"Libro d'Oro di Melita"
"Counts Bianco (Bianchi) including "Most Illustrious" and "Noble" (1741) in regard to Ludovico Biancho (Bianchi)"
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Merchant di Vino of Senglea, Malta, married to
Teresa Casha, with issue
1. Mgr. Alessandro Bianco, 'Prelat of the Court of Rome. Created 1728, Conte in the Papal States, with permission to have his brother able to use such title., died 1768 in Rome and buried in the Church of San Luigi de Francesi..
2. Ludovico Bianco, Conte 1728. (Created ?Most Ilustrious and Noble? See footnotes below), (died 1775 in Ancona, Italy), married Ubaldesca Dingli, (Daughter of Salvatore Dingli), with issue.
2.1. Conte Gaetano Bianchi, 'Secreto to Grand Master of Malta'., dunm 1777.
2.2. Conte Francesco Bianchi, married Angelica Moscati dei Marchesi di Xrobb-il-Ghagin., dsp.
2.2.1. (illegitimate) Ubaldesca Bianchi, (1780-), married 1799 to Giuseppe Preziosi.
3. Salvatore Bianco (died in Malta unm 1776).
4. Chiara Bianco, 'Nun'.
5. Pelazia Bianco, 'Nun'.
Footnote#1: Owing to a great abuse which had crept in, of notaries and lawyers giving the style of Nobile and Illustrissimo to many persons indiscriminately in public documents, the Grand Master de Vilhena issued a Pragmatic in the year 1725 in which he criminalized such unauthorized use. A copy verbatim of the Pragmatic dated 30th April 1725 is found in the sub-Enclosure in Enclosure No. 3 in the letter from Governor Simmons to The Earl of Derby dated 28 October 1884 which is published in Copies or Extracts of Correspondence with reference to the Maltese Nobility (In Continuation of C-3812) presented to the House of Lords by Command of Her Majesty, May 1886.
Footnote#2: In the said copy verbatim, there is what appears to be an exhaustive list of the persons who at different times received from the said Grandmaster and his successors, an exception from the aforesaid pragmatic, thereby allowing them the right to use the styles of Most Illustrious and Noble, namely: (1) Milite Barone Marc' Antonio Inguanez (See Djar il-Bniet) and his wife Baronessa Inguanez (See Gomerino) (30 April 1725); (2) Barone di Cicciano Fabritio Testaferrata (See: Castel Cicciano) and his mother the Baronessa di Gomerino Beatrice Cassia Testaferrata (See Gomerino), (11 May 1725), (3) Marchese di San Vincenzo Ferreri Mario Testaferrata (See: San Vincenzo Ferreri) (9 July 1725), (4) Carlo Falson (See Falson), and Eleanora Testaferrata (See: Capo di Ferro) (13 June 1726), (5) Barone di San Marciano Diego Galea Feriolo (See: San Marciano), (2 September 1726), (6) Barone Gio Pio De Piro (See De Piro) (19 March 1727), (7) Canon Giuseppe di Costanzo (See Paganica), and Donna Rosa (See De Noto),widow of Gio Battista di Costanzo (24 May 1729), (8) Barone Isidoro Viani (See: Tabria), (27 June 1730), (9) D. Vincenzo Platamone (See Platamone),and Antonio Bonnici (??), (10) Baldassare Bonnici (13 January 1732), (11) Calcerano Mompalao (See: Mompalao)), Giuseppe and Caterina Cuschieri (See: Frigenuini) (6 March 1732), (12) Barone Saverio Gatt (See: Benwarrad) (23 August 1737), (13) Signor Ludovico Bianchi (See: Bianchi) (25 October 1741), (14) Dr. Ugolino Bonnici (5 September 1794), (15) Dr. Saverio Crispo (See: Crispo) (??)
Footnote#3: These exceptions form the basis of the (only) argument which was brought before the 1878 Commissioners to prove that the titles of Djar il-Bniet and Buqana, Castel Cicciano and San Vincenzo Ferreri were recognized by the Government of the Order of Saint John in Malta thereby satisfying the criteria for recognition .
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