The family of De Piro who held the titles of Baroni di Budack (Budacco), (1716), Most Illustrious and Noble (1727), and Marques De Piro in Spain (1742).

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Updated 20-11-2017.


Baron Nicholas VI Desierov, 15th Barone, ©2018.


* Cosimo/Gusmano de Piro, viv.temp. (Arrived in Malta with the Order of St John in 1530 as a child likely under the protection of the Grand Master. Served in the Court of the Grand Master, later was appointed Commander of the Arsenal in Malta. 1592), married (1) 1552 Birgu to Elizabetta Spagnolo (d 1588) married (2) 1590 Birgu to Girolama la Mattina, with issue.

1. (First Marriage) Giovanni de Piro, (Commander of the Arsenal in Malta 1602), married with issue.

1.1. Benedetta de Piro, married 1586 Mdina to Petruccio Sillato, with issue.

1.1.1. Mario Sillato, married 1624 Valletta to Grazia Curmi.

1.1.2. Caterina Sillato, married 1621 Valletta to Gregorio Tonna, with issue. Graziella Tonna, married 1647 Valletta to Sig. Giuseppe Garsin, with issue. Giovanni Garsin, married 1678 Cospicua to Lorenza Ros. Antonio Garsin, married 1679 Cospicua to Teresa di Maria, with issue. Aloisio Garsin, married 1706 Valletta to Caterina Cauchi, with issue. Giovanni Garsin, married (1) 1736 Valletta to Grazia "Libertine - Ex-Slave", married (2) 1759 Valletta to Maria Zammit, with issue. (Second Marriage) Aloisio Garsin, married 1787 Valletta to Maria Teresa Grech, with issue. Epifania Garsin, married 1816 Valletta to Rosario La Rosa. Madalena Garsin, married 1828 Valletta to Ignazio Lombardo of Catania, Sicily. Minichella Tonna, married 1656 Valletta to Luca Cutajar, with issue. Aloisea Cutajar, dunm.l. (illegitimate with a Knight) Grazia Giovanna Aloisea Cutajar, married 1695 Valletta to Conte Francesco Pasquale Castiglione. Aloisia Tonna, married 1659 Valletta to Marcello Gatt. Domenico Tonna, married 1647 Zebbug to Maria Bonello, with issue. Salvatore Tonna, married 1689 Gharghur to Clercia Mifsud.

1.1.3. Agatuccia Sillato, married 1615 Valletta to Gio Maria Bonello, with issue. Agostina Bonello, married (1) 1644 Mdina to Mro Giacomo Aquilina, married (2) 1655 Mdina to Mro Matteolo Bartolo. Lorenza Bonello, married 1650 Mdina to Angelo Tanti. Lucrezia Bonello, married 1655 Mdina to Pietro Tanti.

1.1.4. Maruzza Sillato, married 1616 Valletta to Dionio Cassar., with issue. Domenica Cassar, married 1632 Valletta to Ambrosio Casha.

1.1.5. Veronica Sillato, married 1635 Senglea to Andrea Freva.

1.2. Gusmano de Piro, 'Jesuit Monk', dunm.

1.3. Matteo de Piro, 'Monk', dunm.

1.4. Elizabetta de Piro, 'Nun', dunm.

1.5. Grazia Angelica de Piro, married (1) 1626 Cospicua to Giacomotto de Candia of Greece, married (2) 1631 Cospicua to Gio Frederico Gristi, with issue.

1.5.1. (First Marriage) Maria de Candia, married 1651 Cospicua to Federico Servo, married (2) 1659 Cospicua to Nicola de Candia, with issue. (Second Marriage) Tomaso de Candia, married 1687 Cospicua to Paola de Pittacco, with issue. Nicola de Candia, married 1713 Cospicua to Maria Spiteri, with issue. Caterina de Candia, married 1738 Cospicua to Carlo Fenech. Giuseppe de Candia, married 1719 Valletta to Maria Buhagiar, with issue. Paola de Candia, married 1766 Vittoriosa to Giuseppe Frendo, with issue. Francesco Frendo, married 1801 Cospicua to Maria Vella. Anastasio de Candia, married 1709 Senglea to Filippa Delpinar, with issue. Michele de Candia, married 1742 Senglea to Filippa de Messina, with issue. Anastasio de Candia, married 1772 Cospicua to Maria d'Armenia, with issue. Didacio de Candia, married 1805 Senglea to Anna Mado, with issue. Rosa de Candia, married 1826 Cospicua to Francesco Tommaso Diacono.

1.5.2. Giulio de Candia, married 1655 Senglea to Paolina de Cassia, with issue. Anna de Candia, married 1682 Senglea to Gio Battista Adamo.

1.5.3. (Second Marriage) Salvatore Gristi, married (1) 1655 Valletta to Aloisetta de Pin, married (2) 1663 Valletta to Speranza, former wife of Pietro Petruzzi, with issue. (First Marriage) Caterina Gristi, (Later a Nun). (illegitimate with a Knight by the name of Bernard) Bernarda de Gristi, married 1706 Attard to Paolo Zahra, with issue. Enrico Zahra, married 1727 Valletta to Elizabetta Axach, with issue. Paolo Zahra, married 1752 Valletta to Grazia Anna Clinquant, with issue. Dr Francesco Zahra Clinquant JUD, married 1782 Valletta to Oriota Bonavita, with issue. Feliciano Zahra Clinquant, married 1791 Cospicua to Teresa Bartolo, (former Husband of Gio Battista de Marchesi Caraffa). Maria Anna Zahra Clinquant, married 1790 Valletta to Vincenzo Portelli. Liberata Zahra Clinquant, married 1794 Valletta to Vincenzo Portelli, (Married his sister-in-law). Gaetano Zahra, married 1754 Valletta to Rosa Zammit, with issue. Giuseppe Zahra, married 1789 Cospicua to Caterina Bezzina, with issue. Gaetano Zahra, married 1813 Valletta to Maria Antonina Vella. Caterina Zahra, married 1778 Valletta to Gaetano Zammit. Maria Zahra, married 1789 Valletta to Vincenzo Camilleri. Maria Teresa Zahra, married 1800 Qormi to Giuliano Gatt. Lorenzo Zahra, married 1759 Valletta to Maria Mizzi, with issue. Antonio Zahra, married 1784 Ghaxaq to Anna Strafrag, with issue. Ignazio Zahra, married 1822 Ghaxaq to Grazia Barbara. Mario Zahra, married 1775 Valletta to Margherita Voiti. Giuseppe Zahra, married 1790 Valletta to Maria Annunziata Camilleri, with issue. Maria Zahra, married 1812 Valletta toi Michele Dodero of Genoa, Italy. Domenica Faldafanna Gristi, married 1686 Valletta to Gio Battista Piscopo, with issue. Maddalena Piscopo, married (1) 1723 Senglea to Francesco Giufre, married (2) 1713 Vittoriosa to Giovanni Artau, with issue. (Second Marriage) Giuseppe Artau, married 1747 Valletta to Modesta Cauchi. Lorenza Piscopo, married 1720 Senglea to Giuseppe le Flotto.

2. Benedetta de Piro, 'Nun', dunm.

3. Federico de Piro, 'Monk', dunm.

4. Vincenzo de Piro, 'Monk', dunm.

5. Cesare de Piro, 'Jesuit Monk', dunm.

6. Laetitia de Piro, 'Nun', dunm.

7. (Second Marriage) Carlo Antonio de Piro, married Vittoria Caruana, and dsp.
8. Paolo de Piro, married (1) 1616 to Giovanella Albano with issue. Married (2) 1646 to
Galizia Solemi, with further issue
8.1. (First Marriage) Rev. Cristoforo de Piro, dunm 1671 in Rome.
8.2. Caterinucca de Piro, married 1642 to Domenico Galdies, with issue.

8.2.1. Marietta Galdes de Piro, married 1670 Senglea to Mario Francese, with issue. Vittoria Francese de Piro, married 1698 Qormi to Giuseppe Bugeja. Andrea Francese de Piro, married (1) 1714 Zebbug to Speranza Genuisi, married (2) 1730 Qormi to Maria Grech, with issue. (First Marriage) Maruzzo Francese de Piro, married (1) 1737 Xewkija Gozo to Maria Rapa, married (2) 1740 Qormi to Evangelista Muscat. Giuseppa Francese de Piro, married 1733 Qormi to Michele Grech. (Second Marriage) Saverio Francese de Piro, married 1776 Cospicua to Eufemia Borg., with issue. Maria Francese, married 1796 Vittoriosa to Giuseppe Micallef. Grazia Francese de Piro, married 1751 Qormi to Salvatore Abejer. Rosa Francese de Piro, married 1757 Valletta to Giovanni Farrugia. Carmine Francese de Piro, married 1769 Valletta to Francesco Bianco. Teresa Francese de Piro, married 1802 Cospicua to Gregorio Xicluna. Domenica Francese de Piro, married 1701 Qormi to Filippo Schembri, with issue. Michele Schembri, married 1727 Qormi to Francesca Cardona, with issue. Giuditta Schembri, married 1779 Birkirkara to Giuseppe Micallef. Grazia Schembri, married 1763 Birkirkara to Francesco Mifsud. Maria Schembri, married (1) 1757 Qormi to Paolo Mifsud, married (2) 1776 Birkirkara to Grazio Xicluna, married (3) 1788 Birkirkara to Francesco Borg. Giovanna Schembri, married 1755 Qormi to Giuseppe Gatt. Filippo Schembri, married 1753 Valletta to Antonia Farrugia. Girolamo Schembri, married (1) 1764 Birkirkara to Maria Zammit, married (2) 1788 Valletta to Anna Agius. Francesco Schembri, married 1774 Birkirkara to Grazia Borg, with issue. Maria Schembri, married (1) 1809 Birkirkara to Giuseppe Grech, married (2) 1810 Birkirkara to Angelo Borg. Michele Schembri, married 1806 Birkirkara to Rosa Anna Borg, with issue. Grazia Schembri, married 1835 Birkirkara to Giuseppe Borg. Giuseppe Schembri, married 1819 Birkirkara to Maria Busuttil. Giuseppe Schembri, married 1736 Zejtun to Maria Pavia, with issue. Michele Schembri, married 1781 Zejtun to Maria Fenech. Francesco Schembri, married 1781 Zejtun to Caterina Bugeja, with issue. Generosa Schembri, married 1812 Zejtun to Angelo Ciccalo. Maria Teresa Schembri, married 1813 Zejtun to Matteo Lauro. Maria Anna Schembri, married 1820 Zejtun to Giuseppe Mifsud. Teresa Francese de Piro, married 1711 Qormi to Domenico Ciantar, with issue. Salvatore Ciantar de Piro, married 1737 Rabat Gozo to Teresa Schembri, with issue. Caterina Ciantar de Piro, married 1738 Zejtun to Tomaso Mifsud. Maria Ciantar de Piro, married (1) 1745 Zejtun to Angelo Camilleri, married (2) 1759 Valletta to Geronimo Galea. Anna Ciantar de Piro, married 1769 Valletta to Cristoforo Duran.

8.2.2. Leonara Galdes de Piro, married 1661 Qormi to Leonardo Zammit, with issue. Rosa Zammit de Piro, married 1713 Valletta to Pasquale Pace.

8.2.3. Maria Galdes de Piro, married 1667 Qormi to Mario Cauchi., with issue. Barbara Cauchi de Piro, married 1696 Birkirkara to Francesco Micallef. Angelica Cauchi de Piro, married 1703 Birkirkara to Isidore Cardona, married (2) 1709 Birkirkara to Lorenzo Borg.
8.3. Ottavio de Piro., married (1) 1634 Senglea to Nobile Caterina Casanova, married (2) to Anna.., with issue.

8.3.1. (First Marriage)(*3) Vincenza de Piro, married 1662 Senglea to Daniele Romano, with issue. Francesco Romano, married 1700 Zabbar to Francesca dei Baroni di Daniele, with issue. Rosa Romano, married 1732 Zabbar to Gioacchino Lia, with issue. Felice Lia, married to Beatrice Borg. Giovanni Lia, married 1777 Cospicua to Maddalena Borg. Angelo Romano, married 1760 Vittoriosa to Margherita Catania. Giovanni Romano, married 1700 Senglea to Maddalena Pancosta. Giovanna Maria Romano, married 1691 Senglea to Teodoro Vella, with issue. Tomaso Vella de Piro, married (1) 1718 Mosta to Teresa Mifsud, married (2) 1739 Valletta to Giuseppa Alunna, with issue. (First Marriage) Anna Vella de Piro, married 1763 Naxxar to Giovanni Camilleri. Domenichella Vella de Piro, married 1756 Naxxar to Francesco Sammut. Giuseppe Vella de Piro, married 1763 Gharghur to Maria Grima. (Second Marriage) Maria Anna Vella de Piro, married 1784 Valletta to Don Pasquale Inguanez.

8.3.2. Domenico de Piro, married 1667 Senglea to Giacobina Salvatore, with issue. Anna de Piro, married 1686 Senglea to Matteo Romano, with issue. Domenica Romano, married 1725 Senglea to Giacobo Moro, with issue. Fortunato sives Romano, married 1775 Cospicua to Veneranda Barbara, with issue. Aloiseo Romano, married 1829 Cospicua to Fortunata Camilleri, with issue. Francesca Romano, married 1861 Senglea to Capt Nicolo de Candia. Margherita Romano, married 1715 Senglea to Tomaso Curmi, with issue. Maria Curmi, married (1) 1742 Senglea to Carlo Bonavita, married (2) 1754 Senglea to Michele Romano. Caterina de Piro, married 1700 Senglea to Vincenzo Pancosta. Francesca de Piro, married 1706 Senglea to Michele Angelo Canizzaro. Maddalena de Piro, married (1) 1711 Senglea to Giovanni Panesta, married (2) 1732 Senglea to Gioacchino Condorata.

8.4. (Second Marriage) Geronima de Piro., married 1672 at Valletta to Domenico Psaila, with issue.

8.4.1. Giuseppe Psaila de Piro, married 1704 Valletta to Maria Barone of Catania, Sicily, with issue. Paolo Psaila, married 1751 Valletta to Maria de Manuele d'Argumento, with issue. Salvatore Psaila, married 1745 Valletta to Vittoria Felici, with issue. Giuseppe Psaila, married 1790 Valletta to Rosa Galea. Maria Psaila, married 1776 Valletta to Giovanni Bonnet. Maruzza Psaila, married 1778 Valletta to Francesco Cortis. Ambrosio Psaila, married 1741 Mdina to Maria Zammit, with issue. Vincenza Psaila, marrioed 1766 Valletta to Gio Maria Bartolo. Anna Psaila, married 1773 Valletta to Michele Capo. Eugenia Psaila, married 1776 Valletta to Calcedonio Savona. Felicitia Psaila, married 1748 Valletta to Fortunato Grech. Fortunata Psaila, married 1755 Valletta to Enrico Micallef.

8.4.2. Anna Psaila de Piro, married 1704 Valletta to Giuseppe Pace.

8.4.3. Saverio Psaila de Piro, married 1713 Birkirkara to Maria Xiberras, with issue. Pietro Psaila, married 1757 Birkirkara to Maria Micallef, with issue. Giovanni Psaila, married 1796 Birkirkara to Maddalena Borg. Anna Psaila, married 1791 Birkirkara to Michele Catania. Francesco Psaila, married 1785 Valletta to Caterina Josepha Schembri, with issue. Notary Pietro Paolo Publio Psaila de Piro, married 1831 Valletta to Maria Antonia Xuereb, with issue. Filippa Psaila de Piro, married 1874 Valletta to Giovanni Mifsud. Caterina Psaila, married 1729 Valletta to Don Pietro Baldassare Galteri of Messina, married (2) 1739 Birkirkara to Tomaso Borg.

8.4.4. Marino Psaila de Piro, married 1690 Zebbug to Maruzza d'Armenia., with issue. Antonia Psaila d'Armenia, married 1702 Qormi to Domenico Taliana.

8.4.5. Petruzzo Psaila de Piro, married 1696 Zebbug to Maruzza Bonnici, with issue. Carlo Psaila, married 1741 Valletta to Anna Chetcuti, with issue. Caterina Psaila, married 1763 Valletta to Francesco Borg. Margherita Psaila, married 1770 Valletta to Giuseppe Cassar. Maria Teresa Psaila, married 1778 Valletta to Salvatore Casha. Liberta Psaila, married 1782 Valletta to Onoroto Farrugiua.. Francesco Psaila, married 1743 Valletta to Ventura "Alunna", with issue. Giuseppe Psaila, married 1763 Valletta to Vittoria Ellul, with issue. Vincenzo Psaila, married 1791 Valletta to Rosa Cauchi. Rosa Psaila, married 1765 Valletta to Giuseppe Calleja. Rosa Psaila, married 1719 Valletta to Giuseppe Vella.

8.4.6. Angelo Psaila de Piro, married 1706 Birkirkara to Giovanna Psaila.

8.5. Dr Lorenzo Ubaldesco de Piro JUD, married 1671 to Cornelia Cauchi di Cristoforo, with issue.

8.5.1. Dr Gio Pio de Piro, JUD. 1st Marquis de Piro, (Cr:1742); Ist Baron di Budaq, (Cr:1716) -See Below.
9. Giacobina de Piro, married (1) 1613 to Gio Domenico Paradotto, with issue. Married Secondly 1618 to Vincenzo Mancuso, with further issue.

9.1. (First Marriage) Natalizia Paradotto., married 1638 to Don Dr Giuseppe Lanza JUD dei Baroni di Mojo, dsp.

9.2. Angelica Paradotto, married to Lorenzo Paglio.

9.2.1. (illegitimate) Enrico Paradotto de Piro, married 1670 to Orsola Vivier.

9.3. Gian Francesco Paradotto, dunm 1681.

9.4. Agostino Paradotto.

9.5. Giacinto Paradotto.
9.6. (Second Marriage) Angelica Mancuso, married 1665 at Valletta to Lorenzo Cagliola, with issue.

9.6.1. Verodiana Cagliola., married 1675 at Valletta to Franco Caxcera.

9.6.2. Eugenia Cagliola., married 1685 at Valletta to Dr Matteo Russia JUD., married (2) 1698 Valletta to Pasquale Callus, with issue. (First Marriage) Giuseppa Russia, married 1710 Valletta to Demetrio Farrugia, with issue. Diana Farrugia, married 1756 Valletta to Ferdinando Tomani. Francesco Saverio Farrugia, married 1762 Valletta to Claudine Maestre, with issue. Teresa Farrugia, married 1801 Valletta to Camillo Grima-Assenza. Gioacchino Farrugia, married 1756 Valletta to Maria Margarita De Leone. Stefano Farrugia, married 1765 Valletta to Ursola Mamo, (d/o Gio Battista and Martina).

9.6.3. Anna Cagliola, married 1680 Valletta to Emmanuele Condorato, with issue. Teresa Condorato, married 1720 Valletta to Jean Claude Joannon of Lyon, France. Maddalena Condorato, married 1756 Valletta to Francesco Lorenzo Costa. Sig. Gio Alessandro Condorato, married 1731 Valletta to Busetta. Sig. Albano Condorato, married 1735 Valletta to Aloisea Capilliani, with issue. Margherita Cordorato, married 1758 Valletta to Antonio Pitua. Sig. Pietro Cordorato, married (1) 1771 Valletta to Margherita Clerier of France, married (2) 1779 Valletta to Filippa Xermini. Rosa Cordorato, married 1777 Valletta to Sig. Gio Epifano Zammit, with issue. Fortunato Zammit, married 1808 Cospicua to Rosaria Busuttil.

9.7. Enrico Mancuso, married 1670 Valletta to Orsola Vivier, with issue.

9.7.1. Gio Battista Mancuso, married 1707 Valletta to Elizabetta du Pales, with issue. Maria Mancuso, married 1726 Valletta to Giuseppe Zammit.

9.7.2. Mco Gio Francesco Mancuso, married 1721 Valletta to Angelica Aloisea, married (2) 1735 Senglea to Anna Baron, with issue. (Second Marriage) Gerolama Mancuso, married (in Messina, Sicily c. 1780) to Nobile Cristoforo Triolo dei Baroni di Sant'Anna e di Radilbesi of Messina, Sicily, ( *4) with issue. Cav Placido Triolo dei Baroni di Sant'Anna e di Radilbesi, Sicilian Regiment, (1788-1833), married 1815 Valletta to Grazia Borg, with issue.

10. Geronima de Piro., married 1627 at Valletta to Don Giulio San Severino dei Baroni di Marcellinara.

Footnote: After his wife Cornelia died, Lorenzo Ubaldesco took up Holy Orders, eventually being appointed Archdeacon of the Cathedral.


* Dr. Gio Pio de Piro, JUD.(1670-1752) 1st Baron di Budaq (Cr:1716), 1st Marquis de Piro, (Cr:1742) Married 1693 to Anna Gourgion, with issue
Had issue also from Mistress

1. Nobile Angelo de Piro, Canon of the Cathedral, dunm.
2. Nobile Rev. Giulio de Piro, dunm.
3. Nobile Antonio Felicissimo de Piro, (died 1738, before his father), married (2) 1733 to
Eleanora Constazo (See Paganica), and dsp., Married (1) 1729 to Caterina Dorell and also dsp. Married (3) 1736 to Elena Grech Balsani, with issue.
(Second Marriage)

3.1. Nobile Francesco Saverio de Piro, (1731-died as an infant).
(Third Marriage)

3.2. Don Vincenzo de PiroSee Footnotes below and links

3.2.1. Don Antonio de Piro, (1758-1806), married 1790 to Teresa Campanella nee dello Re. with issue  See Footnotes below and links, Senior Line of de Piro.

3.2.2.  Don Giuseppe de Piro-Gourgion, CMG. (died 1857), married 1810 to Gaetana Borg Madiona, with issue see Don Adriano de Piro-Gourgion, (1817-1866), dunm. Don Dr Carmelo de Piro, MD,(1820-69), married 1844 to
Gerolama Sceberras D'Amico-Inguanez (See Djar il-Bniet and Buqana) , with issue. See Footnotes below and links, Junior Line of de Piro.
3.3. Dona Eugenia de Piro.
4. Dona Maria Antonia de Piro, married 1713 Valletta to
Bartolomeo Vella-Mompalao, dsp.
5. Dona Eugenia de Piro, married 1729 to
Ferdinand de Ribera (See San Paolino), with issue

(Other issue of Gio Pio not within the remainder)
6. (illegitimate from the Baroness Celestri)(*1) Margarita Celestri, married 1716 Salvazio Caruana, with issue.

6.1. Salvatore Caruana, married 1758 Mdina to Teresa Chercop.

6.2. Fra. Pio Caruana, Abbott, (d. 1796), dunm.

6.3. Suor Margarita Caruana, 'Nun', dunm.

6.4. Angela Caruana, d.inf.
7. (illegitimate from Rosa "Manumessa")(*2) Guiseppe de Siero sive De Piro (1688-), married (1) to Anna N, married (2) 1722 to Teresa Debono (d/o Mastro Francesco and Anna)., with issue

7.1. (First Marriage or Union) Francesca de Piro, married 1706 Valletta to Dr Matteo D'Arena, with issue.

7.1.1. Anna Maria D'Arena, married 1725 Valletta to Salvatore Tedesco, with issue. Giuseppe Tedesco, married 1766 Valletta to Mco Fedele Peralta. Simeone Tedesco, married 1764 Valletta to Rosa Fleri. Carlo Tedesco, married 1771 Valletta to Angelica Brignone, with issue. Maria Tedesco, married 1761 Valletta to Giuseppe Graziani. Gioacchino Tedesco, married (1) 1776 Valletta to Nicolina Corelli, married (2) 1824 Valletta to Francesca Decelis, with issue. (First Marriage) Fedela Tedesco, married 1814 Valletta to Bartolomeo Bajardo, with issue. Bernardetta Bajardo, married 1832 Valletta to Gio Battista Satariano. Nicolina Bajardo, married 1839 Valletta to Antonio Xicluna.

7.1.2. Matteo D'Arena, married 1748 Valletta to Teresa Pace.

7.2. (Second Marriage) Matilda de Siero, (1725-)., married 1746 to Luigi Preziosi (See Preziosi)

7.3. Aloisea de Siero, (1728-)., Nun, dunm.

7.4. Giovanni I Battista Desiero, (1730-1802), migrated to Imperia Russia and Created Baron Desiero and to his descendants by Tsar Paul I 1799 and Knight of St George of Russia and St John of Malta, married 1799 to Baroness Marie Bode-Kolgtcher., with issue.
7.4.1. Baron Peter I Desierov, 2nd Baron, (1801-62), married 1823 to Countess Marianna Hauke, with issue. Baron Giovanni II Desierov, 3rd Baron, (1828-68), married 1853 to Baroness Domenica Callejasky., with issue. Baron Nicolas I Desierov, 4th Baron, (1855-1917), married 1874 to Baroness Victorie Standertskjold, with issue. Baron John III Desierov, 5th Baron, (1875-1929), fled to Germany, married 1903 to Baroness Anastasia Standertskjold, with issue. Baron Nicolas Desierov, (1905-19), dunm. Baroness Marie Desierov, (1906-78), married 1930 to Count Alexandre Walewski. Baroness Domenica Desierov, (1879-), married 1900 to Baron Rosenkampf, with issue. Baroness Alexias Rosenkampf, (1912-73), married 1933 to Baron Nicolas Desierov. Baroness Alexias Desierov, (1858-93), married 1875 to Count Sakrewski. Baroness Marie Desierov, (1860-), married 1880 to Baron Standertskjold. Baroness Catherina Desierov, (1831-), married 1854 to Baron John Assenzaov. Baron Nicolas Desierov, (1833-89), married 1855 to Baroness Marie Agiusky., with issue. Baron Paul I Desierov, 6th Baron, (1857-1939), President of the Chamber of Nobility in Exile, fled to Sweden, married 1880 Baroness Marie Mellin, with issue. Baron Nicolas II Desierov, 7th Baron, (1883-1944), fled to Sweden, married 1905 to Baroness Carolina Palmen, with issue. Baron Paul Desierov, (1909-28), dunm. Baron Charles Desierov, (1916- 19), dunm. Baroness Marie Desierov, (1914-67), married 1936 to Baron Paul II Desierov. Baron Alexandri I Desierov, 8th Baron, (1886-1965), President of the Chamber of Nobility in Exile., fled to Sweden, married 1909 Baroness Henriettta von Bern, with issue. Baron Paul II Desierov, 9th Baron, (1908-67), married 1936 to Baroness Marie Desierov, with issue. Baroness Eleanore Desierov, (1938-, married 1960 to Baron Nicolas Desierov. Baroness Charlotte Desierov, (1941-, married 2010 to Baron Dimitri Callejasky. Baron Edgar I Desierov., 10th Baron, (1910-68), married 1935 to Baroness Aloise Preziosky, with issue. Baroness Alexia Desierov, (1938-2008), "Nun". Baron Charles I Desierov, 11th Baron, (1913-81), married 1935 to Marie Sciovisky, with issue. Baroness Tatiana Desierov, (1941-., married 1972 to Count Jacques Isouardov. Baroness Patricia Desierov, (1943-., married 1970 to Prince Franco Xuerebsky. Baroness Yolanda Desierov, (1947-., married 1992 to Baron Teodoro Mielov. Baron Nicolas III Desierov, 12th Baron, (1916-82), married 1933 to Baroness Alexias Rosenkampf (Cousin), with issue. Baron Nicolas IV Desierov, 13th Baron, (1935-85), President of the Chamber of Nobility in Exile. , married 1960 to Baroness Eleanore Desierov, with issue. Baron Nicolas V Desierov, 14th Baron, (1961-2003), married 1993 to Baroness Celidonia Saidov, with issue. Baron Nicholas VI Desierov, 15th Baron, (1995-., married 2011 to Princess Henrietta Xuerebsky., with issue. Baroness Claire Desierov, (2012 -. Baroness Celidonia Desierov, (2015-. Baroness Eleanore Desierov, ( 2015-. Baron Nicolas VII Desierov, (2017-. Baron Michael Desierov, (1857-1939), married 1880 Baroness Elvira Mellin, with issue. Baroness Vitkoria Desierov, (1880-), married 1901 to Baron Guldenstolpe. Baroness Tatiana Desierov, (1883-), married 1904 to Baron von Haupe. Baroness Alexandra Desierov, (1886-), married 1910 to Count von Kothen. Baroness Antonia Desierov, (1863-), married 1883 to to Prince Porius-Visanpoursky. Baroness Domenica Desierov, (1866-), married 1886 Baron Gonzburg. Baroness Vittoria Desierov, (1836-), married 1855 to Baron Filipp Damataski. Baroness Catherine Desierov, (1840-), married 1860 to Count Jacques Isouardov. Baron Giuseppe Desierov, (1842-1907), Knight of Malta in Russia, dunm.
7.4.2. Countess Antonia Desierov, (1803-), married 1820 to Baron Edoardo von Hahn.



  1. Margarita Celestri was the daughter of Barone Dr Gio Pio de Piro JUD and Baroness Celestri of Messina. The source states that the daughter was born to the Baroness twelve months after her husbands death and she had spent some with the De Piro after she became widowed. Rumoured that Margarita was the illegitimate daughter of the Baron of Budaq. Her brother in law, Salvatore Caruana had married at Siggewi in1712 to Rosa, a released slave from Barone Dr Gio Pio de Piro JUD. Source: Adami Collection, Volume unknown, page 20.
  2. Guiseppe de Siero sives de Piro  married at Mdina 1722 to Teresa Debono. Giuseppe is noted as being the illegitimate child of Baron Gio Pio de Piro JUD.
  3. Adami Collection, Vol 44, page 223.


Footnote#1: Gio Pio De Piro 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 Marchese De Piro was conferred in Spain by Philip V, King of Spain, by a patent of the 6th November 1742, on the Barone Gio Pio De Piro. It is a Spanish title and regulated by Spanish law. See notes in'oro/depiro1.html and links from there.


Footnote#3: The title of Barone di Budack was conferred by Grand Master Perellos, by a diploma of the 23rd April 1716 to Gio Pio De Piro. See notes in'oro/depiro2.html and links from there.





  1. MELITENSIA BOOK CLUB, Issue 1, Abela Commendatore Fra Gian. Francesco, Della Descrittione di Malta isola nel mare siciliano con le sue antichita’, ed altre notizie. Libr Quattro Facsimile edition. Malta, 1984.
  2. Adami collection
  4. Enciclopedia Storico-Nobiliare Italiana Vol VI, by Marchese Spreti, pages 714-715 states the following: Familiglia Siciliana, che si vuole originaria da Venezia, passata prima in Napoli poi in Sicilia nel secolo XVI con un Gian Andrea, Capitano di Carlo V, e che si stabili nella citta di Piazza ed i cui posteri poi si trapiantaroni in Alcamo. Francesco fu Capitano giustiziere di Alcamo nel 1626, la stessa carica ebbe Giuseppe nel 1663, un altro Francesco fu Governatore di Alcamo nel 1688 ed un altro Giuseppe fu Cavaliere di giustizia dell'Ordine Costantiniano di San Giorgio nel 1799. Questa famiglia possedette i feudi di Geraci e Geraciotti, nonche le baronie di Sant'Anna e di Radilbesi. Del titolo di Barone di Radilbesi. I'ultima investita fu Giovanna Triolo il 6 giugno 1762. La famiglia e iscritta genericamente nel l'El Uff. Nob Ital del 1922 col titolo di Barone di Radilbesi (mpr male to male descent), in persona dei discendenti dall'ultima investa Giovanna Triolo su detta. Further links and coat of Arms - press link.



* A look at Palazzo de Piro, Mdina.

* Appraisal of various publications regarding the Maltese Nobility which were published 1980-1992.

* Notes on various aspects of certain foreign titles in Malta as published 1981-1992.

* Who is the rightful Marquis de Piro?.

* Value of the Maltese usage of dei Marchesi, dei Conti and dei Baroni.

* Value of the titles of Marchesino, Contino and Baroncino.

* Modern regulation of Maltese titles of Nobility.

* The importance of independent legal and factual bases for titles of Nobility in Malta.

* Different rules for Different titles.

* There are supposedly 32 titles which form the “Maltese Nobility”.

* PDF - Volume 548 of the Archives of the Order.

* Historical Context of Titles Disposable by Nomination.

* Verifying the authenticity of claims.

* Maltese titles of "Most Illustrious” and “Noble".

* Was Nicholas Cilia ever the 'Baron of Budaq'?.

* Nobility in Malta: Title of Marquis de Piro: Extract from Spanish Nobility Magazine of 1965.

* Title of Marquis de Piro.

* The Maltese title of Budack.

* The Spanish title of de Piro.

* Key to Genealogies of titles of nobility;



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