masters Despuig and Rohan.
The actual report says the following:
“The claimant in the committee list is also styled ‘Patrizio Messinese’ and ‘Conte di Casandola’, which latter title is presumed to have been granted by Charles II, King of Spain and Sicily, on the 6th January 1685. The date of the title of ‘Patrizio Messinese’ is not specified in the list, and no proof of the existence of either of these titles having been made by the Procurator of Conte Stagno, we must conclude that the claimant has failed to establish his right to those dignities”
However, upon a more detailed analysis about the nature of this dignity, it appears that contrary to what was held by the Commissioners, that the dignity claimed is in fact a conferral of nobility because the city of Messina acted as a fons honorum (fountain of honour). See also http://cilialacorte.com/Patriciates.htm.
Sadly, from a reading of the Report, there is no indication as to who was the original grantee of the dignity claimed by Stagno Navarra Muscati.
Updated January 2007