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"Barons of Castel Cicciano (Following Royal assent of 1695 in favour of Fabrizio Testaferrata and his descendants)"

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* Francesco Mego of Rhodes Island, (Arrived with the Knights to Malta c. 1530), Auditor and Vice Chancellor of the Order of St John of Malta, (Died 1572) "1st" Baron di Castel Cicciano of Naples,  married to Nobile Petruzza Gualtieri di Cornelio, with issue

1. Gio Antonio Mego, 2nd Baron-See Below.
2. Paola Mego, "Nun", dunm.

3. Agostino Mego, Knight of the Order of St John.

4. Dionisa Mego, married to Nobile Gaspare Santa Maura, with issue.

4.1. Nobile Giacomo Santa Maura, married (1) 1574 Valletta to Caterina Caloriti, married (2) to Aloisea Famigliomaia, with issue.

4.1.1. Second Marriage) Nobile Pietro Paolo Santa Maura, married to Cristina Bisbili, with issue. (illegitimate with Isabella Alunna di Noblis Lorenzo Sayd) Mco Gio Battista Santa Maura, married (1) 1622 Valletta to Lorenza Fighera, married (2) 1629 Valletta to Caterina Zinheir Busa, married (3) 1678 Valletta to Speranza Pace, with issue. Cesare Aloiseo Santa Maura, married 1654 Valletta to Dorotea Sommaripa, with issue. Lorenzo Santa Maura, Abbott. Stanistao Santa Maura, Abbott. Elizabetta Santa Maura, married 1658 Valletta to Francesco Barbara. Teresa Santa Maura, married 1662 Valletta to Giuseppe Muscat. (illegitimate) Antonio Santa Maura, married to Speranza N, with issue. Maria Santa Maura, married 1666 Valletta to Agostino Grech. Clara Santa Maura, married 1672 Valletta to Domenico Azzopardi. (Marriage) Nobile Mco Giacomo Santa Maura, married 1629 Valletta to Anna Risto, with issue. Nobile Flaminea Santa Maura, married 1650 Valletta to Dr Didaco Talavera JUD. Nobile Vittoria Santa Maura, married 1651 Vittoriosa to Nicola de Milo. Nobile Dionisa Santa Maura, married 1625 Valletta to Nobile Ersamo d'Alagona. Nobile Veronica Santa Maura, married 1646 Valletta to Jacques Dulcis. Nobile Sevastulla Santa Maura, married 1656 Vittoriosa to Michele Fraleschatti. Nobile Agostino Santa Maura, married (1) 1640 Valletta to Grazia Prevost, married (2) 1655 Valletta to Laura d'Armenia, with issue. (First Marriage) Nobile Maria Santa Maura, married 1658 Valletta to Alfonso Desclaus, English Consul in Malta (r 1660-1706), with issue. Nobile Giovanni Giacomo Desclaus, married 1704 Valletta to Rosa Maria Muxi. (Second Marriage) Nobile Giovanna Santa Maura, married 1688 Valletta to Gio Battista Fardella, with issue. Anna Maria Fardella, married (1) 1681 Valletta to Gio Domenico Carbone, married (2) 1707 Valletta to Rafaele d'Alessandri. Nobile Aloisetta Santa Maura, married 1626 Valletta to Mco Pietro de Leonardis. Nobile Caterina Santa Maura, married 1638 Valletta to Ludovico Grima.

4.2. Nobile Agostino Santa Maura, "Priest".

4.3. Nobile Beatrice Santa Maura, Nun.

4.4. Nobile Giovanni Santa Maura, Abbott.

4.5. Nobile Petruzza Santa Maura, Nun.

5. Geronima Mego, married to Michele Geronimo Cadamusta of Syracusa.

* Don Gio Antonio Mego,(died 1580) "2nd" Baron of Castel Cicciano, 'Priest', dunm .

 (Picture shows an old entry recording the transfer ("Donatio seu venditio") by Gio Antonio Mego of the Barony of Cicciano "ac mero ac mixto Imperio" unto Xerri  in the acts of Notary Joseph Mamo of the 22 August 1580)


(Click Here for the Genealogy of Scerri/Xerri).


Footnote#1: Fabrizio Testaferrata was one of the very first recipients of the right to Illustrissimo e Nobile. 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. 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 #2: The title of Barone di Castel Cicciano was enjoyed in 1695 by Beatrice Cassia wife of Paolo Testaferrata, and before that year, by her ancestors. Beatrice Testaferrata transferred this title unto her son Fabrizio Testaferrata by means of a private transaction by a deed of donation stipulated before notary Benedetto Vassallo, on the 8th February 1695. Royal assent from the relative foreign sovereign was however achieved some months later and the transaction was therefore legitimated. The said assent was entered on the 28th September of the same year was entered in quinternionibus Regiae Camerae, in virtue of a decree of the 13th September 1695. There is no exact date of creation of the title prior to 1695. Some sources give 1560, others to 1528.  The accepted succession of the title of Barone di Castel Cicciano is reckoned as follows:



However doubts on the exact succession from the Mego and Scerri families result from Abela’s 1647 description of Malta. See http://www.maltagenealogy.com/libro%20d'Oro/ghariexem.html and http://www.maltagenealogy.com/libro%20d'Oro/xerri1.html   


Footnote #3: This title did not originate in Malta but in Naples. At Maltese Law it is only a foreign title and, as such, it can be considered for the purposes of precedence only if registration or Magistral recognition has been achieved in accordance with the rules of 1739 and 1795 as enacted by Grand Masters Despuig and Rohan. In this case, the said title is clearly older than the aforesaid rules and the Royal Commissioners found that it was in fact directly recognised by the Grand Masters at some time prior to 1739 in favour of Beatrice’s son Fabrizio Testaferrata. In fact, the Commissioners observed that Grand Master Manoel, who, after having issued his Prammatica bearing date 30th April 1725, amended it by another decree of the same year. By that enactment the said Grand Master also excepted from the provisions contained in the Prammatica, Fabrizio Testaferrata, calling him Barone di Cicciano, in the Kingdom of Naples. From this legislation, it follows that the recognition of Fabrizio Testaferrata as Barone di Cicciano had taken place previously to the publication of the 1739 decree of Grand Master Despuig.



Footnote #4: In the general part of the Report that (like most of the titles granted by the Grand Masters), the foreign titles considered by the Commissioners were found to be purely nominal, not feudal, and that the mere attachment of peculiar designations such as di San Vincenzo Ferreri and di San Paolino did not render such titles feudal. In this case however, the title of Castel Cicciano was feudal enjoying the rights of cognitione primarum causarum civilium, criminalium, et secundarium causarum civilium, criminalium et commixtarum, mero mixtoque imperio ac gladii potestate, componendi delicta poenasque committendi, etc (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.)



Footnote #5: The title of Barone di Castel Cicciano was together with an entail (primogenitura) the subject of later court proceedings instituted by Alessandro's eldest daughter against Alessandro's half brother. Baron Alessandro died on the 15 October 1880 leaving two daughters. His half brother claimed the primogenitura and the title. This resulted in a lawsuit which reached the Privy Council (the highest court of the time). The remainder of the title of Castel Cicciano described by the Privy Council as a  Neapolitan barony to which certain civil and criminal jurisdictions were formerly attached, but which now appears to be a mere title of honour . Unfortunately although the Lords of the Privy Council on the 4 August 1888 gave judgement on the 1695 primogenitura, it did not give any decision on the title of Barone di Castel Cicciano ordering as to the barony, to remit the case for further consideration to the Court of Appeal in Malta; discharging in the meantime, without prejudice to any question, the judgment, as to the barony of that Court..


 Footnote #6: The question whether this title is not transmissible through cognates is discussed.

Titled, De Jures and Heirs.

* Titled: as above
* Heir: (as above)




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