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The Noble Family of Gatto, who held the fief of Deyr il Bniet (1350 (1st grant),1372 (2nd grant), 1397 (investiture)), the fief of Chimesia  (1397 (regrant), both fiefs described by Abela as baronies together with the third fief/barony of Bucane (1404 investiture in Abela’s opinion probably referring to an earlier grant of 1372 in favour of the Murina family)

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This family is listed as a noble family in “Descrittione di Malta” (1647).
Moreover this family was later to be granted the titles of Barone di Benuarrat (1737), Illustrissimo e Nobile (1737), Conte di Beberrua (1783). In 1878, the possession, then in the Damico family, of the fief of Djar el Bniet together with that of Bucana was regarded as a basis of a title of Barone personal to the holder of those fiefs.

succession of the Barony of Djar il-Bniet;


Updated 16-09-2011.

“Nobilissima, non meno, ch’ antica e’ stata in Malta questa Casa, ricca di feudi, e d’altri beni stabili, come altresi adorna di principali cariche, e titolo denotanti la sua maggioranza; essendo che Cicco, o sia Francesco Gatto ritrovandosi Castellano del Castello di Malta, vacante allora il feudo di Deyr il Bniet per estintione in quest’ isola della famiglia Bava, fu’ dal Re’ Ludovico onorato di detto feudo per lui, e suoi legittimi eredi discendenti da esso, come si legge nel privilegio speditogli in Messina a4 di Gennaro 1350. Sotto il medesimo giorno esso Re’ privilegiando l’istesso Cicco, e Lanza suo figliuolo, con le seguenti parole, Considerantes fidem puram, & devotionem sinceram, quas Chiccus Gattos Castellanus Castri Insula Meliveti, & Lances Gattus filius eius fideles nostri erga Maiestatem nostram geffurent, & gerunt fatis fideliter, & devote’; nec non grata obsequia per eos culmini nostro praestare poterunt in futurum, auctore Domino, gratiora, qua remuneratione maxima digna sunt, concede loro, & a’ gl’ eredi in perpetuo l’estentione da I pagamenti per tutto il Regno, che si dovessero alla regia Corte, ne piu’, ne meno, come se fussero Cittadino Messinesi. Il quel privilegio fu’ poscia per un altro confermato, e conceduto di nuovo dal Re’ Federico alla domanda di Lanza, nominandolo come segue: Notum fieri volumes universes, tam praesentibus, quam futuris, quod Iudex Lancea de Gatto de Melivento, familiaris, & fidelis noster praesens coram nostrae Maiestatis aspectu contult, & praesentavit Curiae nostrae quddam privilegium, etc Serenissimi Principis Domini Ludovici dicti Regni Regis Illustris charissimi fraters nostris bon, memor & c la cui data fu’ in Malta, ritrovandosi quivi in persona il detto Re’ a’ 12 di Novembre del 1372 concedentogli parimente, e per la linea de’ discendenti da lui il feudo di Deyr il Binet, ch’era vacato per morte di Cicco suo padre, sotto servigio d’un cavallo, come si ravvisa ancora per un altro suo real diploma dato pure in Malta sotto il medesimo giorno. Di questo Lanza Gatto si fa’ memoria in publica scrittura, & atti di Notaro Nicolo’ Cordaro sotti il 2 di Agosto del medesimo anno, ov’ e’ enominato regio Preposito di quest’ Isole. Doppo la di lui morte, succede’ nel feudo Francesco Gatto suo figluolo, e ne fu’ investito dal Re’ Martino in Catania a’ 14 di Febraio 1397, e nell’istesso giorno l’uno e l’altro Martino Regi d’Aragona, e di Sicilia gli donarano per lui, e suoi eredi legittimamente discendenti dal suo corpo, il feudo della Chimisia, iure Francorum, sotto il militar servigio del cavallo confermandogli la concessione o’ sia approvazione di detto feudo a’ suo favour data da D. Guglielmo Ramondo de Moncata, in tempo, ch’ era con giusto titolo possessore di Malta, narrando Francesco, che I suoi Antenati anco prima erano padroni di detto feudo; ma che per le turbolenza delel guerre fin allora occorse in Malta, si erano casualmente perduti I privilegi de’ suoi predecessori, insieme con altri beni, e robbe, che per forza, Artale d’Alagona con le sue, haveva fatto trasportare dentro il Castello, & ivi ritenere violentemente, occupate in poter di lui, allora ribelle. Viene Francesco in questo privilegio nominato in tal modo, cioe’ Prasens in Curia nostra dilectus Algazirus, et Consiliarius, familiaris, et fidelis noster Franciscus Gattus de Civitaate Meliveti Miles. La qual investiture, e nuova concessione, si dice farsi in riguardo de I grati, & accetti servigi da lui fatti alle loro Maesta’, praesertim noviter in recuperatione dictae Civitatis Meliveti, in qua personam suam multis exponendo periculis impavide’ laboravit, quae praestat ad praesens, etc, e come piu’ largamente apparisce in detto privilegio spedito in Catania a’ 14 di Feb, 1397. Pochi anni appresso, il medesimo Francesco havendo (oltre le due gia’ dette Baronie) quella ancora di Bucane, che gli apparteneva come marito di Paola di Castelli (originata al parer nostro dalla famiglia Murina, per essere stato donato questo feudo l’anno 1372 dal Re’ Federico a’ Guglielmo Murina Maltese) e non ritrovandosi haver figluoli maschi, ma solamente una femmina; ottenne gratia dal predetto Re’ Martino di poter lasciare li feudi nel modo infrascritto, cioe’ che venendo a’ morte senza figli legittimamente discendenti dal suo corpo, potesse donare anco nell’estremo di sua vita, ad un fratello, o’ ad altri suoi consanguinei discendenti da suoi padre, e madre li due feudi, come di sopra havuti da suoi progenitori, o’ da loro acquistati: e che il feudo di Bucane dotale della moglie, havesse ella facolta’ (in caso di morte parimente senza eredi dal corpo suo) di lasciare si’ al marito, come a’ quei della parentela discendenti da suoi genitori, o’ a’ quelli della di lui stirpe, secondo piu’ direttamente si legge nel privilegio spedito in Catania l’anno 1404, a’ 15 d’Aprile, nel quale in tal guisa vien egli qualificato, e nominato, cioe’ Praesentis itaq, privilegii serie notum fieri volumes tam praesentibus, quam futuris, quo ad humilem supplicationem per dilectum Consiliarium nostrum Franciscum Gattum de Insula Meliveti miltem, nostris culminisbus inde fastam, nouise afferentem fa unicam domtaxa habere filiam de eius corpore legittime’ descendente, etc. La quale unica figluola, ch’ haveva nome Imperia, fu’ collocate in matrimonio con Antonio Desguanez, e tra gl’altri figluoli essedogli nato uno che si chiamo Francesco; fu’ questi dall’Avo Francesco Gatto istituito nel suo testamento erede particolare nel feudo di Chimesia, con espresso patto, e conditione (accio’ non venisse ad estinguersi in tutto il proprio cognomen) ch’egli dovesse portare quello di Gatto con Desguanez insiememente, e l’arme: onde poi per molti anni appresso, I discendenti, e successori da lui, usavano il cognome de Gatt’ Inguanez, e l’arme unite dell’ una, e l’altra casa, secondo si ravvisa in piu’ luoghi della Citta’. Passarano in tal modo li tre feudi nella famiglia Desguanez, due de’ quali ella fin hoggi gode, cioe’ Bucane, e Deyr il Binet; e l’altro della Chimesia, essendo pervenuto a Donna Perna figluola del predetto Francesco Gatt’ Inguanes, entro nella casa Guevara per il di lei matrimonio (come crediamo) con Matteo di questo cognomen, che lo troviamo chiamato Barone di esso feudo nel 1516 poscia nella famiglia Bell’ homo di Siracusa, per esserci indi con Perna ammogliato Cosmo Bell’ Homo intorno all’ anno 1526 doppo ch’ ella era stata anche prima consorte d’Ortensio Spatafora; ippreso in quella d’Inbo; e finalmente comprato dal Sig. Gran Maestro de Paula, fu’ dal medesimo applicator alla sua fondatione di galee. I dianzi nominato Francesco Gatto milite, padre d’Imperia, fu’ creato Capitano di Malta, e Gozo per lo spatio di Cinque anni, come si dimostra per la sua provisione data in Palermo a’ 16 d’Ottobre del 1403. Nel 1417 egli fondo’ la Chiesa di S. Agata dentro la nostra Citta’, co’ l ricco beneficio di Giuspadronato da servirsi per tre Canonici della Cattedrale nell’ obbligo di celebrarvisi una messa in ogni giorno vicendevolmente, con volere, che la nominatione de I tre Canonici spettasse ad Imperia sua figluola, & erede, & a’ gli’ eredi di lei in perpetuo; hoggi pero’ vien servita da un Beneficiato, che si deputa a’ presentatione de I padroni. Visse questo Francesco fin dopo l’anno 1431 nel quale fu’ dal Re’ Alfonso provisione data in Barcelona a’ 17 d’Aprile creato la seconda volta Capitano di Malta, quando egli in servigio di quella Maesta’, e della sua regia Classe fece alla sua proprie spese armare una ben spedita galea. Nel 1419, l’istesso essercito’ l’officio di Giurato, e nell’ anno appresso del 1420 fu’ eletto dal Consiglio della Citta (nominandolo nobilis miles) in compagnia di Ludovico de Plozasco, accio’ a’ nome, e per parte di tutta l’Universita’ di Malta chiedesse dal regio Commissario, allora venuto in quest’ isola alcune cose, che riguardavano il pubblico interesse del Popolo. Gerardo Gatto leggiamo Giurato l’anno 1404 & 1407 il quale stimiamo sia stato fratello di Francesco, e di cui benche non si esprima il nome, si fa’ mentione nel predetto privilegio di poter disporre i feudi dato appunto nell’istesso anno 1404 ” (From Abela’s “Della Descrittione di Malta del Commendatore Abela” (1647))

 

 

THE GENEALOGY OF THE GATTO FAMILY:-

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Last Update 12-02-2012.

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The union of different families who possessed the two fiefs in the 14/15th century.

 

 

 * Milite Lanza Gatto of Palermo, Sicily, stationed in Malta, married to Nobile Eleanore di Solimella, with issue.

 

1. Francesco Gatto - See Below.

 

* Francesco (Cicco) Gatto, (died 1372), “1st Baron” of Djar-il-Bniet, (Cr:1350 being the date of creation subsequently attributed in 1878 by reason of a custom in regard to the lands “Djar il-Bniet”  granted in fief by Francesco Gatto and to the heirs of his body by Louis, King of Sicily (House of Aragon), on the 4th January 1350),  married Sophie dei Baroni Bava, and has issue
 

1.Lanza Gatto, “2nd Baron”-See Below.
2. John Gatto, (Created: 'Familiaritas of the Royal Household' 1369 Messina - (Reference: Documentary Sources of Maltese History - Part II - Documents in the State Archives Palermo; No 1. Cancelleria Regia 1259 -1400: edited by Stanley Fiorini, Malta University Press 1999, page 35), moved to Sicily with descendants whom styled 'Nobile'., married Elvira Mundellus, with issue.
2.1. Antonia Gatto, married Noble Gerardo Gatto (See Below), with issue.
2.2. Sophia Gatto, married Noble Carlo Gatto (See Below), with issue
2.3. Grazia Gatto, married Guglielmo Gatto, with issue (See Below)
2.4. Eleanore Gatto, married Lanza Girbinus.
3. Michele Gatto, with descendants primarily in Malta, married Sophia Mundellus., with issue.
3.1. Guglielmo Gatto, (c.1418-19 Militia List), married Grazia Gatto, with issue
3.1.1. Fra. Cicco Gatto.
3.1.2. Fra. Johannes Gatto.
3.1.3. Grazia Gatto, married
Paganimu Cuzkeri.
3.1.4. Eleanore Gatto, married
Etienne d'Armenia. (See D'Armenia).
3.2. Nuzo Gatto, (c1418-19 Militia List), married Noble Marie Gatto, with issue.
3.2.1. Fra. Michele Gatto.
3.2.2. Antonio Gatto, married to Johanna Cuzkeri
, with issue.
3.2.2.1. Nuzio Gatto, married to N.N, with issue
3.2.2.1.1. Antonio Gatto, married to Damna ..., with issue
3.2.2.1.1.1. Salvo Gatt, married 1549 to Giovanna Farrugia, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1. Giulio Gatt, married 1574 Siggiewi to Imperia N, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1. Lorenzo Gatt, (Migrated to Gozo with parents), married 1604 Imperia Mercieca, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1. Gio Maria Gatt, married 1645 Rabat Gozo to Angelica Refalo, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Grazia Gatt, married 1691 Rabat Gozo to Bartolomeo (Alberto) Stellini, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Andrea Stellini, married 1722 Rabat Gozo to Tommasa Camilleri, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Marcello Stellini, married 1752 Rabat Gozo to Anna Xiberras, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Francesco Stellini, married 1777 Rabat Gozo to Ursola Camilleri, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Salvatore Stellini, married 1811 Valletta to Teresa Abela, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Publio Stellini, married 1851 Floriana to Maria Anna Cassar, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Salvatore Stellini, married 1890 Valletta to Maria Carmela Farrugia, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Pauline Stellini, married 1944 Sliema to Lawrence Dalmas.
3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2. Margareta Stellini, married 1815 Rabat Gozo to Geronimo Buttigieg.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.3. Giuseppina Stellini, married 1807 Rabat Gozo to Andrea Pace.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.4. Ludovico Stellini, married 1806 Valletta to Caterina Grech.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2. Maria Stellini, married 1785 Rabat Gozo to Tomaso Tabone.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.3. Rosa Stellini, married 1787 Rabat Gozo to Ludovico Grech.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.4. Giuseppina Stellini, married (1) 1798 Rabat Gozo to Salvatore Tabone, married (2) 1815 Rabat Gozo to Angelo Vella.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2. Marcellina Stellini, married 1747 Rabat Gozo to Giuseppe Bonvia.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.3. Rosa Stellini, married 1751 Rabat Gozo to Andrea Farrugia.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2. Gio Maria Stellini, married 1722 Rabat Gozo to Modesta Mizzi, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2.1.  Lorenzo Stellini, married 1752 Zebbug Gozo to Giovanna Zahra.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2.2. Francesco Stellini, married 1773 Gharb Gozo to Maria Saliba..

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2.3. Giuseppe Stellini, married 1780 Valletta to maria Cassar.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.2.4. Gio Battista Stellini, married 1784 Valletta to Carmela Falzon.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.3. Antonio Stellini, married 1741 Rabat Gozo to Maria Farrugia, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.3.1. Pietro Stellini, married 1771 Rabat Gozo to Orsola Camilleri, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.3.1.1. Margherita Stellini, married 1807 Rabat Gozo to Francesco Pace.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.2. Celimenia Gatt, married 1682 Rabat Gozo to Lorenzo Gatt, (s/o Giulio and Margaret Zammit).

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.3. Anna Gatt, married 1687 Rabat Gozo to Damiano Attard.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.4. Appolana Gatt, married 1694 Rabat Gozo to Publio Bugeja.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2. Giulio Gatt, married (1) 1625 Rabat Gozo to Dianora Vella, married (2) 1629 Rabat Gozo to Clara Formosa, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.1. (First Marriage) Marcello Gatt, married (1) 1669 Rabat Gozo to Barbara Bugeja, married (2) 1695 Rabat Gozo to Caterina Mercieca, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.1.1. (First Marriage) Geronima Gatt, married 1696 Rabat Gozo to Domenico Grima.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.2. Gioannella Gatt, married 1661 Rabat Gozo to Alessandro Camilleri.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2.3. Silvestra Gatt, married 1650 Rabat Gozo to Matteo Galea.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.2. Marietta Gatt, married 1604 Rabat Gozo to Mario Azzopardi.

3.2.2.1.1.1.1.3. Domenica Gatt, married 1611 Rabat Gozo to Pietro Pace.

3.2.2.1.1.1.2. Agata Gatt, married 1575 to Ferdinando Buttigieg.

3.2.2.1.1.1.3. Paola Gatt, married 1571 to Mariano Buttigieg.

3.2.2.1.1.2. Agostino Gatt, married 1569 to Marietta Azzopardi, with issue.
3.2.2.1.1.2.1. Luca Gatt, married 1588 to Maddalena Buttigieg, with issue
3.2.2.1.1.2.1.1. Alfonso Gatt, married 1643 to Maria Cumbo, with issue
3.2.2.1.1.2.1.1.1. Ferdinand Gatt, married 1677 to Francesca Scarpello., with issue.
3.2.2.1.1.2.1.1.1.1. Notary Tomaso Gatt.-Press
here to see Descendants.
3.2.2.1.1.2.1.1.1.2. Eugenio Gatt, married Antonia.., with issue.
3.2.2.1.1.2.1.1.1.2.1. Claudine Gatt, married 1731 to Gio Maria Calleja.
3.2.2.1.1.2.1.1.1.2.2. Grazia Gatt, married 1722 to Francesco Farrugia.
3.2.2.1.1.2.1.1.1.2.3. Speranza Gatt, married 1731 to Gio Batta Arnan.
3.2.2.1.1.2.1.1.1.2.4. Maria Gatt, married 1727 to Michele Mifsud.
3.2.2.1.1.2.1.1.2. Barbara Gatt, married 1662 to Andrea Cassar.
3.2.2.1.1.2.1.1.3. Girolama Gatt, married (1) to Antonio dei Marchesi Fava., Married (2) Gio Maria Cumbo.
3.2.2.1.1.2.1.2. Pietro Gatt, married 1636 to Maria Psaila.
3.2.2.1.1.2.2. Giovanni Gatt, married 1599 to Marietta Zammit, with issue
3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1. Filippo Gatt, married 1622 Vittoriosa to Speranza Busuttil, with issue.
3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1. Mro. Giovanni Gatt, married 1657 Valletta to Angelica Tabone, with issue.
3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1. Ludovico Gatt, married (1) 1690 Mdina to Marcellina Galea, married (2) 1700 Senglea to
Maddalena Ducoss, with issue
3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1. (First marriage) Ignazio Gatto., married Rosa N, with issue.
3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1. Giovanni Gatt, married 1744 to Anna Zahra, with issue.
3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1. Francesco Gatt, married 1769 to Maria Spiteri, with issue.
3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Anna Maria Gatt.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.2. Maria Gatt, married (1) 1767 Vittoriosa to Michele Vassallo (s/o Salvatore and Marcella), married (2) 1777 Vittoriosa to Michele Aquilina, married (3) 1780 Vittoriosa to Alberto Busuttil.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.3. Teresa Gatt, married 1770 Cospicua to Matteo Vella.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.4. Angelica Gatt, married (1) 1770 Cospicua to Gioacchino Lanzon, married (2) 1785 Vittoriosa to Ignazio Grech, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.4.1. Francesco Saverio Lanzon, married 1809 Cospicua to Grazia Ellul.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.5. Fortunata Gatt, married 1775 Cospicua to Giuseppe Schembri.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.6. Rosa Gatt, married 1780 Vittoriosa to Giovanni Spiteri.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.2. Saverio Gatt, married 1757 to Grazia Zahra.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.3. Benigno Gatt, married 1746 Vittoriosa to Elizabetta Portelli, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.3.1. Giuseppe Gatt, married 1779 Valletta to Maria Cuschieri, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.3.1.1. Fortunata Gatt, married (1) 1800 Valletta to Cristoforo Duran, married (2) 1824 Valletta to Giuseppe Srenzo.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.3.1.2. Gaetana Gatt, married 1816 Valletta to Giuseppe Calleja.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.3.2. Maria Gatt, married 1772 Vittoriosa to Nicola Gondran.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.2. (Second Marriage) Saverio Gatto, BARONE DI BENWARRAD.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.1.1.1.3. Teresa Gatt, married 1734 to Dr Giuseppe Borg Olivier JUD.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.2. Speranza Gatt, married 1618 Mosta to Giacomo Busuttil, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.2.2.2.1. Maria Busuttil, married 1646 Mosta to Andrea Sammut.
3.2.2.1.1.3. Matteo Gatt, married 1573 to Caterina Axach, with issue.

3.2.2.1.1.4. Paola Gatt, married 1550 to Giovanni Allegritto.

3.2.2.1.2.  Enrico Gatto, (c.1515)  Migrated to Naples.

3.2.2.1.3. Leonardus Gatto, (c 1515), Migrated to Naples.

3.2.2.2. Edoardo Gatto, (c 1476), Migrated to Messina, Sicily.

3.2.2.3. Enrico Gatto, (c.1479), migrated to Palermo, Sicily.

3.2.2.3.1. Antonio Gatto, (c. 1520 Palermo, Sicily), married with issue.

3.2.2.3.1.1. Enrico Gatto, (c. 1550 Palermo, Sicily), married with issue.

3.2.2.3.1.1.1. Ferdinando Gatto, (c. 1580 Palermo, Sicily), married with issue.

3.2.2.3.1.1.1.1. Natalia Caterina Gatto, married 1609 to Ludovico d'Anastasi.

3.2.2.4. Natale Gatto, (c .1484), migrated to Lucca Italy.

3.2.3. Tommaso Gatto, (c 1452), Migrated to Carmagnola

3.3. Loretta Gatto., married Angelo de Vaccarro., 2nd Barone di Culeja.

3.4. Sancho Gatto, created Signore del Gatto in Syacusa, married with issue.

3.4.1. Geisa Gatto, Signorina del Gatto, married  1411 to N. del Bosco.
4. Sibylla Gatto, married Giacomo Schembri
, with descendants
5. Marie Gatto, dunm. 'Nun'.

Footnote #1: Historically, no title of Barone di Djar il-Bniet was ever granted in 1350. Nor was there any grant of a title of Barone di Buqana in 1372. To assert that the title of Barone di Djar il-Bniet et Buqana was granted before the 14th century is a fallacy. According to the 1878 Commissioners, the first relevant dates are 1512 (Buqana) and 1725 (Djar il-Bniet and Buqana). Although Abela describes them as baronies in 1647, it was only in 1878 that the title of “Djar il-Bniet and Buqana” was backdated to 1350. - See footnotes below.

Footnote #2: The two fiefs of Diar el Bniet and of Buqana were never granted as titles in the strict sense. However, the holder of these two untitled fiefs (together) was by custom accorded the personal title of barone. Published sources show these fiefs as having been granted in 1350 in favour of Francesco Gatto and 1404 in favour of Guglielmo Murina, as they in fact were. However, it appears that the first time Buqana (alone) was ever referred to as a title (barone) was only in 1512 in favour of Giacomo Arginaldo Inguanez, whilst the first time the holder of both fiefs was referred to as a barone in a legislative act was in 1725 in favour of Marc’ Antonio Inguanez and his wife the baronessa. It appears that no legislative act ever contemplated a barone di Djar il-Bniet. There is therefore only historic reference to a Barone di Buqana (1512) and a Barone di Djar il-Bniet et Buqana (1725). It was only the 1878 Commission which retroactively attributed a date of creation of a title of Barone di Diar el-Bniet et Buqana. (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 Paras. 91-96). See also http://www.maltagenealogy.com/SME/djarilbniet.html

 

Footnote #3: The lands of Djar el Bniet (only) were first granted in fief to Francesco Gatto and to the heirs of his body by Louis, King of Sicily (House of Aragon), on the 4th January 1350, by a privilegium given at Messina, the fief having reverted to the Crown after it had been held by Michele Bava. The grant was afterwards confirmed in Malta on the 12th November 1372, by King Frederick, brother of the said King Louis, in favour of Lancea Gatto, son of the above-mentioned Francesco, sub militari servitio unius equi alforati curiae nostrae perinde praestando ; and was once more confirmed by King Martin, at Catania, on the 14th February 1397, in favour of another Francesco Gatto, son of the said Lancea. All of these authentic documents were examined by the 1878 Commission. 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 #4: By another privilegium given at Catania on the 15th April 1404, King Martin confirmed in favour of the said milite Francesco Gatto, not only the possession of the fief of Diar el Bniet, but also that of the fief of Bucana which had been conveyed to Gatto, and had been previously by a privilegium given in Malta on the 4th November 1372, assigned by King Frederick to Gugliemo Murina and his descendants sub servitio unius equi alforati curiae nostrae perinde praestando. 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.).

 

* Lanza Gatto, (“Il quel privilegio fu’ poscia per un altro confermato, e conceduto di nuovo dal Re’ Federico alla domanda di Lanza, nominandolo come segue: Notum fieri volumes universes, tam praesentibus, quam futuris, quod Iudex Lancea de Gatto de Melivento, familiaris, & fidelis noster praesens coram nostrae Maiestatis aspectu contult, & praesentavit Curiae nostrae quddam privilegium, etc Serenissimi Principis Domini Ludovici dicti Regni Regis Illustris charissimi fraters nostris bon, memor & c la cui data fu’ in Malta, ritrovandosi quivi in persona il detto Re’ a’ 12 di Novembre del 1372 concedentogli parimente, e per la linea de’ discendenti da lui il feudo di Deyr il Binet, ch’era vacato per morte di Cicco suo padre, sotto servigio d’un cavallo, come si ravvisa ancora per un altro suo real diploma dato pure in Malta sotto il medesimo giorno. Di questo Lanza Gatto si fa’ memoria in publica scrittura, & atti di Notaro Nicolo’ Cordaro sotti il 2 di Agosto del medesimo anno, ov’ e’ enominato regio Preposito di quest’ Isole.”), (Reference: Documentary Sources of Maltese History - Part II - Documents in the State Archives Palermo; No 1. Cancelleria Regia 1259 -1400: edited by Stanley Fiorini, Malta University Press 1999, page 119), married to Constanza dei Baroni Vassallo (Daughter of Marco) (Ancestors- Press Here) with issue.


1. Francesco Gatto, 3rd Baron-See Below.
2. Gerrardo Gatto, 'Vice-Admiral of Malta and Gozo, Created 1399 for Life. Married to Antonia Gatto (See Above) with issue
2.1. Fra. Andrea Gatto, (Cr: 1474: Bishop of Malta
)., with illegitimate issues from his mistress, 'Antonia N.N.'.
2.1.1. Niccolo Gatto, married 1502 to Paola Gatto (illegitimate daughter of Barone Francesco), with issue
2.1.1.1. Lorenzo Gatto, married 1513 to Agnita Maniuni.
2.1.1.2. Mario Gatto, married 1544 to Giovanna Cassar, with issue
2.1.1.2.1. Tomaso Gatto, married 1561 to
Marietta Galea, (daughter of Pietro and Caterina), with issue
2.1.1.2.1.1. Vittorio Gatt, married 1644 to
Marietta Bonici, with issue
2.1.1.2.1.1.1. Domenico Gatt, married 1673 to Clemenza Psaila, with issue
2.1.1.2.1.1.1.1. Giovanni Maria Gatt, married 1722 to Maria Gauci, with issue
2.1.1.2.1.1.1.1.1. Grazia Gatt, married 1759 to
Giuseppe Cilia. (See Cilia)
2.1.1.2.1.1.2. Pasquale Gatt, married 1688 to Giacobina Barbara, with issue
2.1.1.2.1.1.2.1. Pietro Gatt, married 1723 to Giovanella Tanti, with issue
2.1.1.2.1.1.2.1.1. Alberto Gatt, married 1750 to Evangelista Muscat, with issue
2.1.1.2.1.1.2.1.1.1. Pietro Gatt, married 1788 to Teresa Mula, with issue
2.1.1.2.1.1.2.1.1.1.1. Evangelista Gatt, married 1827 to
Andrea Schembri, with issue
2.1.1.2.1.2. Natale Gatt, married 1635 to Marietta Sagona, with issue
2.1.1.2.1.2.1. Grazio Gatt, married 1645 to
Evangelista Bonici, with issue
2.1.1.2.1.2.1.1. Caterina Gatt, married 1674 to
Maruzzo Axisa.
2.1.1.2.1.2.1.2. Margarita Gatt, married 1665 to Grazio Mifsud.
2.1.1.2.1.2.1.3. Teresa Gatt, married 1667 to Felice Axisa.
2.1.1.2.1.2.1.4. Giovanni Gatt, married 1685 to Natalia Borg.
2.1.1.2.1.2.1.5. Rosa Gatt, married 1682 to Matteo de Mercurio.
2.1.1.2.1.2.1.6. Anna Gatt, married 1682 to Gio Maria Agius.
2.1.1.2.1.3. Leonardo Gatt, married 1622 to
Paolina Vassallo, with issue
2.1.1.2.1.3.1. Tomaso Gatt,. married 1642 to Barbara Bonello, with issue.
2.1.1.2.1.4. Grazio Gatt, married 1625 to Margarita Mallia, with issue

2.1.1.2.1.4.1. Eleanore Gatt., married 1652 to Cav. Achilles Castriota.

2.1.1.2.1.5. Maria Gatt, married 1632 Zebbug to Aloisio Baldacchino.

2.1.1.3. Stefano Gatto, married 1544 to Perona Cassar, with issue.
2.1.1.3.1. Giuseppe Gatto, married 1572 to Vincenza Farrugia, with issue
2.1.1.3.2. Saverio Gatto, married 1580 to Caterina Farrugia, with issue
2.1.1.3.2.1. Stefano Gatt, married 1612 to
Marietta Vassallo
2.1.1.3.2.2. Paoluccio Gatt, married to Geronima N, with issue.

2.1.1.3.2.2.1. Antonio Gatt, married 1646 Zebbug to Domenica Calleja, with issue.

2.1.1.3.2.2.1.1. Gio Maria Gatt, married 1689 Zebbug to Domenica Sayd, with issue.

2.1.1.3.2.2.1.1.1. Simone Gatt, married 1702 Mdina to Petronilla de Brincat, with issue.

2.1.1.3.2.2.1.1.1.1. Grazia Gatt, married 1727 Zebbug to Pasquale Gambin.

2.1.1.4. Brandino Gatto, married 1535 to Gioanna Mamo, with issue
2.1.1.4.1. Vincenzo Gatto, married 1555 to
Giovanna Galea, with issue.

2.1.1.4.1.1. Maddalena Gatto, married 1599 Zurrieq to Simone Abela.
2.1.1.4.2. Leonardo Gatt, married 1579 to Vincenza Galdes.

2.1.1.5.  Agnese Gatt, married 1543 to Gio Paolo Buttigieg.
2.1.2. Giovanni Gatto, married Antonia .., with issue
2.1.2.1. Domenica Gatto, married 1554 to Bartolomeo Farrugia.
2.1.2.2. Giacomo Gatto, married 1549 to Guagliarda .., with issue
2.1.2.2.1. Domenico Gatto, married 1565 Siggiewi to Imperia Sayd
, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1. Nicolo Gatto, married to Domenica N., with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1. Alfonso Gatto, married 1655 Axac to Anna Baldacchino, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.1. Pietro Gatto, married to Caterina N, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1. Rosa Gatt, married to Giovanni Farrugia, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1. Maria Farrugia, married to Salvo Xicluna, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Elena Xicluna.2.1.2.2.1.1.1.2. Maria Gatto.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.3. Antonia Gatto.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.4. Lorenza Gatto.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5. Filippo Gatto, married 1705 Zeitun to Maddalena Xuereb, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.1. Eugenia Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.2. Anna Gatt, married 1746 Axac to Carlo Formosa, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.2.1. Maria Formosa.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.2.2. Maddalena Formosa.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.2.3. Caterina Formosa.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.3. Giacomo Gatt, married 1747 Gudia to Margherita Bonnici, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.3.1. Maria Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.3.2. Anna Maria Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.3.3. Angela Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.3.4. Maddalena Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.3.5. Liberta Eugenia Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.4. Nicola Gatt, married 1752 Zeitun to Grazia Manicolo, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.1.5.4.1. Natalizia Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.2. Antonio Gatto, married 1649 Axac to Caterina Agius.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3. Clerica Gatto, married 1663 Ghaxaq to Gioacchino Zahra, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.1. Maria Zahra, married 1688 Axac to Gio Maria Azzopardi, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.1.1. Caterina Azzopardi, married 1716 Axac to Ignazio Bajada, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.1.1.1. Clerica Bajada.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.1.1.2. Rosa Bajada.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.1.2. Francesco Azzopardi, married 1723 Axac to Anna Veneranda Fenech, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.1.2.1. Caterina Azzopardi, married 1742 Gudia to Gio Batta Barbara.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2. Alonisca Zahra, married 1694 Axac to Pietro Xicluna, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2.1. Rafaele Zahra, married 1716 to Maria Spiteri, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2.1.1. Margherita Zahra.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2.1.2. Felicitia Zahra, married 1747 Zeitun to Andrea Flamingo, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2.1.2.1. Giovanna Flamingo, married 1770 Zeitun to Giuseppe Balzan, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2.1.2.1.1. Giacobo Balzan.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2.1.2.1.2. Salvatore Balzan, married to Caterina N.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2.1.2.1.3. Battista Balzan.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2.1.2.1.4. Francesco Balzan.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2.1.2.1.5. Agostino Balzan.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2.2. Caterina Zahra, married to Giovanni Farrugia, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2.2.1. Teodora Farrugia.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.2.3. Maria Zahra.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.3. Giovanni Zahra, married to Domenica N, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.3.1. Angelo Zahra, married to Anna N, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.3.1.1. Flaminea Zahra.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.3.1.2. Teresa Zahra.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.3.1.3. Grazia Zahra.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.3.1.4. Maria Zahra.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.3.2. Maria Zahra, married 1730 Zeitun to Salvatore Caruana.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.4. Giuseppe Zahra 1704 Ghaxaq to Maria Tabone, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.3.4.1. Clara Zahra, married 1719 Zejtun to Giuseppe Cumbo.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4. Maria Gatto, married 1642 Axac to Mario Azzopardi, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.1. Giacomo Azzopardi, married to Domenica N, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.1.1. Domenico Azzopardi, married 1695 Zeitun to Caterina Caruana, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.1.1.1. Maria Azzopardi, married 1728 Zeitun to Gio Paolo Agius, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.1.1.1.1. Lorenza Agius, married 1752 Zabbar to Antonio Agius.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.1.1.2. Grazia Azzopardi, married 1722 Zeitun to Angelo Tabone.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.1.2. Caterina Azzopardi, married to Maurzzo Vella.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.1.3. Imperia Azzopardi, married to Pasquale Zammit, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.1.3.1. Maria Zammit, married to Giuseppe Spiteri.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.2. Maruzza Azzopardi, married to Gio Batta Russo, with issue.

1.2.2.1.1.4.2.1. Antonio Rosso, married 1711 Birgu to Maria Bonnici, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.2.1.1. Fiorenza Rosso.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.2.1.2. Giuseppa Rosso, married 1747 Birgu to Giuseppe Buttigieg, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.2.1.2.1. Caterina Buttigieg.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.2.1.2.2. Anna Maria Buttigieg.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.2.2. Rosa Rosso, married to Salvo Galea, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.2.2.1. Elizabetta Galea, married 1720 Birgu to Lorenzo Mallia.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.2.2.2. Flora Galea.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.2.2.3. Aurelia Galea.

2.1.2.2.1.1.4.2.2.4. Maria Galea.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5. Domenico Gatto, married 1658 Axac to Maruzza Zammit, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.1.Giacomo Gatt, married to Domenica N, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.1.1. Maria Gatt, married to Gio Paolo Agius, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.1.1.1. Lorenza Agius, married to Antonio Mizzi.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2. Isidore Gatt, married to Caterina Farrugia, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.1. Gio Maria Gatt, married to Maria N, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.1.1. Anna Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.1.2. Grazia Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.1.3. Angelica Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.1.4. Domenica Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.2. Carlo Gatt, married 1742 Tarxiem to Teresa Hellul, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.2.1. Caterina Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.2.2. Anna Maria Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.3. Maria Gatt, married 1721 to Antonio Magnicaro, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.3.1. Grazia Magnicaro.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.3.2. Caterina Magnicaro.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4. Andrea Gatt, married to Giovanna Zammit, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4.1. Anna Gatt, married 1720 Axac to Giovanni Magrin, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4.1.1. Margareta Magrin.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4.1.2. Isidoro Magrin, married 1746 Zurrico to Caterina Farrugia, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4.1.2.1. Maria Magrin.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4.1.3. Carmine Magrin.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4.2. Antonio Gatt, married 1759 Zurrico to Caterina Saliba, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4.2.1. Giovanna Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4.2.2. Rosa Maria Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4.3. Giuseppe Gatt, married 1740 Zeitun to Paola Castagna, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4.3.1. Maria Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4.3.2. Ursola Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.4.3.3. Domenica Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.5. Vittorio Gatt, married 1704 Tarxiem to Grazia Zahra, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.5.1. Anna Maria Gatt., married 1734 Birgu to Antonio Salamone.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6. Speranza Gatt, married 1684 to Luzio Ciantar, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1. Giuseppe Ciantar, married 1716 Valletta to Carmine Ciantar (d/o Mario and Anna), with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.1.  Maria Ciantar, married 1733 Valletta to Giovanni Cassar, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.1.1. Giuseppa Cassar.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.1.2. Caterina Cassar.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.1.3. Giovanna Cassar.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.1.4. Annunziata Ciantar.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.2. Giovanna Ciantar, married 1743 Valletta to Antonio Farrugia, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.2.1. Maria Farrugia, married 1777 Valletta to Michele Gonzi.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.2.2. Eugenia Farrugia.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.3. Giuseppa Ciantar, married to Antonio Farrugia, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.3.1. Maria Farrugia.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.4. Giovanni Ciantar.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.5. Francesco Ciantar, married 1751 Valletta to Carola Martin, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.5.1. Maria Ciantar.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.6. Rosa Ciantar.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.7. Teresa Ciantar.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.8. Anna Ciantar.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.6.1.9. Filippo Ciantar.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.7. Grazia Gatt, married to Gio Batta Farrugia, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.7.1. Modesta Farrugia, married 1716 Tarxiem to Giovanni Falson, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.7.1.1. Caterina Falson, married 1758 Tarxiem to Angelo Abela, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.7.1.1.1. Liberta Abela.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.7.1.1.2. Modesta Abela.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.7.2. Anna Farrugia, married 1724 Tarxiem to Paola Grech.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.8. Anna Gatt, married to Giovanni Abela, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.8.1. Angelo Abela, married to Anna N, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.8.1.1. Alonisia Abela.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.8.1.2. Maria Abela.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.8.1.3. Caterina Abela.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.8.2. Anna Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.8.3. Caterina Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.8.4. Speranza Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.5.2.8.5. Maria Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6. Gio Maria Gatto, married to Bernarda N, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1. Antonio Gatt, married 1654 Axac to Maria Zammit, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1. Anna Gatt, married to Grazio Agius, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1. Giuseppe Agius, married 1729 Valletta to Clemenza Grech, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.1. Gaetano Agius, married 1755 Valletta to Rosa Maria Cassar, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.1.1. Rosalea Agius, married 1788 Valletta to Alessandro Micallef, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.1.1.1. Vincenzo Micallef, married 1807 Valletta to Giovanna Borg, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.1.1.1.1. Carmela Micallef, married 1833 Valletta to Mario Cassar.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.1.2. Clemenza Agius.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.2. Carlo Agius, married to Elena N.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.3. Giovanna Agius.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.4. Don Andrea Agius, dunm.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.5. Pietro Agius, married 1775 Gudia to Imperia Farrugia, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.5.1. Salvatore Agius, married 1808 Gudia to Maria Ellul.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.5.2. Clemenza Agius.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.5.3. Antonia Agius, married 1809 Gudia to Giuseppe Mifsud.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.1.5.4. Giuseppe Agius, married 1798 Zurrico to Paola Calleja.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.2. Giovanni Agius., married to Caterina N.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.3. Caterina Agius.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.4. Maria Teresa Agius.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.5. Imperia Agius, married 1726 Axac to Alberto Vella, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.5.1. Giuseppe Vella, married 1752 Valletta to Maddalena Grech.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.5.2. Andrea Vella, married 1755 Axac to Evangelista Busuttil, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.1.5.2.1. Liberta Vella.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2. Alberto Gatt, married 1704 Axac to Grazia Schembri, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.1. Gio Maria Gatt, married to Grazia Tanti, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.1.1. Angelica Gatt, Founder of a Marriage Legacy., dunm.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.1.2. Gaetana Gatt, married to Ludovico Mirabeli, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.1.2.1. Marianna Mirabeli, Founder of a Marriage Legacy, married 1807 to Notary Francesco Cauchi.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.2. Maria Gatt, married 1744 Axac to Andrea Pulis, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.2.1. Grazia Pulis.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.2.2. Giovanna Pulis.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.3. Salvatore Gatt, married to Evangelista Sciberras, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.3.1. Maria Gatt, married 1759 to Notary Giogio Magri.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.4. Giovanni Maria Gatt, married to Grazia Tanti, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.4.1. Angelica Gatt, Founder of Marriage legacy, dunm.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.4.2. Maria Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.4.3. Giovanna Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.5. Giuseppe Gatt, married 1730 Axac to Veneranda Attard, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.5.1. Maria Gatt, married 1763 Valletta to Raymondo Xerri, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.5.1.1. Roselea Xerri, married to Luigi Psaila.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.5.1.1.1. Sigismondo Psaila.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.5.1.2. Giuseppe Xerri, married to Concetta Morelli, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.5.1.2.1. Raimondo Morelli.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.5.2. Giovanna Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.5.3. Felice Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.5.4. Michele Angelo Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.6. Giovanni Gatt, married 1737 Axac to Grazia Baldacchino, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.6.1. Maria Gatt, married 1778 Axac to Lorenzo Zammit, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.6.1.1. Salvatore Zammit, married 1810 Crendi to Anna Zarb, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.6.1.1.1. Carmela Zammit.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.6.1.1.2. Lorenzo Zammit, married 1850 Zabbar to Carmela Gerada.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.6.2. Giovanni Maria Gatt, married 1770 Tarxiem to Maria Farrugia, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.6.2.1. Rosa Gatt, married 1800 Axach to Michele Cachia, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.6.2.1.1. Maria Cachia.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.6.2.1.2. Caterina Cachia.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.6.2.1.3. Grazia Cachia.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.2.6.2.1.4. Giovanna Cachia.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.3. Grazia Gatt, married (1) 1706 Axach to Giuseppe Caruana, married (2) to Lorenzo Xicluna, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.3.1. (First Marriage) Antonio Caruana, married to Maria N.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.3.2. Maria Caruana, married 1741 Axxach to Giovanni Lia.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.3.3. Michele Caruana.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.3.4. (Second Marriage) Salvatore Xicluna.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.3.5. Giuseppe Xicluna.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.4. Nicola Gatt, married to Domenica N, with issue.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.4.1. Carole Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.4.2. Battista Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.6.1.4.3. Nicolo Gatt.

2.1.2.2.1.1.7. Caterina Gatto, married 1658 Axach to Andrea Gerada, with issue.
2.1.2.3. Nicola Gatto, married 1538 to Giovanna Bellia, with issue.

2.1.2.3.1. Paolo Gatto, married with issue.

2.1.2.3.1.1. Marietta Gatt, married 1596 Birkirkara to Vestro Vassallo.

2.1.3.4. Agnese Gatto, married 1532 to Giulio De Guevara, illegitimate son of Barone Pietro De Guevara, (sives Deguara).
2.2. Pina Gatto, married
Antonio Cuzkeri.
2.3. Stephania Gatto, married
Guido d'Armenia. (See D'Armenia).
3. Carlo Gatto, married Sophia Gatto (see above), with issue
3.1. Antonio Gatto, married with issue
3.1.1. Salvatore Gatto, married 1507 to Cancia Bellia, with issue
3.1.2. Simon Gatto, married 1509 to
Sirona Bonici, with issue
3.1.2.1. Vincenzo Gatto, married 1545 to Laura Murtara, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1. Alessandro Gatto, married (1) to NN, married (2) 1618 Valletta to Grazia Muscato Siciliano, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.1. Caterina Gatt, married 1649 Cospicua to Michele Pulis, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1. Alessandro Pulis, married 1688 Zejtun to Margherita Zammit, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.1. Giuseppe Pulis, married 1721 Kirkop to Lucrezia Dalli, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.2. Giacomo Pulis, married 1724 Zejtun to Clara Xuereb, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.2.1. Angelo Pulis, married 1747 Lija to Teresa Zammit, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.2.1.1. Maria Pulis, married 1772 Lija to Gregorio Gambin.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.2.2. Benigno Pulis, married 1753 Valletta to Caterina Zahra.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.2.2.1. Maria Pulis, married 1771 Zejtun to Giovanni Barbara.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.2.2.2. Clara Pulis, married 1784 Zejtun to Angelo Sinagro.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.2.3. Maria Pulis, married 1754 Zejtun to Benigno Abela.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.2.4. Graziulla Pulis, married 1767 Zejtun to Andrea Vella.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.3. Anna Pulis, married (1) 1720 Zejtun to Giuseppe Grech, married (2) 1744 Zejtun to Sebastiano Abela, married (3) 1760 Zejtun to Michele Angelo Apap.

3.1.2.1.1.1.1.4. Caterina Pulis, married 1709 Zejtun to Giuseppe Caruana.

3.1.2.1.1.1.2. Teresa Pulis, married (1) 1686 Cospicua to Giorgio Grech, married (2) 1692 Cospicua to Filippo di Cipro.

3.1.2.1.1.1.3. Antonia Pulis, married 1691 Cospicua to Giuseppe Sammut.

3.1.2.1.1.2. Antonia Gatt, married 1659 Cospicua to Luca Pulis, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.2.1. Giuseppe Pulis, married 1681 Cospicua to Maria Vella, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.2.1.1. Patrizia Pulis, married 1701 Cospicua to Gaetano de Durell.

3.1.2.1.1.3. Mario Gatt, married 1652 Cospicua to Maria Sapiano, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1. Alessandro Gatt, married 1677 to Clemeneza Zammit, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.1. Antonia Gatt, married 1713 Cospicua to Rafaele Serra, with issue.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.1.1. Enrico Serra, married 1766 Valletta to Maria Bezzina.

3.1.2.1.1.3.1.2. Leonora Gatt, married 1719 Cospicua to Santoro Giglio.
3.2. Giovanni Gatto, married with issue
3.2.1. Paolo Gatto, married 1505 to Paola Spiteri, with issue
3.2.2. Marco Gatto, married 1511 to Garita Briffa, with issue
3.2.2.1. Michele Gatto, married 1539 to Perona Galea, with issue
4. Marie Gatto, married Nuzo Gatto, with issue. (See Above)
5. Sibylla Gatto, married
Riccardo Girbinus.

 

* Francesco Gatto, “3rd Baron of Djar-il-Bniet”, and “3rd” Baron (By right of his wife) of Buqana (cr. 1404), Baron of Hemsija and Budaq (enumeration of both titles by reason of a custom in regard to the lands “Djar il-Bniet”  granted in fief by Francesco Gatto and to the heirs of his body by Louis, King of Sicily (House of Aragon), on the 4th January 1350), (Reference: Documentary Sources of Maltese History - Part II - Documents in the State Archives Palermo; No 1. Cancelleria Regia 1259 -1400: edited by Stanley Fiorini, Malta University Press 1999, page 225, 230), Married 1397 to Paola di Castelli, Heiress of the Barony of Buqana.(Note on Buqana)

1. Imperia Gatto, married to Antonio Inguanez. Holder of a number of Fiefdoms., with issue. See http://www.maltagenealogy.com/libro%20d'Oro/djarilbnietA.html
2. (illegitimate from his 'slave mistress' Meymuna.) Paola Gatto, married 1502 to Nicolo Gatto, (See Above)

 

Footnote #1: In 1647, Abela made reference to the the baronia (barony) of Djar il-Bnietas one of the three baronie held by the Inguanez family. See http://www.maltagenealogy.com/libro%20d'Oro/djarilbnietA.html

However, Abela does not indicate how, when, or in whose favour this baronia was created. Historically, no title of Barone di Djar il-Bniet was ever granted in 1350 in favour of the Gatto family. According to the 1878 Commissioners’ Report, the lands of Djar el Bniet (only) were first granted in fief to Francesco Gatto and to the heirs of his body by Louis, King of Sicily (House of Aragon), on the 4th January 1350, by a privilegium given at Messina, the fief having reverted to the Crown after it had been held by Michele Bava. The grant was afterwards confirmed in Malta on the 12th November 1372, by King Frederick, brother of the said King Louis, in favour of Lancea Gatto, son of the above-mentioned Francesco, sub militari servitio unius equi alforati curiae nostrae perinde praestando ; and was once more confirmed by King Martin, at Catania, on the 14th February 1397, in favour of another Francesco Gatto, son of the said Lancea. All of these authentic documents were examined by the 1878 Commission.

 

Therefore to assert that the title of Barone di Djar il-Bniet was granted before the 14th century is a fallacy. According to the 1878 Commissioners, the first relevant date for Djar il-Bniet is 1725 year when Marc’ Antonio Inguanez and his wife received the noble titles of Illustrissimo e Nobile where he was addressed as a barone. It was only in 1878 that the title of “Baron of Djar il-Bniet and Buqana” was backdated to 1350 in the person of Cicco Gatto. In fact the Commissioners reported as follows:- “Although this does not appear to have been expressly granted in the diplomas or Privilegia given in 1350 and in 1372, yet there are sufficient grounds for holding that at a later period that title was conferred or recognized, for Grand Master Manoel, on the 30th April 1725, issued a Prammatica or Ordinance, by which in order to remedy abuses and inconveniences, which had for some time prevailed in regard to titles, that Grand Master ordered and commanded that thenceforward no advocate, notary, or attuario should take upon himself to give in any instrument, contract, or other public act drawn up by him, the title of illustrissimo or of noblile to any of the prince's vassals, with the exception of the Capitano della Verga pro tempore, of the two Magistrati of the cities of Valeltta and Notabile, and the Milite barone Marc’Antonio Inguanez our feudatory, and Baronessa Inguanez his wife, and their descendants. Other nobles who will be mentioned hereafter were subsequently excepted from the provisions of the above Prammatica. Barone Marco Antonio Inguanez is the ancestor of Maria Teresa Damico, the present Baronessa. By the foregoing legislative act he, as the holder of the two fiefs in question, and his descendants were recognized by the former Government as barons. Marc’ Antonio was moreover thirty-four times between the years 1705 and 1760, appointed Capitano della Verga, and always designated as Barone Inguanez”. See also http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/baronedidjarilbniet.htm

 

Footnote #2: Marc'Antonio Inguanez could not have been the ancestor of Maria Teresa Inguanez  because he had died childless. http://www.maltagenealogy.com/libro%20d'Oro/djarilbnietA.html

 

Footnote #3: On the other hand, Abela does refer to the fief of Bucana as a baronia held by the Gatto family in 1404 as successors of the Murina family who received that fief in 1372. However, he does not indicate how, when, or in whose favour this baronia di Bucana was created. According to the 1878 Commissioners’ Report, by another privilegium given at Catania on the 15th April 1404, King Martin confirmed in favour of the said milite Francesco Gatto, not only the possession of the fief of Diar el Bniet, but also that of the fief of Bucana which had been conveyed to Gatto, and had been previously by a privilegium given in Malta on the 4th November 1372, assigned by King Frederick to Gugliemo Murina and his descendants sub servitio unius equi alforati curiae nostrae perinde praestando.

 

Footnote #4: The British colonial administration understood only two ways of transmitting a title of nobility: “Either personal to the holder of a particular fief, or descends in order of primogeniture to be tenable only by the eldest male descendant”. http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/titlesdisposablebynomination.htm Therefore on the basis that that Maria D’Amico was verified at the time to be in possession of these fiefs and that she was a descendant of Cicco Gatto, the Royal Commissioners of 1878 concluded that she was entitled to the title of “Baroness of Djar il-Bniet and Buqana”.

 

Footnote #5: Fiefs were abolished in Malta 1969 with a savings clause “nothing shall affect any title of nobility, and the laws in force concerning any such titles shall continue to have effect”. The question whether this renders the title transmissible by descent or whether it is extinct is discussed at http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/1969legislation.html

 

Footnote #6: Following the 1878 Report, succession to the title of nobility of “Baron of Djar il-Bniet and Bucana” is reckoned as follows: Cicco Gatto (1st grantee of fief, later deemed 1st Barone, invested January 1350), Lanza Gatto (invested in fief 12 November 1372 after a request by Lancia for a new grant, deemed 2nd Barone), Francesco Gatto (invested in fief 14 February 1397 and 15 April 1404, deemed 3rd Barone), Imperia Desguanecks Gatto (invested in fief _____, deemed 4th Baronessa), Angeraldo Inguanez (Gatt’ Inguanez) (invested in fief _____, deemed 5th Barone), Antonio Angaraldo Inguanez (invested in fief _____, deemed 6th Barone), Giacomo Angaraldo Inguanez (invested in fief _____, deemed 7th Barone), Marco Angaro Inguanez (invested in fief _____, deemed 8th Barone), Giacomo Angarao Inguanez (invested in fief _____, deemed 9th Barone), Antonio Inguanez (invested in fief _____, deemed 10th Barone), Marco Inguanez (invested in fief _____, deemed 11th Barone), Alessandro Inguanez (invested in fief _____, deemed 12th Barone), Marc’ Antonio Inguanez (invested in fief _____, deemed 13th Barone), Marc’ Antonio Inguanez (junior) (invested in fief _____, deemed 14th Barone), Gio Francesco D’Amico Inguanez (invested in fief _____, deemed 15th Barone), Claudio Emanuele Damico Inguanez Testaferrata (invested in fief _____, deemed 16th Barone), Alessandro Damico Inguanez (holding the fief on 31 July 1798, 13 Thermidor of Year 6, deemed 17th Barone), Vincenzo Damico Inguanez (his mother holding the fief on his behalf 5 October 1802, deemed 18th Barone), Maria Teresa Damico (holding the fief in 1878, deemed 19th Baronessa), Maria Francesca Carmen Sceberras D’Amico Inguanez (holding the fief, deemed 20th Baronessa), Alexander Ian Chesney Inguanez (holding the fief, deemed 21st Barone), Frances Mary Carmen Chesney Inguanez (holding the fief, deemed 22nd Baronessa). Fiefs abolished in 1969 (see note above)

 

 Press Here to read further regarding the other (illegitimate) descendants of the "13th" Baron  

The union of different families who possessed the two fiefs in the 14/15th century.

 

PART B - Inguanez Family.

Part C - D'Amico family.

Part D – Sceberras Family

 

 

 

SOURCES:-

 

  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
  3. www.maltagenealogy.com

 

 

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http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility/oldfamilies1647.htm

http://www.saidvassallo.com/SME/maltesenobility.htm

http://www.maltagenealogy.com/Britishnobility/Essays/comparisonenglandmalta.htm

 

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