The Venican Patricanship of Barbaro.


The Patricanship of Venice.  The dignity of Patrician of Venice (Barbaro) (??), origins unknown)


Footnote: A “Dignity of Venetian Patrician” was claimed in 1878.

In 1878, this dignity was claimed by Giorgio Crispo Barbaro.

The Royal Commissioners  dismissed this claim because, the same Commissioners decided not only that the claimant did not provide any proof whatsoever BUT ALSO because the same Commissioners held that this dignity was a mere municipal honour and not one emanating from a foreign sovereign, or fons honorum. (“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)).

Thus, as far as the Commissioners were concerned, once they regarded this dignity as a municipal honour, it did not fall within the remit of the Commission because the Commissioners were of the opinion that once it is a municipal honour it does not qualify to be registered in accordance with the rules of 1739 and 1795 as enacted by Grand Masters Despuig and Rohan. In this case, it appears that the claimant did not only not even present any documents in proof of his claim, but did not even indicate a date when this was supposedly granted. The claim was dismissed altogether by the Commissioners. 

The actual report says the following:

 “No proof or document whatever having been produced concerning these grants, such claims cannot be consequently allowed. The same conclusion will also hold good with regard to the claims of Giorgio Crispo Barbaro to the dignity of Venetian Patrician.”

However, upon a more detailed analysis about the nature of this dignity, it appears that contrary to what was held by the Commissioners, that this dignity (if proven) may in fact a conferral of nobility if it results that Venice acted as a fons honorum (fountain of honour) in the same way as Messina and Rome. 

Sadly, from a reading of the Report, there is no indication as to who was the original grantee of the dignity claimed by Crispo Barbaro.

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