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The Noble Family of Episcopu

This family is listed as a noble family in “Descrittione di Malta” (1647). Moreover this family was later to be granted the title of Conte di Mont’ Alto together with the fief of that name (1720) in the Duchy of Parma.

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“Giovanni d’Episcopu f’ Giurato nel 1503.” (From Abela’s “Della Descrittione di Malta del Commendatore Abela” (1647))




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 * Culairo dello Episcopo, married to Clara Amodeo, with issue.

1. Giovanni dello Episcopo, married (c. 1610) to Giulia Formosa, with issue.

1.1. Gio Martino dello Episcopo, married (1) 1636 Luqa to Clemenza Ellul, married (2) 1653 Birgu to Giacoba Abela, with issue.

1.1.1. (Second Marriage) Domenico dello Episcopo (Migrated to Gozo), married 1694 Zebbug Gozo to Maria Agius, with issue. Giuseppe Piscopo, married 1726 Gharb Gozo to Anna Maria Grima, with issue. Gio Maria Piscopo, married 1749 Gharb Gozo to Modesta Galea, with issue. Maruzzo Piscopo, married 1788 Gharb Gozo to Rosa Vassallo, with issue. Paola Piscopo, married 1814 Zejtun to Angelo Desira.
1.1.2. (Second Marriage) Gio Paolo Maria Piscopo, married 1702 Senglea to Pasqua Corveri, with issue. Giuseppe Piscopo, married 1734 Mosta to Battistina Abejer, with issue. Giovanni Piscopo, married 1759 Mosta to Evangelista Borg, with issue. Teresa Piscopo, married 1786 Mosta to Giuseppe Zahra.

2. Geronimo dello Episcopo, married Giovanella Gafa, with issue
2.1. Dr. Gio Paolo Piscopo JUD, married (1) 1624 to Attilia Macedonia Infantino, Married (2) 1655 to Maria Cassar, with issue.
2.1.1. (First Marriage) Dr. Bernardo Piscopo, 1st Count of Mont'Alto - See Below.
2.1.2. Fra. Signorino Piscopo.
2.1.3. Geronimo Piscopo, 'Canon'.
2.2. Francesco Piscopo, 'Priest', died 1680..
2.3. Bernardo Piscopo, died 1691. Married (1) 1627 Valletta to Chiara Romano, Married (2) Ninfa Mallia, with issue.

2.4. Alessandro Salvatore Piscopo, married 1627 Valletta to Caterina Casha, with issue.

2.4.1. Battista Piscopo, married 1678 Cospicua to Domenichella Zammit, with issue. Grazio Piscopo, married 1702 Cospicua to Imperia Faille, with issue. Giuseppe Gio Battista Piscopo, married 1729 Cospicua to Margherita Camilleri, with issue. Maria Piscopo, married 1773 Senglea to Giuseppe Busietta.


* Dr Gio Paolo Piscopo, JUD. (Born 1605), married Firstly in 1624 to Attilia Macedonia-Infantino, Married Secondly to Maria Cassar, with issue.

1. (First Marriage) Dr Bernardo Piscopo Macedonia, JUD, 1st Count - See Below.
2. (Second Marriage) Maria Piscopo Cassar, Married 1680 to Giuseppe Manduca, Hereditary Knight of the Holy Roman Empire., with issue

* Dr Bernardo Piscopo Macedonia, JUD. 1st Count of Mont'Alto, (Cr:1720-Duchy of Parma), (registered on the 2 September 1721 (Ref. AOM 525, f. 111r-112r, see footnote), Married Firstly in 1668 to Marghertia Cassar, and dsp. Married Secondly in 1687 to Maddalena Cassar, and dspl.
Had an issue, including from Mistress

1. (First Marriage) Attlia Piscopo Macedonia, d.inf.
2. (illegitimate from Lady Eleanore Dudley) Rosa Alunna dell d'Espedali, married 1713 Siggiewi to Salvatore Caruana.



Footnote#1:  The title of Conte di Mont Alto in the Duchy of Parma, was, together with the fief of Monte Alto, conferred at the grantee’s request, by Francis I (Farnese), Duke of Parma, upon Bernardo Piscopo, by a Rescript given at Piacenza on the 8th July 1720.)The grantee did not have any (legitimate) issue, so he made another request to the Duke of Parma, in order that he be granted “the power of disposing of the fief in favour of Felice Manduca Piscopo, his grand-nephew, or of one of the brothers of the said Felice, and so in favour of such of them as Bernardo might designate his heir, and of his legitimate and natural male children and descendants from a real and lawful wedlock issuing in infinitum, according to the order of primogeniture, or in such any other manner as petitioner might prefer to dispose thereof, so that in case he should die without issue as aforesaid, the above-mentioned fief, with the title of Count, with its jurisdictions, power of the sword, and its merum and mixtum imperium ..should be vested in the aforesaid Manduca, or in such of his brothers as the petitioner might nominate to be his heir, in the same manner and form as if the latter were expressly included and designated in the said grant and investiture, and this (he requested) in order that in the family of his said grand-nephews, that is of such of them as might be his heir, the glorious token of a perpetual vassalage to the Most Serene dynasty of your Highness might always be preserved in its lustre”. See: 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.)  The grant of the title and the fief was registered on the 2 September 1721 (Ref. AOM 525, f. 111r-112r)

Footnote#2:  Bernardo moreover asked that should the Duke grant him the power of disposing of the said fief as requested, then that the person so nominated be declared as having been invested with the said fief of Monte Alto and with a title of Conte, as if the person so nominated had been within the original vocation of the grant. Bernardo made a third demand, namely that the Duke allows him to create on that fief a regular and lineal Primogenitura, in favour of the legitimate and natural first-born descendants in infinitum of the person so nominated. On the foregoing petition, the Duke issued the following rescript: Concedimus investimus, mandamus, declaramus, approbamus, et derogamus in omnibus et per omnia ut petit. Et non obstantibus (Dat. Comitii, die 19 Mensis 7 bris anni 1724, Franciscus Dux. It appears that in his solemn testament received in the acts of Notary Tommaso Vella, on the 9th March 1725, Bernardo nominated his grand nephew Felice Manduca. See: 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.) The extension dated 1724 was registered in Malta on the 14 July 1744 (Ref. AOM 548, f. 161v)





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