"Libro d'Oro di Melita"
Key to the branches of the Noble Family of Testaferrata, described as living in Vittoriosa, Malta, one line being Patricians of Rome, the other being Hereditary Knights of the Holy Roman Empire, described as claiming descent from the Capo di Ferro family of Rome.
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This family is listed as a noble family in “Descrittione di Malta” (1647). Moreover the Grand Masters also bestowed this family the titles of Barone di Gomerino (1710) and Illustrissimi e Nobili (1725, 3 grants). The King of Naples bestowed the title of San Vincenzo Ferreri (1716) and the Duke of Savoy (King of Sicily) another title of Marchese (1717). This family was also invested in the Baronia di Cicciano (1695) and in the title of Barone della Tabria (1784). The title of Patrician of Messina granted to Mariano Testaferrata in 1553 (not mentioned by Abela) was reinstated and granted anew in 1792 in favour of 4 branches of this family.
(Line 2) Branch #1 http://www.maltagenealogy.com/libro%20d'Oro/cassardesain.html
(Line 2) Branch #3 http://www.maltagenealogy.com/libro%20d'Oro/testaferrataolivier.html
(Line 2) Branch #4 http://www.maltagenealogy.com/libro%20d'oro/gomerino.html
THE GENEALOGY OF THE TESTAFERRATA FAMILY
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* Arfio Capo di Ferro (Testaferrata), married to Costanza Montalto dei Baroni di Milocca, with issue (Just Click on Arfio Capo di Ferro for origins)
1. Angaraldo Capo di Ferro (Testaferrata), married to Margherita Montalto dei Baroni di Milocca, Prato e Arcimusa, with issue
1.1. Giacomo I. Testaferrata, viv. 1503 (“esercitarano, mentre visisero il negotio, e traffico, facendo navigare ne’ propi vasselli le loro mercatantie, …………….., con l’occasione del corso, e degli’ armamenti (non men allora di quello si faccia al presente) cupidamente frequentati.”) to Margherita de Vaccaro, with issue
1.1.1. Mariano Testaferrata,(1503-71), Patrican of Messina., Depositario of the Inquisition, (“Nobilis Marianus Testaferrata civis Victoriosa Civitatis”) married to Maddalena Coremasco Cassia, with issue.
18.104.22.168. Antonio Testaferrata, (indicated by Abela as the second son but see footnote below), married 1570 Bernardina Abela, (“sorella del Vescovo di Sidonia”) with issue
22.214.171.124.1. Paolo Testaferrata, Patrician of Rome, -See Below.
126.96.36.199.2. Bartolomeo Testaferrata, married 1613 to Maria Falsone, with issue
188.8.131.52.2.1. Pietro Testaferrata, married 1646 To Veronica Testaferrata (“con dispensatione Apostolica”) (See Below), with issue
184.108.40.206.2.1.1. Bernardina Testaferrata, married to Paolo Antonio Saliba, with issue.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Veronica Saliba, married 1701 to Guiseppe Abela, with issue
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Veneranda Saliba
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Policarpo Saliba, married Anna Manduca (See Manduca, Counts of), with issue
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1. Angelica Rosa Saliba Manduca, married 1737 to Lorenzo Galea Feriol, 3rd Barone di San Marciano, with issue
22.214.171.124.2.2. Bartolomeo Testaferrata, married 1642 to Teresa Cassar, with issue
126.96.36.199.2.2.1. Maria Testaferrata, married 1664 to Dr Gio Paolo Sceberras, with issue
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Margherita Sceberras, m. 20 Apr 1692 (S. Paolo, Valletta) to Nicola Emanuele Moscati, with issue.
220.127.116.11.2.3. Leonardo Testaferrata
18.104.22.168.3. Giovanni Testaferrata, married Clerica Gauci
22.214.171.124.3.1. Sacerdote F. Gio Batta Testaferrata (“professo in questa Sacra Religione nella Lingua d’Italia”), unmarried
126.96.36.199.3.2. Lorenzo Testaferrata, married 1651 to Vincenza Testaferrata de Robertis, .-See Below.
188.8.131.52.3.3. Carlo Testaferrata
184.108.40.206.3.4. Vincenzo Testaferrata, married Polixemia Bonici
220.127.116.11.4. Dott. Gio Domenico Testaferrata (“Il Dottor Don Gio Domenico Avvocato Fiscale per molt’ anni del S. Officio dell’ Inquisitione, di cui e’ stata sempre questa casa benemerita, e percio’ continuamente honorata de’ primi carichi di quel Tribunale”)
18.104.22.168.5. Elena Testaferrata, married Clemenzo Tabone, (Fiddien for descendants)
22.214.171.124. Pietro Testaferrata, , (“Fu’ Pietro di tanto credito, e stima presso al Sig. G. Maestro Garzes Principe nostro, per le sue virtuose, ed ottime qualita’, che ne volle far scelta, per purgar queste Citta’ di vagobondi, e d’atre persone malvagie, nocive al publico, con tale, e si ampia autorita’”) married 1572 Imperia Busutil, with issue
126.96.36.199.1 Pasquale Testaferrata, married 1608 to Antonia Muscat
188.8.131.52.1.1. Canonico D. Antonio (Antonino) Testaferrata, 'Sacerdote', dunm.
184.108.40.206.1.2. Dott. Col’ Antonio (Nicola Antonio) Testaferrata,
220.127.116.11.1.3. Policarpo Testaferrata, married Lauria Cassia
18.104.22.168.1.4. Veroncia Testaferrata, married Pietro Testaferrata (see above for descendants)
22.214.171.124.1.5. Domenica Testaferrata, married 1629 Valletta to Pasquale Caruana, with issue.
126.96.36.199.1.5.1. Pauline Caruana Testaferrata, married 1656 Tarxiem to Bartolomeo Bondi, with issue.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Giovanni Bondi, married (1) 1677 Tarxiem to Giovanna Bugeja, married (2) 1699 Cospicua to Anna Maria Mangion, with issue.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1. (First Marriage) Bartolomeo Bondi, married 1712 Zejtun to Caterina Xuereb, with issue.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.1.1. Giovanni Bondin, married 1759 Ghaxaq to Veneranda Baldacchino, with issue.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1.1.1. Grazio Bondi, married 1797 Ghaxaq to Caterina Mizzi Gafa, with issue.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Giuseppe Bondi, married 1823 Ghaxaq to Caterina Spagnol.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Grazia Bondi, married 1815 Ghaxaq to Salvatore Vella.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1.1.2. Giuseppe Bondi, married 1794 Ghaxaq to Orsola Bonnici.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.1.2. Clenete Bondi, married 1739 Cospicua to Domenica Vella, with issue.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1.2.1. Alessandro Bondi, married 1769 Zejtun to Annunziata Abela, with issue.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Salvu Bondi, married 1803 Zejtun to Caterina Spiteri, with issue.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1. Alessandro Bondi, married 1839 Zejtun to Caterina Attard, with issue.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1.1. Lorenzo Bondi, married 1868 Zejtun to Filomena Calleja, with issue.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1.1.1. Aloisio Bondi, married 1911 Zejtun to M'Consiglia Gatt, with issue.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Antonia Caruana Testaferrata, married 1663 Tarxiem to Tomaso Zammit.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Maria Caruana Testaferrata, married 1676 Tarxiem to Giuseppe Attard.
188.8.131.52.1.6. Cecilia Testaferrata
184.108.40.206.1.7. Bonaventura Testaferrata, 'Nun', dunm
220.127.116.11.1.8. Maria Testaferrata, married 1669 to Vincenzo Bonici, with issue (See Qlejjgha for descendants)
18.104.22.168.1.9. Caterina Testaferrata, married 1638 to Dr. Michele Sceberras
22.214.171.124.2. Lucrezia Testaferrata , married 1600 to Guiseppe Ebejer
126.96.36.199.3. Maddalena Testaferrata, married 1604 to Gio Simone Falsone
188.8.131.52.4. Agata Testaferrata, married 1614 to Bartolomeo Mifsud, with issue
184.108.40.206.5. Angelica Testaferrata, married 1606 to Giovanni Camenzuli, with issue
220.127.116.11.6. Petronilla Testaferrata, 'Nun', dunm.
18.104.22.168.7. Augustino Testaferrata, (1577-)
22.214.171.124.8. (Illegitimate) Lucia Testaferrata, (1580-)
126.96.36.199.9. (Illegitimate) Domenica Testaferrata, (1582-)
188.8.131.52.10. (Illegitimate) Marco Testaferrata, ( 1583-)
184.108.40.206.11. (Illegitimate) Britio Testaferrata, (1586-)
220.127.116.11.12. (Illegitimate) Gioanne Testaferrata, (1587-)
18.104.22.168.13. (Illegitimate) Cecilia (Sives Alessandra) Testaferrata, (1590-), married 1619 Valletta to Crispino Limiero.
22.214.171.124. Giacomo II Testaferrata (indicated by Abela as the “maggior di tutti I figli” but see footnote below)
126.96.36.199. Agata Testaferrata, married Matteo Vassallo, (“ Segreto di Malta”) with issue.
188.8.131.52.1 Canonico Don Francesco Vassallo,
184.108.40.206.2 Aurelio (Dottor di leggi) Vassallo,
220.127.116.11.3 Imperia Vassallo married Ambrogio Falsone (“della Notabile”)
18.104.22.168.4 Dianora Vassallo married Dottor Gio Maria Mamo
22.214.171.124. Girolama Testaferrata married Giovanni Pace, without surviving issue
126.96.36.199. Giovanella Testaferrata, married Antonino Vassallo, without surviving issue.
1.1.2. Tomaso Testaferrata , married 1545 to Imperia Gallo (“della Notabile”), with issue
188.8.131.52. Alfonso Testaferrata, (died 1592), married Margherita Firenzo, with issue
184.108.40.206.1. Tomaso Testaferrata, (1588-).
220.127.116.11.2. Pietro Testaferrata
18.104.22.168.3. Imperia Testaferrata, married 1592 to Antonio Fiteni, (See Fiteni in Extinct titles)
22.214.171.124.4. Elena Testaferrata, (1579-)
1.1.3. Simone Testaferrata, married to Maddalena de La Barba, with issue
126.96.36.199. Salvatore Testaferrata, (“esercito l’officio di Mastro’ di Sanita’ nel 1581 ch’ e’ cessato da alcuni anni in qua’ ne secolari, continuando nientedimeno la carica loro I due Cavalieri Commissarij di quel magistrate, come pur allora si costumava.”) married Laura Cilia, (See Cilia in Extinct titles for ancestry), with issue
188.8.131.52.1. Gasparo Testaferrata, (1566-), (“furono Gaspare, e Gioseffo ambidue concorsi, et eletti al carico di Giurato della Valletta “) married Paolina Tabone, with issue
184.108.40.206.1.1. Eleanora Testaferrata, married 1625 to Angelo Bonnici, with issue, (See Qlejjgha for descendants)
220.127.116.11.1.2. Grazia Testaferrata, married 1631 Valletta to Gio Paolo Borg of Naxxar.
18.104.22.168.1.3. Grazio Testaferrata, married (1) 1629 Valletta to Maria Pace, married (2) 1632 Axiak to Maria Bonavia.
22.214.171.124.1.4. Gio Simone Testaferrata, married 1647 Senglea to Lucrezia Buttigieg.
126.96.36.199.1.5. Sebastiano Testaferrata, married 1653 Senglea to Onorata Burlo.
188.8.131.52.1.6. Baldassare Testaferrata, married 1638 Axiak to Giovanna Bonnici.
184.108.40.206.2. Argentine Testaferrata, married 1585 to Dr Niccolo Cilia MD, with issue. (See Cilia in Extinct titles).
220.127.116.11.3. Imperia Testaferra, married 1589 to Bartolomeo Tabone, with issue,
18.104.22.168.4. Gioseffo Testaferrata, (1567-) (“furono Gaspare, e Gioseffo ambidue concorsi, et eletti al carico di Giurato della Valletta “)
22.214.171.124.5. (Illegitimate) Vittoria Testaferrata, (1585-)
126.96.36.199. Bartolomea Gioannella Testaferrata, married 1558 Vittoriosa to Alfsono Galea.
1.2. Pietro Testaferrata
1.3. Aloisea Capo di Ferro, married Francesco "Plotaplasti" Platamone, with issue.
Footnote #1: The Testaferrata tradition that Arfio Capo di Ferro sive Testaferrata was a descendant of the Capo di Ferro family recurs at various times. For example, see Abela (1647), the grant of Patrician of Messina (1792) and the 1878 Report where the Marchese Nicola Testaferrata de Noto is described in one of the claims as “Marquis Testaferrata, of the Ancient Princes Capo di Ferro, Charge d’Affairs Maltese”. According to Abela, the first Maltese member of this family regarded as a Nobleman was Mariano Testaferrata, resident in Vittoriosa.
Mattia Preti (1688): St. Paul defending Mdina during the siege of 1627. (Painting at Mdina Cathedral Chapter).
Note the heraldic flags on the bastions: (1) Flag of Malta; (2) Flag of King of Sicily. The shield is of the donor Canon Antonio Testaferrata (uncle of Baron Paolo Testaferrata)
Mariano Testaferrata, (1503-71), Patrican of Messina., Depositario of the Inquisition, (“Nobilis Marianus Testaferrata civis Victoriosa Civitatis”) married to Maddalena Coremasco Cassia, with issue.
1. Antonio Testaferrata, (indicated by Abela as the second son but see footnote below), married 1570 Bernardina Abela, (“sorella del Vescovo di Sidonia”) with issue
1.1. Paolo Testaferrata, Patrician of Rome, -See Below.
1.2. Bartolomeo Testaferrata, married 1613 to Maria Falsone, with issue
1.2.1. Pietro Testaferrata, married 1646 To Veronica Testaferrata (“con dispensatione Apostolica”) (See Below), with issue
188.8.131.52. Bernardina Testaferrata, married to Paolo Antonio Saliba, with issue.
184.108.40.206.1. Veronica Saliba, married 1701 to Guiseppe Abela, with issue
220.127.116.11.2. Veneranda Saliba
18.104.22.168.3. Policarpo Saliba, married Anna Manduca (See Manduca, Counts of), with issue
22.214.171.124.3.1. Angelica Rosa Saliba Manduca, married 1737 to Lorenzo Galea Feriol, 3rd Barone di San Marciano, with issue
1.2.2. Bartolomeo Testaferrata, married 1642 to Teresa Cassar, with issue
126.96.36.199. Maria Testaferrata, married 1664 to Dr Gio Paolo Sceberras, with issue
188.8.131.52.2. Margherita Sceberras, m. 20 Apr 1692 (S. Paolo, Valletta) to Nicola Emanuele Moscati, with issue.
1.2.3. Leonardo Testaferrata
1.3. Giovanni Testaferrata, married Clerica Gauci
1.3.1. Sacerdote F. Gio Batta Testaferrata (“professo in questa Sacra Religione nella Lingua d’Italia”), unmarried
1.3.2. Lorenzo Testaferrata, married 1651 to Vincenza Testaferrata de Robertis, .-See Below.
1.3.3. Carlo Testaferrata
1.3.4. Vincenzo Testaferrata, married Polixemia Bonici
1.4. Dott. Gio Domenico Testaferrata (“Il Dottor Don Gio Domenico Avvocato Fiscale per molt’ anni del S. Officio dell’ Inquisitione, di cui e’ stata sempre questa casa benemerita, e percio’ continuamente honorata de’ primi carichi di quel Tribunale”)
1.5. Elena Testaferrata, married Clemenzo Tabone, (Fiddien for descendants)
2. Pietro Testaferrata, , (“Fu’ Pietro di tanto credito, e stima presso al Sig. G. Maestro Garzes Principe nostro, per le sue virtuose, ed ottime qualita’, che ne volle far scelta, per purgar queste Citta’ di vagobondi, e d’atre persone malvagie, nocive al publico, con tale, e si ampia autorita’”) http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/nobility/PietroTestaferrata.html married 1572 Imperia Busutil, with issue
2.1 Pasquale Testaferrata, married 1608 to Antonia Muscat
2.1.1. Canonico D. Antonio (Antonino) Testaferrata, 'Sacerdote', dunm.
2.1.2. Dott. Col’ Antonio (Nicola Antonio) Testaferrata,
2.1.3. Policarpo Testaferrata, married Lauria Cassia
2.1.4. Veroncia Testaferrata, married Pietro Testaferrata (see above for descendants)
2.1.5. Domenica Testaferrata, married 1629 Valletta to Pasquale Caruana.
2.1.6. Cecilia Testaferrata
2.1.7. Bonaventura Testaferrata, 'Nun', dunm
2.1.8. Maria Testaferrata, married 1669 to Vincenzo Bonici, with issue (See Qlejjgha for descendants)
2.1.9. Caterina Testaferrata, married 1638 to Dr. Michele Sceberras
2.2. Lucrezia Testaferrata , married 1600 to Guiseppe Ebejer
2.2.1. Orlando Ebejer-Testaferrata, married Maria Cumbo
184.108.40.206. Ludovico Ebejer-Testaferrata, married 1670 to Anna Farrugia
220.127.116.11.1. Pricinda Ebejer-Testaferrata, married 1709 to Enrico Parnis
18.104.22.168.1.1. Gabriella Parnis, married 1746 to Teresa Caruana
22.214.171.124.1.1.1. Margherita Parnis, married 1784 to Guiseppe Spiteri
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Anton Spiteri
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. Aloisea Spiteri
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Concetta Spiteri
126.96.36.199. Giuseppe Ebejer Testaferrata, married Beatrice Bovorido, with issue
188.8.131.52.1. Anna Ebejer-Testaferrata, married 1717 Birgu to Antonio Pace, with issue.
184.108.40.206.1.1. Tomaso Pace Testaferrata, married 1749 Kirkop to Maria Mallia, with issue.
220.127.116.11.1.1.1. Domenica Evangelista Pace Testaferrata, married 1771 Zejtun to Giuseppe Cardona..
2.3. Maddalena Testaferrata, married 1604 to Gio Simone Falsone
2.4. Agata Testaferrata, married 1614 to Bartolomeo Mifsud, with issue
2.5. Angelica Testaferrata, married 1606 to Giovanni Camenzuli, with issue
2.6. Petronilla Testaferrata, 'Nun', dunm.
2.7. Augustino Testaferrata, (1577-)
2.8. (Illegitimate) Lucia Testaferrata, (1580-)
2.9. (Illegitimate) Domenica Testaferrata, (1582-)
2.10. (Illegitimate) Marco Testaferrata, ( 1583-)
2.11. (Illegitimate) Britio Testaferrata, (1586-)
2.12. (Illegitimate) Gioanne Testaferrata, (1587-)
2.13. (Illegitimate) Cecilia (Sives Alessandra) Testaferrata, (1590-), married 1619 Valletta to Crispino Limiero.
3. Giacomo II Testaferrata (indicated by Abela as the “maggior di tutti I figli” but see footnote below)
4. Agata Testaferrata, married Matteo Vassallo, (“ Segreto di Malta”) with issue.
4.1 Canonico Don Francesco Vassallo,
4.2 Aurelio (Dottor di leggi) Vassallo,
4.3 Imperia Vassallo married Ambrogio Falsone (“della Notabile”)
4.4 Dianora Vassallo married Dottor Gio Maria Mamo
5. Girolama Testaferrata married Giovanni Pace, without surviving issue
6. Giovanella Testaferrata, married Antonino Vassallo, without surviving issue.
Footnote #1: Mariano Testaferrata is regarded the progenitor of the two main lines of the Testaferrata family, viz. those descending from his sons Antonio and Giacomo. Many published sources including Abela (1647) regard Giacomo as the elder of the two. However, this has been the subject of some debate in recent years because their birth dates have so far, remained undocumented. According to “Date Order Sequence”, it results that Antonio was in fact older than Giacomo (See: The Testaferrata family (A reappraisal of the family’s early history), Giles Ash, Classic Press, Malta (undated) Abela introduces these lines as one being Patricians of Rome, the other being the Hereditary Knights.
Footnote#2: Abela (1647) does not mention the Dignity of Patrician of Messina granted to Mariano Testaferrata on the 20th December 1553. The Royal Commission (1878) dismissed this title as a mere municipal honour. But see http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/nobility/Testaferratapatricanships.htm http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/patricansofmessinatestaferrata.htm http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/Melita/reassessingpatrician.htmand http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/SME2/reassessmentofthemaltesenobility.html
Antonio’s line later received a second patriciate (of Rome) in 1590 as well as two nobiliary titles granted by the Grand Masters (Baron of Gomerino 1710, Most Illustrious and Noble, 1725). It also succeeded a Neapolitan Barony in 1695.
Giacomo’s line received a Marquisate in Naples (1716), another in Sicily (1717) but was also invested in the Magistral title of Baron of Tabria in 1782, originally granted to the Viani family in 1728). The claim to the Barony of Culeja granted to the Bonnici family in 1737, arose only after 1798.
In 1792, both lines, by then subdivided into 4 distinct lines, were confirmed in the 1553 Patricianship.
* (line of Antonio, son of Mariano) Paolo Testaferrata, Patrician of Rome, (“Dottor di leggi, che dal Sacro Senato di Roma fu’ fatto Cittadino, e Patrizio Romano con tutti I suoi discendenti,”) married firstly 1596 to Marietta Cumbo, married secondly 1606 to Enziona Guevara.
1. (First mariage) Fabritio Testaferrata (c 1598-1674), married 1655 to Speranza Xara Cagliares, (Abela (page 535) gives Fabrizio’s wife as Caterinuzza Cassar but Cassar Desain (page 102) shows that in fact Fabritio was married to Speranza daughter of Pietro Xara and Antonia Cagliares (sister of the Bishop of Malta, Baldassare Cagliares) from whom he had issue
1.1. Paolo Testaferrata (c 1656-1713), 1st Barone di Gomerino (joint),, married 1674 to Beatrice Cassia, Baroness di Castel Cicciano and joint Baroness of Gomerino, (Beatrice was granted the right to be styled “Most Illustrious and Noble” – See below)
1.2. Leonora Testaferrata, married Carlo Falzone, with issue (Eleonora and Carlo were granted the right to be styled “Most Illustrious and Noble” – See below)
Footnote#1: The Dignity of Roman Patrician was granted jointly to Monsignor Don Leonardo Abela, Bishop of Sidonia, Placido and Alessandro Abela his brothers, and upon his three nephews ex sorore Pietro di Ferro, Ascanio Surdo and Paolo Testaferrata on the 11 June 1590 by the Roman Senate. However, the 1878 Commissioners dismissed this dignity on the same grounds as the title of Patrician of Messina (see above). See also http://www.maltagenealogy.com/SME/abela.html
Footnote#2: From a reading of the 1878 Report, it appears that of the six persons asserting a claim in 1878 to this dignity, not all were descended in the male-to-male line of the (joint) grantee from whom they were claiming. Whilst it is clear that the Testaferrata claimants were claiming by virtue of their agnatial descent from Paolo Testaferrata, it is unclear whether the basis of the other claimants was also being made in virtue of a female descent from Paolo Testaferrata or from another (female) descent from one of the other original (joint) grantees. 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#3: 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) (??) See also: http://www.maltagenealogy.com/SME/mostillustriousandnoble.html
Footnote#4: The title of Barone di Gomerino was created by Grand Master Perellos, by a patent dated 24th December 1710, and granted to Paolo Testaferrata and Beatrice Cassia, his wife, with succession to one of their legitimate and natural descendents for ever. They were invested in 1711. Succession to the title was not complete until the successor was invested.
Footnote #5: The Grand Masters created a number of titles which contemplated the right to nominate a successor. e.g. Gomerino (Testaferrata et Cassia - 1710), Budack (De Piro- 1716), San Marciano (Galea Feriolo - 1726), Tabria (Viani - 1728), Culeja (Bonnici - 1737), and Marsa (Castelletti – 1725). The faculty to nominate a successor was effective only if sanctioned by the Grand Master. See http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/titlesdisposablebynomination.htm
The 1878 Report shows that the Royal Commissioners did not allow private transactions to over-rule the requirement of sovereign sanction. “It is hardly necessary to remark that such cession would be legally void, it being a settled point of feudal law that titles of nobility cannot be alienated and conveyed to other persons by deed of transaction between private parties, and without the sovereign’s sanction:. 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.).See http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/marchesedisangiorgio.htm
The Report describes instances of private nominations effected during the Government of the Grandmasters, which were regarded as valid only with the Sovereign’s assent. E.g. in the case of the title of Barone di Castel Cicciano, Royal assent was required for the 1695 transaction in favour of Fabritio Testaferrata and was in fact given in 1695, similarly in the case of Conte di Mont' Alto, Royal assent was required for succession of the first count’s nominated successor and was in fact achieved in 1724.
In an analogous case not determined by the Commissioners, the disherision by Mario Testaferrata de Robertis of his eldest son made in Palermo on the 16th April 1758 was not regarded as having any effect on the title of Marchese di San Vincenzo Ferreri. See also William Loftie “One of the claimants asserted that the eldest branch of the family was disinherited by the original grantee, and one might have supposed the Commission quite capable of deciding how far such an act of disinheritance would be valid in the case of an hereditary title”. -William John Loftie’s “A ride in Egypt, from Sioot to Luxor” (1879) Chapter I.
Other instances not described in the Report but which are similar in meaning are: , the case of Barone di Gomerino, where Royal assent was required for the 1734 transaction in favour of Ercole Martino Testaferrata and was in fact given in 1737, and the case of Barone della Tabria, where Royal assent was required for the 1784 renunciation in favour of Giuseppe Testaferrata Viani and was in fact given in 1784.
The policy of succession of titles as far as the British Government was concerned was stated in 1878 by the British Secretary of State for the Colonies writing to the Governor of Malta in 1878 to be “either personal to the holder of a particular fief, or descends in order of primogeniture to be tenable only by the eldest male descendant”. 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.). According to Maltese legislation (Code de Rohan) to succeed in primogenitures, one must consider, in the first place, the line, in the second place, the degree, in the third place, the sex, and in the fourth place the age. In those claims determined by the Commissioners, it appears that they applied the principle of computing from the grantee. E.g. in their remarks about Angiolino Attard (Benwarrad) being the ‘first-born descendent in the primogenial line from the grantee’, and in regard to Pietro Paolo Galea (San Marciano) who had a ‘descent from Barone Diego Antonio Galea Ferriol, and the regular transmission of the title through the first born male descendents, successively down to his person’
Some of these grants allow primogenial succession through the female line. Thus in regard to the title of Barone della Tabria that in that grant ‘it is provided that in default of male issue the title is inheritable by female descendents. Consequently, although the then claimant Dr. Giuseppe Testaferrata Viani only descended from the grantee through a female line, he was nonetheless entitled to enjoy that barony.
Footnote #6: On the other hand, however, it appears ever since after the Government of the Order of St, John, a practice to ‘nominate’ a successor by a will has become accepted even though no assent is received from the Sovereign. E.g. in the case of Barone di Gomerino, in 1827 the barone Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela ‘nominated’ by a will his younger son, in the case of Barone della Tabria, the marchese Giuseppe Testaferrata Viani ‘nominated’ his younger nephew by means of a will made in 1892, in the case of Barone di San Marciano, the barone Calcedonio Galea Feriolo also willed in 1908 a ‘nomination’ in favour of his daughter in lieu of his son. Moreover, the Maltese Courts appear to have had no difficulty in (then) accepting the principle of a ‘nomination’ without ratification from the Sovereign (In particular see judgments of 1882 (Gomerino), 1885 (Budack,) and 1894 (Tabria,). The use of a mere testamentary disposition, that is to say without seeking the Sovereign’s ratification, appears to be founded on the Budack judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal dated 7 January 1885 which said: “l’obbligo di chiedere l’investitura e di fare omaggio non era nella Bolla del Gran Maestro imposto sotto pena di decadenza del titolo e sotto il Governo successivo, l’obbligo medesimo ando’ completamente in disuso rispetto a tutti i titoli di nobilta’ conceduti dai Gran Maestri”.
Footnote #7: The Magistral grants which provide for the power of nomination also provide for a mechanism whereby the relative title is succeeded by the person determinable as per the following formulae thus: (Barone di Gomerino): facoltatem nominandi et eligendi unum ex dictis eorum descendentibus sive marem sive foeminanam, ad ipsorumet libitum et beneplacitum, pro hujusmodi titulo Baronis Gomerini consequendo et adipiscendo, dictaque nominatione et electione minime facta, ex tunc censeatur per eosdem eorumque singulos barones, nominatus et electus ipsorum Primogenitus, nisi eri ad Sacros Ordines promotus et in Religione professus et in defectu marium foemina primogenita; (Barone di Budack:-) Hoc etiam addito, quod in casu tui vel tuorum in infinitum decessus, absque ulla nominatione vel electione dictui tituli seu Baroniae, ex nunc censeatur nominatus et electus Primogenitus, nisi erit ad sacros Ordines promotus et in Religione professus, et in defectu marium foemina primogenita....; (Barone di San Marciano:-) Et in casu tui vel tuorum in infinitum decessus, absque ulla nominatione vel electione successoris in dicto titulo, ex nunc censeatur nominatus et electus primogenitus nisi erit ad sacros ordines promotus, aut in religione professus, et in defectu marium, foemina primogenita... (Barone della Tabria: -) Et in casu tui vel tuorum in infinitu decessus absque ulla nominatione vel elctione successoris in dicto titulo, ex nunc censeatur nominatus et electus primogenitus, nisi erit ad sacros ordines promotus et in religione professus, et in defectu marium, foemina primogenita..." (For Culeja , seeTabria and forBenwarrad see San Marciano). - A question which may be debated is whether the mechanism means calculating the successor from the original grantee or from the last ‘possessor’. According to case law of the Privy Council of the House of Lords, it appears that the correct application is to calculate from the grantee, not the last possessor. Thus in determining who is to succeed in the default of a nomination, one has to assess the descent from the original grantee unless the instrument specifically provides otherwise (or is amended).
Footnote #8: In terms of a decision of the 10th February 1883 (Strickland vs Apap) (Ref: 8 A.C.106), any ‘nomination’ may not operate to displace the order of vocation or preference expressly prescribed by the previous parts of the deed nor may one interpret the remainder against the principles of primogeniture that line is to be preferred to degree and age. In default of actual nomination, the primogenitus is to be deemed nominated: censeatur nominatus. The natural meaning of that expression is that this imported or supposed nomination is to be of the same nature as the real nomination might have been. The limit of line must be taken to apply to devolution in the absence of nomination. See also http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/contedellacatena.htm In this way, one is precluded from determining succession from the last ‘possessor’ as otherwise it would make a nonsense of the original grant made out in favour of the grantees. The Sicilian argument that one should compute from the last possessor was delivered a final blow by the same Privy Council (Ref: No. 150 1923) in its decision of the 20th January 1926 (Cassar Desain/Testaferrata Moroni Viani) when it dismissed that claim saying “It is a satisfaction to the Board to feel that they are justified by authority in doing so, for that conclusion seems to them to be alone consonant with principle and right. The consequences of the view adopted by both Courts in Malta are indeed devastating. Their decision means that any failure by a beneficiary from whatever interested motive to claim primogenial property that property is at the mercy of any person whether within or without the vocations who succeeds in obtaining possession of it. He may hold it as against all comers even those next in the vocation freed and discharged from all primogenial obligations precise and serious as in this case they are. A more complete frustration of founders’ intentions as set forth in such an instrument of foundation as that here in question can hardly be conceived.”
If a will is invalid (or simply not made), then the succession is regulated by the terms of the grant: thus in the case of Barone di Budack, a series of testamentary nominations made between 1874 and 1875 by the Baronessa Francesca Depiro in favour of a junior relative were declared invalid by reason of her incapacity of mind throughout that period and the title was deemed to have been succeeded by the more senior descendant of the grantee.
In a judgment delivered on the 4 October 1894 regarding one of these titles (Tabria ) the Maltese Civil court went to great lengths to outline the importance of the preciseness of the language used in regard to the grantee and the restrictiveness of the words employed.
Footnote #9: During the period 1883-1975, the British Colonial Administration adopted a practice of issuing ‘warrants of recognition’ issued ‘without prejudice to a decision of a competent court of law’: These warrants cannot be regarded as supplementing the terms of the original grants. In this regard, it is worth recalling the words of the British Secretary of State: “With reference to the question which the Commissioners have very properly raised in their original report, viz. whether acts of presumed recognition under the British Government, such as the issue of a passport from the Foreign Office to a gentleman, in which he is styled baron, or count, or marquis, or the mention of a similar title in a Despatch from a Secretary of State, or in a Government notice or other official document emanating from the Governor of the Colony, may be taken to have revived or perpetuated a title which has become extinct, or was otherwise without legal support, I feel able to give no other answer than that all such acts are altogether valueless for that purpose, and cannot be taken to have conferred, revived, perpetuated or confirmed any dignity which did not already rest upon an independent legal basis. It is only necessary to point out to you that no public officer, not even a Secretary of State, has the power of conferring titles of honour, for which the personal sanction of Her Majesty is each case is necessary; and even assuming such acts to have been done by British officials with full knowledge that the titles were non-existent, their want of power would prevent these acts of supposed recognition from having the slightest effect”. (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.) (See Letter dated 30 April 1878 from the Secretary of State for the Colonies Hicks-Beach to Governor van Straubanzee (Report page 59-60)).
Footnote #10: Regarding the title of Barone di Cicciano (Castel Cicciano) see http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/baronedicastelcicciano.htm
* (line of Giacomo, son of Mariano) Giacomo II Testaferrata (“ascritto al servigio militare della Cavalleria.”), died 1588, married 1560 to Vincenza Pace Cumbo, with issue
1.Gian-Tomaso Testaferrata, (ch’ esercito molt’ anni il carico di Giurato, e per il tempo solito quello di Sindaco dell’ Universita’ di Malta nel Regno di Sicilia, & altri honorevoli officij del publico) married 1608 to Elena de Robertis, with issue.
1.1 Giacomo Testaferrata de Robertis- Giacomo Testaferrata de Robertis, Capitano della Verga of Malta-1636-37, (“fu’ Capitano della Citta’ Notabile, poscia Giudice della medesima nelle cause civili per piu’ anni”) Noble Tornearius and Armiger of the Holy Roman Empire, married Teodora Bonnici, with issue
1.1.1. Mario Testaferrata de Robertis, (1654-1747), 1st Marquis of San Vincenzo Ferreri, (Cr: 1716), 1st Marchese Testaferrata. (1717), “Most Illustrious and Noble” (See below) married Firstly 1677 to Anna de Noto Cumbo, with issue. Married Secondly 1697 to Elisabetta Castelletti, with issue. Married thirdly 1727 to Alticunda Vassallo Castelletti, with issue
18.104.22.168. (First Marriage) Marchese Enrico Testaferrata de Noto, 2nd Marquis of San Vincenzo Ferreri and Testaferrata, Married 1730 to Felicita Cassar Desain, with issue
22.214.171.124.1 Donna Saveria Testaferrata., d.inf.
126.96.36.199.2.Marchese Gregorio Testaferrata., d.inf.
188.8.131.52. 3.Marchese Daniele Testaferrata,
184.108.40.206.4.Marchese Pandolfo Testaferrata de Noto, 1st Marquis Testaferrata Olivier.-See Testaferrata Olivier.
220.127.116.11.5. Donna Asteria Testaferrata, married 15th Baron di Djar-il-Bniet, with issue.
18.104.22.168. (Second Marriage) Marchese Gilberto Testaferrata Castelletti, 1st Marquis 'Testaferrata-Castelletti'.-.. (See Testaferrata Castelletti for all descendants)
22.214.171.124. Donna Pulcheria Testaferrata Castelletti, married Pietro Antonio Testaferrata dei Baroni di Castel Cicciano.
126.96.36.199. (Third Marriage) Marchese Gregorio Testaferrata Vassallo, (1740-...), dunm.
188.8.131.52. Donna Anna Teresa Testaferrata Vassallo, (1742-), married 1770 to Cmdr. Martino dei Conti Preziosi.
1.1.2. Camilla Testaferrata, maried 1673 to Nott. Giuseppe Cagnano JUD.
1.1.3. Leonora Testaferrata, dunm.
1.1.4. Maria Rose Testaferrata, married 1679 to Paolo Cassar
184.108.40.206. (illegitimate with a Knight of Malta) Anna de Testaferrata, married 1690 Valletta to Francesco Martin.
1.1.5. (illegitimate) Teresa Testaferrata, married 1668 Cospicua to Francesco Grabat
1.2. Vincenza Testaferrata de Robertis, married 1651 to Lorenzo Testaferrata, with issue
1.2.2. Gio Batta Testaferrata, married 1692 to Maria Sceberras, with issue.
220.127.116.11. Margherita Testaferrata, married 1719 to Gabriele Haxisa, with issue.
18.104.22.168. Maddalena Testaferrata, married 1721 to Gaspare Dandolina (See Inguanez for ancestry), with issue.
22.214.171.124.1. Maria Dandalona, married 1747 to Pio Vidal, with issue
126.96.36.199.1.1. Rosa Vidal Testaferrata, married 1768 to Dr Guiseppe Vella, with issue.
188.8.131.52.1.1.1. Emmanuele Vella Testaferrata, married 1826 to Helena Perini, with issue.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. Dr Filippo Vella, married 1858 Rosa Cacciutolo
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1. Elena Vella, married 1880 to Carmelo dei Marchese Alessi, with issue.-See Taflia, for descendants.
126.96.36.199.1.1.2. Vincenzo Vella, married 1842 Valletta to Maddalena Falzon.
188.8.131.52.1.1.3. Nicola Vella, married 1835 Valletta to Anna Pace.
184.108.40.206.1.1.4. Maria Vella, married 1820 Valletta to Paolo Reno Carcas.
220.127.116.11.1.1.5. Francesco Vella, married 1829 Valletta to Felice Xerri.
18.104.22.168.1.1.6. Gio Battista Vella, married 1804 Valletta to Vincenza Flamingo, with issue.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Abela Vella, married 1848 Valletta to Giovanna Vidal (d/o Ignazio and Maria Anna Mallia).
188.8.131.52.1.2. Giovanni Vidal Dandalona, married 1781 to Catarina Andre, with issue.
184.108.40.206.1.2.1. Francesca Vidal Dandalona, married Salvatore Vella, with issue.
220.127.116.11.1.2.2. Emanuele Vidal, married 1830 Valletta to Carmela Spiteri, with issue.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Angelo Vidal, married 1862 Valletta to Carmela Agius.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Maria Vidal, married 1812 Valletta to Emmanuele Laferla.
184.108.40.206.1.3. Francesco Vial Dandalona, married 1797 to Barbara Farrugia.
220.127.116.11.1.4. Paolo Vial Dandalona
18.104.22.168. Don. Gio Batta Dandalona, dunm
22.214.171.124. Teresa Dandalona, married 1772 to Dr. Tomaso Gatt LLD, with issue
126.96.36.199. Anna Maria Testaferrata, married 1747 Matrice Gozo to Giuseppe Marchese.
1.2.3. Rosanna Testaferrata, married 1688 to Leonardo Montalto, with issue.
1.2.4. Clara Testaferrata, married 1679 to Dr Carlo Bonici, with issue.
1.3. Fr. Eugenio Testaferrata de Robertis, dunm. (“il Dottor Don Eugenio prima Canonico della Cattedrale di Siracusa, indi Arcidiacono di questa Melivetana”)
1.4. Fr. Aldovandino Testaferrata, dunm. Knight of the Order of Saint John (elected 7 June 1631) (“Frat’ Aldrovandino Cavaliere del Signor Gran Maestro per autorita’ (suprema nella eligione) del Capitolo Generale.”)
1.5. Silvestrino “sives Vincenzo” Testaferrtata, married (1) Veronica Testaferrata (See Above), married (2) Nobile Silvia dei Baroni Sanchetta., with issue
1.5.1. (First Marriage) Basileo Testaferrata, married 1649 Valletta to Francesca di de Lodura.
1.5.2. (Second Marriage) Cesare Testaferrata de Sanchetta, married 1657 Senglea to Maruzza Mifsud, with issue.
188.8.131.52. Teresa Testaferrata de Sanchetta, married 1676 to Vincenzo Vancell, with issue.
1.5.3. Geronimo Testaferrata de Sanchetta, married 1657 Senglea to Donna Maria d'Daniele.
1.6. Faustina Testaferrata, married 1651 to Carlo Testaferrata (See Above)
1.7. (illegitimate) Anna Testaferrata, “Bastarda di Giacche detto sponsulizio sequi nell abazia delli Orfanelli”., married 1609 at Valletta to Giovanni Bea of France.
2. Gio Matteo Testaferrata, (1582-), married to Marta N, with issue.
2.1. Basilio Testaferrata, married (1) to Onorata Barbara, married (2) 1677 Gudia to Nobilis Maria Schembri.
3. Fr Mariano Testaferrata
4. Giovanella Testaferrata, married 1593 to Gio Paolo Cuzkeri,with issue.-See Extinct Titles-Frigenuini.
5. Vincenza Testaferrata, married 1602 to Michele Allegritto, with issue.
6. Marfiglica Testaferrata, married 1600 to Giacomo Farrugia, with issue.
7. (Illegitimate) Maria Testaferrata.)
Footnote#1: For more information on the grant moto proprio Emperor Ferdinand III on the 6 November 1637, see http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/hereditaryknightsofhre.htm
Footnote#2: Mario Testaferrata was also exempted from the aforesaid Pragmatic dated 30th April 1725 (see above). This exception is the basis for proving to the 1878 Commissioners 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 . See http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/baronedidjarilbniet.htm for Djar il-Bniet and Buqana, http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/baronedicastelcicciano.htm for Castel Cicciano and http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/marchesedisanvincenzoferreri.htm for San Vincenzo Ferreri.
Footnote #3: The title of Marchese Testaferrata was granted to Mario Testaferrata by the King of Sicily and Duke of Savoy on the 13 July 1717. However, the 1878 Commissioners dismissed this title as never recognized by the Government of the Order of Saint John in Malta. See also http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/marchesetestaferrata.htm http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/Melita/MoredocumentationTestaferrata.htm http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/SME2/MarioTestaferrata.html and http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/SME2/reassessmentofthemaltesenobility.html
Footnote #4: Regarding the title of Marchese di San Vincenzo Ferreri see http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/marchesedisanvincenzoferreri.htm and http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/cassardesain.htm
Footnote #5: Regarding the role of the Marchesi Mario, Pandolfo and Nicolo Testaferrata during the period 1798-1814 http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/SME2/Britishagenda.html http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/SME2/muddiedchampion.html
Footnote #6: Regarding the title of Patrician of Messina , see notes above.
Footnote#3: Mario Testaferrata was also exempted from the aforesaid Pragmatic dated 30th April 1725 (see above). This exceptions forms the basis
Titled, De Jures and Heirs.
· Patrizii di Messina (1553): (Does not qualify for purposes of 1878 Commission): See http://www.maltagenealogy.com/SME/marianotestaferrata.html
· Patrizii di Messina (1792): (Does not qualify for purposes of 1878 Commission) See http://www.maltagenealogy.com/SME/mariotestaferrata.html
· Patrizii di Roma (1590): (Does not qualify for purposes of 1878 Commission) http://www.maltagenealogy.com/SME/abela.html
· Noble Tornearii and Armigers of the Holy Roman Empire(1637): (Does not qualify for purposes of 1878 Commission) http://www.maltagenealogy.com/SME/testaferrataderobertis.html
· Baroni di Castel Cicciano (1695) See Castel Cicciano (Foreign)
· Baroni di Gomerino (1710) See Gomerino )
· Marchesi San Vincenzo Ferreri (1716): See San Vincenzo Ferreri (Foreign)
· Marchesi Testaferrata (1717): See Marchese Testaferrata. (Foreign)
· Illustrissimi e Nobili (1725): See http://www.maltagenealogy.com/SME/mostillustriousandnoble.html
· * Successors: (see above)
Other titles enjoyed by the Testaferrata family (brackets show family of origin)
Baroni dellaTabria (Viani, 1728)
Baroni della Culeja (Bonnici, 1737)
Other titles/dignities which so far have not been determined:
“Two similar diplomas of Roman Patricians are mentioned in the Committee list, dated respectively the 6th July 1674 and the 4th July 1744, the former grant being claimed by Emmanuel Testaferrata Asciack (See San Vincenzo Ferreri ) and by Lorenzo Cassar Desain (See Cassar Desain) ……... No proof or document whatever having been produced concerning these grants, such claims cannot be consequently allowed.” 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.) (See Report Para. 240)).
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