Barons di Buleben (cr: 1777).
Granted to: Dr Gaetano Azzopardi MD.
By: Emanuel de Rohan Polduc, Grand Master of Malta.
On: 1777 in Valletta.
British Crown recognition: 1883.
With Remainder to: The 1777 grant like the title of Marchese di San Giorgio only to be enjoyed by the original grantee. The first Barone Gaetano who was clearly aware of the limited terms of the 1777 grant later presented a petition (in Italian) to the Grand Master, representing that "Whereas in the deed of grant of the title of 'Barone di Buleben' most benignly made to him, your Most Serene Highness had been pleased to order that on that occurrence the diploma should be issued from the cancelleria in favour of himself alone....And whereas in his family there existed a primogenitura erected in favour such among his children as he would name, and in default of nomination, in favour of his eldest son, and descendible to the first born males by the law of primogeniture (di primogenito in altro) until the total extinction of his male line, with power to each holder of it to name his successor; and wheareas the income of that Primogenitura was more than sufficient for the decent suport of its possessor, he (petitioner) begged that the grant of the title of 'Barone di Buleben' should be extended to such of his sons and male descendents as might for the time being be the holder of the Primogenitura". On this application the Grand Master endorsed the following rescript: "Magister Hospitalis Hyerusalem Gratiam petitam Oratori concedimus pro ejus filio successore in Primogenitura de qua in precibus, tantum. Datum in Palatio, die 25 Aprilis 1778". 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.)
The first born son of Gaetano, Calcedonio Azopardi, senior, after his father's death presented a petition to the Grand Master, requesting the investiture of the baronial title, submitting that the title had been granted to such of the grantee's sons as might be in possession of the Primogenitura, and producing an extract from an instrument from which it appeared that he had been named by his father to succeed to that Primogenitura. On this petition a decree was made on the 5th July 1788, and the formula of the oath for the investiture had already been partly drawn up, but it was afterwards, together with the petition, the decree, and the document, therein inserted, cancelled, as appears from the original records in the Cancelleria. The investiture was subsequently given to Barone Calcedonio, as may be seen from another authentic document in the Government Archives, bearing date the 10th August 1788; it begins thus: - 'Notum sit quod cum alias titulum Baronis feudi de Buleben, sub die 28 mensis Julii 1777, nobilis Cajetano Azzopardi pro ejus persona tantum concesserimus, quodque pariter, vigore nostri Magistralis Rescripti sub die 25 Aprilis 1778, editi, titulum hujusmodi etiam ad ejus filium Primogenituram habentem ampliaverimus, prout in hujusmodi concessionis diplomate et Rescripto, ad quae habeatur ratio plenius continetur....."
List of Title holders:
1. Dr Gaetano Azzopardi MD, (d. 1781), 1st Barone, succeeded by his son.
2. Nobile Calcedonio Azopardi, (d. 1799), 2nd Barone, succeeded by his son.
3. Nobile Dr Vincenzo Azopardi, CMG, LLD, (d. 1857), 3rd Barone, succeeded by his son.
4. Nobile Calcedonio Azopardi, (d. 1890), 4th Barone, succeeded by his son.
5. Nobile Vincenzo Azopardi, (d. 1899), 5th Barone, succeeed by his brother.
6. Nobile Filippo Giovanni Azopardi, (d. 1939), 6th Barone, succeeded by his sister.
7. Nobile Giuseppina Azopardi, (d. 1940), 7th Baronessa, succeeded by nephew.
8. Don Joseph Manduca Azopardi, (d. 1964), 8th Barone, succeeded by his son.
9. Don Francis Manduca Piscopo Macedonio Azopardi, (d. 1993), 8th Conte di Mont'Alto, 6th Conte Manduca, 9th Barone, succeeded by his younger son.
10. Don Joseph Bernard Manduca Piscopo Macedonio Azopardi, (1959-, Contino di Mont'Alto, Contino Manduca, 10th Barone.
Heir: Don Christian Manduca Azopardi, (1987-, Baroncino di Buleben.
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