The Noble Donna Marie Said Testaferrata (1820-48)
Last update: 16-11-2013.
Donna Marie Said-Testaferrata born at Santi, North
of Rabat, Malta on the year of 1820 to Principe Salvatore Said and Marie Dimech-Testaferrata. Her life was interesting enough due to
her relationships to three very interesting nobleman of note. It all started
when Barone Sceberras Trigona had asked her father, Salvatore if he could take
Marie on as his children’s friend and minder, as they were of similar age.
Marie’s brothers and sisters were also invited to the household of Sir Pasquale
Sceberras Trigona and for
several years. Marie had fallen in love with Alexander Sceberras
D’Amico Inguanez, Pasquale’s eldest son as they would
spend many hours together at the beach or in the fields around
August had fast approached
and heavily pregnant, the Nuns prepared for the birth of this child which Marie
was to leave orphan, only to receive funds from both families to enter
priesthood or the nunnery. The secrecy of this was essential and the Nuns were
champions at helping out where possible with their noble benefactors. Alexander
was not able to see this child till much later in life when his son Carmelo Trigona became a Priest.
His birth was without problems in August 1838 and Marie was given a week to
recover and to move to a foreign country for life. Her parents and siblings all
had been given access to see Marie and to say their good byes. They were able
to be in contact via letters or to visit her in
Her life now in Rome, a long journey by ship to Calabria then coach to Rome, where she meet her new Master, Prince Charles Laurien Bonaparte, Principe di Canino e Musignan. Prince Louis
took an instant liking to her and had placed her in an apartment where she was
to be his mistress and lady of the night for his pleasures. Marie had slowly
grown to enjoy her new home and the trappings of the Italian aristocratic
friends. Her homesick of home slowly faded and her love of Charles grew fonder.
Marie was being paid to live a peaceful and colorful life under Charles.
Charles’s wife had been aware of Marie’s existence and too had taken a liking
and invited her to her home from time to time. This more or less kept Charles
loyal to his wife and his mistress, no large amount of different women to his bedside,
one could say a complete life with one’s desires at ease. The Italian
Aristocracy had always kept mistresses and it was a way of life in the 19th
century. Her travels were mainly in and out of
Marie left behind three children all so very young and all not knowing their real mother. But now she was set up to go to
1845, Marie arrived in London
in the spring to meet her new Master, the Lord Ebury
and was housed in Holland Park where Lord Ebury was
to spend time with Marie and also close to London. Marie settled quite well and
also invited to the country estate of the Lord Ebury
from time to time as a family friend. Though Marie was all alone in a big city
without her children would constantly write to them via her family in
At this stage of her life, Marie
was aging and slowly finding difficulty with looking after her son. Lord Ebury then had hired a Maid called Rita Camilleri
Now it was her seventh month
pregnant and still lying in bed, pains starting to get worse and the Physicians
had advised that she now try and have the baby or died in the progress when the
baby is due. Lord Ebury agreed to start the process
of cutting Marie open and to deliver the child and then hopefully Marie may
regain strength to recover from the birth. This was to become a serious
operation and Marie was with high fever and both mother and child can die. The
other alternative was to help progress Marie to start natural labor and perhaps
look at the effects of that. Effects either way seemed to look horrible for
Marie. The surgeons took the decision of natural labor and Marie started
immediately giving birth. Several hours in fact but her strength grew rapidly
worse and still trying to give birth. The surgeons immediately then cut her
open to save the child and then vainly save Marie. Birth was a success, a girl
was born, but Marie bled and died the following morning on
Marie’s body was taken to the
mortuary and was buried the next day privately in a
Lord Ebury had commissioned a painting of Marie which became the only known one done which survives to this day.
Principe Salvatore Said,
1. Marie Said-Testaferrata,
(1820-48)., Mistress firstly to Alexander Sceberras D’Amico Inguanez, Barone di Castel Cicciano e Montagno di Marzo.,
Mistress secondly to HH. Prince Charles-Laurien
1.1. (First Liaison) Fr. Carmelo Trigona, (1838 - 1888 Naples), Priest, dunm.
1.2. (Second Liaison) HH, Prince Napoleon Charles Bonaparte, (1839 - 1899), 5th Prince of Canino and Musignano, married 1859 Rome to Donna Christine Ruspoli, with issue.
1.2.1. HH, Princess Zenaide Bonaparte, (1860-1862), d.inf.
1.2.2. HH, Princess Mary Bonaparte, (1870-1947)., married 1891 to Enrico Gotti, dsp.
1.2.3. HH, Princess Eugenie Bonparte, (1872-1949), married 1898 Rome to Napoleon Ney, Prince of Moscow, Duc d'Elchingen, dsp.
1.3. HH, Princess Bathilde Bonaparte, (1840 - 1861), married 1856 Paris to Comte Louis de Cambaceres, with issue.
1.3.1. Zenaide de Cambaceres, (1857 -1932), married to Raoul Napoleon, Comte Suchet, 3rd Duc d'Albufera, with issue.
184.108.40.206. Napoleone Suchet di Albufera, (1875-1879), d.inf.
220.127.116.11. Louis Joseph Suchet, Duca di Albufera, (1877 - 1953), married 1904 Paris to Anna Vittoria Massena d'Essling de Rivoli, with issue
18.104.22.168.1. Louis Victor Suchet, Duca di Albufera, (1905 -1995), maried 1935 to Simone de Chevigne, with issue.
22.214.171.124.1.1. Isabelle Suchet di Albufera, (1932 -., married 1957 to Patrice Verge, with issue.
126.96.36.199.1.1.1. Louis-Emmanuel Verge, (1958 -, married 1987 to Veronique de Laguiche, with issue.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Maude Verge, (1989-.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Alice Verge, (1992-.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Aimee Verge, (1994 -.
188.8.131.52.1.1.2. Denis Verge, (1961 -, married 1987 to Dorothee de Liedekerek-Beaufort, with issue.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. TheodoreVerge, (1992-.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Alexandre Verge, (1997 -.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Eleonore Verge, (1999 -.
184.108.40.206.1.2. Anna Maria Suchet di Albufera, (1934 -, married 1959 Paris to Alain, Comte de Cheyron du Pavillon, with issue.
220.127.116.11.1.2.1. Guy, Comte du Cheyron du Pavillon, (1969 -., married 1998 to natalie Leuthenmayr, with issue.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Comte Alain du Cheyron du Pavillon, (2000-.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Comte Elie du Cheyron du Pavillon, (2002- .
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. Comte Rome du Cheyron du Pavillon, (2005 -.
18.104.22.168.1.2.2. Thibault, Comte du Cheyron du Pavillon, (1969 -, married 2010 to Raphaelle Morand.
22.214.171.124.1.2.3. Ivana du Cheyron du Pavillon, (1960 -, married 1986 to Xavier Strauss, with issue.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Rodolphe Strauss, (1990 -.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. Victoria Strauss, (1988 -.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Moina Strauss, (1993 -.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Louis Strauss, (1995 -.
184.108.40.206.1.2.4. Anne du Cheyron du Pavillon, (1963 -, married 1987 to Aymard, Barone de Ladoucette, with issue.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Baron Charles de Ladoucette, (1987 - 2009), dunm.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Baron Emmanuel de Ladoucette, (1989 -.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Baron Come de Ladoucette, (1992 -.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Ines de Ladoucette, (1994 -.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Sixtine de Ladoucette, (2003 -.
188.8.131.52.1.3. Paola Suchet di Albufera, (1936 -, married 1957 Paris to Francois, Vicomte de Vigneral, with issue.
184.108.40.206.1.3.1. Guillaume, Vicomte de Vigneral, (1965 -, married 2008 to Sylvia Leuthenmayr, with issue.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Tancrede, Vicomte de Vigneral, (2010 -.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Allegra, Vicomtess de Vigneral, (2011-.
188.8.131.52.1.3.2. Beatrice de Vigneral, (1958-, married 1980 Paris to Henry Lannes, Comte de Montebello, with issue.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. Tristian Lannes de Montebello, (1983 -.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Cyrille Lannes de Montebello, (1988-.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Amalia Lannes de Montebello, (1982 -.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. Camille Lannes de Montebello, (1986-.
18.104.22.168.1.3.3. Laure de Vigneral, (1960 -, married 1983 Paris to Philippe Guerand, with issue.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Victor Guerand, (1987 -.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Maxime Guerand, (1990-.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Gaspard Guerand, (1992 -.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Clementine Guerand, (1985 -.
188.8.131.52.1.4. Helen Suchet di Albufera, (1942 -, married 1968 Paris to Yves Aubin, with issue.
184.108.40.206.1.4.1. Edouard Aubin, (1974 -, marroed 2003 to Claire d'Ussel, with issue.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Vladimir Aubin.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Alexis Aubin.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Alice Aubin, (2010-.
220.127.116.11.1.4.2. Anne-Charlotte Aubin, (1969-, married 2000 to Fergal Purcell, with issue.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Aimee Purcell, (2001-.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Claire Purcell, (2003 -.
184.108.40.206.1.4.3. Honorine Aubin, (1971 -, married 1996 to Antoine Dupuy d'Angeac, with issue.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Gabrielle Dupuy d'Angeac, (1996-.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Gaspard Dupuy d'Angeac, (1997-.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Louis Dupuy d'Angeac, (1998 -.
220.127.116.11.1.5. Genevieve Suchet d'Albufera, (1944 -, married 1968 Paris to Charles Louis, Comte de Maud'Huy, with issue.
18.104.22.168.1.5.1. Simone, Comte de Maud'Huy, (1969-.
22.214.171.124.1.5.2. Romain, Comte de Maud'Huy, (1973-.
126.96.36.199.1.5.3. Alexis, Comte de Maud'Huy, (1974 -, married 2011 to Tatyana Franck.
188.8.131.52.1.6. Constance Suchet di Albufera, (1947 -, married 1972 to Alain Fauchier-Delavigne, with issue.
184.108.40.206.1.6.1. Emmanuel Fauchier-Delavigne, (1975 -, married 2003 to Sophie Brigitte Aline Decoutere.
220.127.116.11.1.6.2. Adrien Fauchier-Delavigne, (1980-.
18.104.22.168.1.6.3. Benjamin Fauchier-Delavigne, (1984 -.
22.214.171.124.1.6.4. Hortense Fauchier-Delavigne, (1973 -, married 1999 to Renaud Meltz, with issue.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Yse Meltz, (2003 -.
184.108.40.206.1.6.5. Moina Fauchier-Delavigne, (1978-.
220.127.116.11.2. Napoleone Suichet, Duca di Albufera, (1912-2006), married 1943 to Claude de Ladoucette, with issue.
18.104.22.168.2.1. Emmanuel Suchet, Duca di Albufera, (1944-, married 1974 to Elizabeth de Fontanges, with issue.
22.214.171.124.2.1.1. Armand Suchet di Albufera, (1976 -, married 2011 to Laetitia de Benoist de Gentissart.
126.96.36.199.2.1.2. Guillaume Suchet di Albufera, (1979-, married 2011 to Anne-Hortense Douence.
188.8.131.52.2.1.3. Pauline Suchet di Albufera, (1974-, married 1998 to Comte Alexandre de Chavagnac, with issue.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. Rose de Chavagnac, (2003-.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Josephine de Chavagnac, (2006-.
126.96.36.199.2.1.4. Marie Zenaide Suchet di Albufera, (1985 -.
188.8.131.52.2.2. Francois Suchet di Albufera, (1945 -), d.inf.
184.108.40.206.2.3. Philippe Suchet di Albufera, (1947 - 1994), married 1971 to Pierrette Lacaze, with issue.
220.127.116.11.2.3.1. Charlotte Suchet di Albufera, (1973 -.
18.104.22.168.2.3.2. Anna Suchet di Albufera, (1975 -.
22.214.171.124.2.4. Anne Suchet di Albufera, (1953 -, married 1979 to Gilles Charpentier, with issue.
126.96.36.199.2.4.1. Antoine Charpentier, (1986-.
188.8.131.52.2.4.2. Julie Charpentier, (1984 -.
184.108.40.206.3. Paule Suchet di Albufera, (1910-1991), married 1934 to Francois, Marquis de Grammont, with issue.
220.127.116.11.3.1. Jeanna Marie de Grammont, (1935 - 1989), dunm.
18.104.22.168. Bathilde Suchet di Albufera, (1887 - 1920), married 1909 (Div 1925) to Leon Dufresne, Vicomte de Sant-Leon, dsp.
1.3.2. Leonie de Cambaceres, (1858 - 1909), married to Comte Charles Marie Michel de Goyon, 3rd Duc de Feltre, with issue.
22.214.171.124. August de Goyon, Duc de Feltre, (1884- 1957), married 1933 Paris to Helen Seton, with issue.
126.96.36.199.1. Michel de Goyon, Duc de Feltre, (1935 -, married (1) 1965 NYC (Div 1978) to Barbara Baker, married (2) 1978 Paris (Div 1983) to Christiane Talou, with issue.
188.8.131.52.1.1. (First Marriage) Henri de Goyon de Feltre, (1965 -.
184.108.40.206.1.2. Leslie-Anne de Goyon de Feltre, 1968-.
1.4. HH, Prince Charles Albert Bonaparte, (1843 - 1847), d.inf.
1.5. (Third Liaison) Robert Ebury Said, (1846-79), (dunm?)., adopted after Marie’s death by his Uncle and brought back
1.6. Marie-Eleanor Ebury Said, (1848-1927)., adopted
after Marie’s death by her Uncle and brought back to
1.6.1. Sharif Salim Pasha, married with issue.
220.127.116.11. Sharif Hashim Bey.
18.104.22.168. Sharif Musbah Khanum.
1.6.2. Sharifa Abdiya Khanum, dunm.
(1886-1958), married 1906 to King Ali ibn Hussein, King of the Hijaz,
Grand Sharif of
22.214.171.124. HRH, Prince Abd al-Llah of Hiaz, Crown Prince of Hijaz, GCMG, GCVO, (1913-58 ), Regent of Iraq, (1939-41), Head of the Hashimite House (1951-58 ), married (1) 1936 to Melek Yehia, married (2) 1948 to Faiza al Tarabulsi, married (3) 1956 to Hiyam al-Habub of the Rabia tribes of Kut.
126.96.36.199. HRH, Princess Khadija Abdiya of Hijaz, (1907-58), dunm.
188.8.131.52. HRH, Princess Aliya of Hijaz, (1911-50), married 1934 to King Ghazi I of Iraq, with issue.
184.108.40.206.1. King Faisal II of
220.127.116.11. HRH, Princess Badia of Hijaz, (1920-98), married Sharif Hussein bin Ali’ Bey, with issue.
18.104.22.168.1. Sharif Muhammad
bin Al-Hussein. b. at
Sharif 'Abdu'llah bin
Al-Hussein. b. at
Sharif Abdu'l-illah bin 'Abdu'llah. b.
Sharif Hassen bin 'Abdu'llah. b.
22.214.171.124.2.3. Sharifa Badia bint 'Abdu'llah. b. 1990.
Sharif 'Ali bin Al-Hussein. b.
126.96.36.199. HRH, Princess Jalila of Hijaz, (1923-55), married Sharif Dr Ahmad Hazim Bey, dsp.
Marie Said’s ancestors:
1. (Correspondence) Archives of the
2. The Diary of Donna Marie Said-Testaferrata
3. Burkes Peerage 2005 edition.
4. The Royal Family of Jordan for data regarding the Amir’s of
5. It is believed that the children with Charles Lauren Bonaparte were HH. Prince Napoleon Charles Bonaparte, 5th Principe di Canino e Musignan, (1839-99), HH. Princess Bathilde Bonaparte, (1840-61), married 1856 to Louis, Comte de Cambaceres, and HH. Prince Charles-Laurien Bonaparte, (1843-47), d.inf. a swap from those his wife had who died in childbirth - still unproven.