Barone's di San Paolino, 1638.
The title of Barone di San Paolino was on the 16th July 1638 conferred upon Matteo De Ribera, with succession to one of his descendants, by letters patent issued at Palermo, by the President and Captain-General of Sicily, by authority vested in him by Philip IV. King of Spain and Sicily.
At Maltese Law this title is only a foreign title and, as such, it can be considered for the purposes of precedence in Malta only if registration or Magistral recognition has been achieved in accordance with the rules of 1739 and 1795 as enacted by Grand Masters Despuig and Rohan. In this case, this title granted to de Ribrera was never registered in Malta, nor does it appear to have received direct recognition for the Grand Masters who ruled Malta. (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. 225-226). This does not render the title invalid but in accordance with the rule cited above, although the title is valid, it does not enjoy precedence in Malta.
Granted to: Don Matteo de Ribera y Borgia.
By: Philip III, King of Sicily, IV of Spain.
On: 1638 at Palermo, Sicily.
Presented to the British Royal Commission on Nobility: No.
With Remainder to: His descendants in perpetuity.
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