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This page serves as a sub-index to matters related to the Nobility in Malta. 

 

Maltese Nobility - General information.

 

* Reassessing the reliability of older published works on the nobility of Malta.

* From the Original Volumes of the Archives of the Order: The definitive list of Titles of Nobility in Malta in Volume 627.

* An Introduction to the Maltese Nobility, with tables and illustrations.

* Old and Notable Families described by G.F. Abela in 1647 (The original Maltese Nobility).

* Maltese Noble Families living and Extinct as at 1725

* Description of the system of precedence amongst the Maltese Nobility, as established in the 18th Century

* 18th century Maltese Titles of “Most Illustrious” and “Noble” (the basis of the 19th Century sobriquet “The Most Noble”)(Malta’s historic untitled Nobility).

* The quiet usurpation of the titles “Illustrissimo” and “Nobile”, later “The Most Noble”.

* Value of private Transactions and Nominations in Maltese titles of Nobility, including case studies.

* Table of Grants, Amendments and Investitures of Titles of Nobility by the Grand Masters of the Order of Saint John, as Sovereigns of Malta (1530-1798), including titles and dignities received from Foreign Sovereigns during the same period .

* The Battle for Representation between the “Assembly of the Maltese Nobility” and the “Committee of Privileges of the Maltese Nobility” .

* Other 19th Century Nobiliary Bodies in Malta.

* A different view of the classes of old Maltese society.

* The REAL and GENUINE nobility of Malta and Gozo confirmed by that faithful and authentic History of the Maltese Islands.

* Criticism of Maltese Nobility- Extracts from Giles Ash's "The Nobility of Malta".

* More Criticism of Maltese Nobility: Extracts from Giles Ash's "The Nobility of Malta".

* "Notes on Cilane".

“Malta Congress 2011 - European Nobility - "A Dynamic Tradition in a Changing World".

* A century since the event. 

* Forgotten Queens of Malta

* Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to inquire into the Claims of the Maltese Nobility - pages 1- 14 pdf.

* Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to inquire into the Claims of the Maltese Nobility - pages 15- 32 pdf.

* Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to inquire into the Claims of the Maltese Nobility - pages 33- 41 pdf.

* Correspondence and Report of the Commission appointed to inquire into the Claims of the Maltese Nobility - pages 42- 60 pdf.

* Copies or Extracts of Correspondence with reference to the Maltese Nobility (pages 1 to 47 pdf).

* Assemblea dei Nobili - Regolamenti Generali per la formazione di un Comitato permanente dei Nobili, approvati nell Riunione Generale del 22 April 1876.

* Casino dei Nobili, regolamenti, Malta 1886.

* Regolamenti della Unione delle Nobili Maltesi, Malta 1889.

* A short sketch of the Maltese nobility, Malta 1876.

* Grievances and Claims of the Maltese nobility, 1877.

* Claims of the Maltese, 1835.

* The Appeals of the nobility and people of malta, 1811.

* Notice sur L'Occupation de Malta en 1798.

* Indirizzo al Maltesi da Parte del Loro Amico, 1835.

* History of the Vassallo origins.

* Titles of Bonalbergo/Buonalbergo and the Maltese family of Cumbo.

 
 

 

Maltese Nobility - Assessment of private interpretations

 

* TABULAR VIEW OF PUBLISHED INCONSISTENCIES RELATING TO THE ORIGIN OF NOBILIARY TITLES CONNECTED TO MALTA (TITLES ORIGINATING PRE-1798 ONLY) .

* “The Nobles of Malta, and The Maltese Gentry holding Foreign Titles as at present existing by Geo. G.C.’A. Crispo Barbaro Marquis of St. George” Malta:- A.D. MDCCCLXX .

* Appraisal of various publications regarding the Maltese Nobility which were published 1980-1992.

* Notes on various aspects of certain foreign titles in Malta as published 1981-1992

* Byzantine Maltese nobility?!

* Reflections on “The Scicluna Saga 1772-2008".

* Notes on published successions of titles of Nobility in Malta

* The Maltese Nobility: "Reference of pre-1800 titles with a Maltese connection AND presented for consideration by 19th century reports, i.e. not including other titles which are pre- and post-1800 which were not presented or considered by 19th century reports".

* Five Barbaro Families.

* Three Testaferrata Cassia families.

* Three Testaferrata de Noto Families.

* Three Cassar de Sayn/Cassar Desain families.

* Three Sant Cassia families

* A Slovenian connection to Malta

* The Trials of the Bologna dynasty of Malta

* Three Inguanez families.

* Two d'Amico-Inguanez families.

* Late-Medieval Pirates from Malta.

* Counts Preziosi

* Reassessment of Favray's portrait of an elderly lady with an infant

The Quarterings of Fabrizio Sceberras Testaferrata (The First Maltese Cardinal);

Bottari’s attempt to identify the murderer of Gio Maria Cassia, last of the barons Cassia. 

Marchese di San Vincenzo Ferreri-Non Existent ?.

Who is the rightful Marquis de Piro?.

 Who is the rightful Barone Gauci? .

Who is the rightful Marchese di Gnien is-Sultan? .

* Who is the rightful Baron of Gomerino? .

Who is the rightful Conte di Mont'Alto.

Who is the rightful Marchese di San Giorgio? .

Who is the rightful Count of Senia.

Antonio Lanza Inguanez proven legitimate.

 

Maltese Nobility - Official documents

 

* Correspondence relating to the Grievances and Claims of the Maltese Nobility (House of Commons 1877) (follows an earlier correspondence dated 1876) .

* Maltese Nobility 1878 Correspondence Commissioners report, and Committee Reports of 1883 and 1886.

* Value of the Maltese usage of dei Marchesi, dei Conti and dei Baroni.

* Value of the titles of Marchesino, Contino and Baroncino.

* The Grand Master of Malta acknowledgement of the Conte Vassallo Paleologo's heritage and concessions

 

Maltese Nobility - Courts' application of rules.

 

* Translation from Maltese to English of the 2 Court Judgments (2004 and 2009) relating to a Maltese of Nobility confirming general duty not to recognize any title of nobility

* Privy Council Judgment on Primogenitura--Descent--Construction of Deed--Per lineam masculinam-- Exclusion of legitimated Children--Title through legitimated Person--Jus tertii.

* Privy Council Judgment on Primogenitura--Name clause--Construction--Modus--Contravention-- Excusable error--Holder not guilty of culpa gravis--Undertaking as to future compliance--No forfeiture.

* Modern regulation of Maltese titles of Nobility. 

 

Maltese Nobility - General principles

 

The importance of independent legal and factual bases for titles of Nobility in Malta.

* Different rules for Different titles.

* There are supposedly 32 titles which form the “Maltese Nobility”.

 

Maltese Nobility - General Principles on Foreign titles.

 

* Debunking a Maltese myth on succession of foreign titles.

* Notes on succession of Maltese titles of Nobility since 1798.

* Notes to exclude applying foreign rules to the succession of a Maltese title of Nobility.

* Reassessing the Maltese value of the foreign title of Patrician

* A reassessment of the Maltese Nobility classifications under the government of the Order (1530-1798)

* Biographies of the Maltese Lords-Lieutenants (1815-1839).

The Quarters of the Lords Lieutenants of Malta;  Part B - The Count Romualdo Barbaro;

The Quarters of the Lords Lieutenants of Malta;  Part C - The Marquis Giuseppe Testaferrata Viani;

* The Quarters of the Lords Lieutenants of Malta;  Part D - The Baron Pietro Paolo Testaferrata;

The Quarters of the Lords Lieutenants of Malta;  Part E - The Knight (Sir) Pietro Paolo Pariso Moscati;

The Quarters of the Lords Lieutenants of Malta;  Part F - The Baron Pasquale Sceberras Trigona;

The Quarters of the Lords Lieutenants of Malta;  Part G - The Count Baldassare Sant;

The Quarters of the Lords Lieutenants of Malta;  Part H - The Knight (Sir) Giuseppe Vincenzo Testaferrata;

The Quarters of the Lords Lieutenants of Malta;  Part I - The Marquis Gilberto Testaferrata Viani;

"The Venerable Maria Adeodata Pisani O.S.B. 1806-1855, Baronessina di Frigenuini".

 

Maltese Nobility - Application of General Principles

 

* Historical Context of Titles Disposable by Nomination.

* Verifying the authenticity of claims.

* PDF - Volume 548 of the Archives of the Order.

 

Maltese Nobility - Particular Maltese Fiefs

 

* Identifying the criteria adopted by the Royal Commissioners appointed to enquire into the claims of the Maltese Nobility, for rendering simple fiefs into noble fiefs.

* An act of recognition dated 1878.

* The title of Barone di Djar il-Bniet et Buqana.

* Effects of 1969 legislation on certain fiefs identified by the 1878 Royal Commissioners as "noble fiefs"

* Reassessing the traditions of Mount Sceberras. 

 

Maltese Nobility - Particular Maltese Titles

 

* The family of the Noble Perio Caruana

* Was Nicholas Cilia ever the 'Baron of Budaq'?.

* The Barons Testaferrata (1710 and 1737)

* Titles of Baron of Gomerino (Baron of Gomerino and Baron Testaferrata).

* The Italian wives of the Baron Testaferrata.

* Barony of Marsa.

* Title of Baron of Culeja (a.k.a “Qlejjgha” and “Qlejja”).

* The Tabria court cases (2004-2009).

* Titles of Barone di Friginuini.

* Title of Count della Catena

* Title of Baron of Buleben.

* Title of Baron of Benuarrat (a.k.a “Benwarrad”).

* Marchesi di San Giorgio (“Marquises St. George”)

* Title of Marchese del Fiddien.

* Titles of Marchese della Taflia

* Title of Conte di Santi. 

* Title of Conte di Meimum

* Title of Count of Beberrua

* Title of Barone granted to Francesco Gauci.

* Barony of Grua.

* The unmaking and remaking of the Marchese Cassar Desain.

* Title of Barone di San Giovanni

 

 

Maltese Nobility - Particular Hybrid titles

 

* Title of ‘Conte’ enjoyed by the family Wzzini Paleologo.

 

Maltese Nobility - Particular Foreign Titles

 

* Notes on the foreign titles of Prince of Selimbria, Prince of Mystra, and the foreign titles of Duke of Mondello and Count of Santa Sofia as well as notes on “Burke’s Peerage”.

* Titles of Noble Patrician of Messina (Testaferrata).

* Title of Marquis de Piro.

* Maltese “Hereditary Knights of the Holy Roman Empire”

* Barony of Castel Cicciano.

* Reassessing (again) the title of Baron of Cicciano (Castel Cicciano).

* Titles of Count of Mont’ Alto (Count of Mont’ Alto and Count Manduca)

* The Counts Manduca (1776)

* Title of Marquis of San Vincenzo Ferreri.

* Title of Marquis Testaferrata.

* More documentation relative to the 19th century claims to the 1717 title of Marchese Testaferrata

* Questions on the title of Count Fournier.

* An interpretation of 1793 of the 1770 title of “Conte Sant”.

* Marchese George-Gustavo-Carl' Antonio Crispo-Barbaro's Opinion on the Remainder of the title of "Conte Sant", as published in Malta in 1870.

Further arguements regarding the privileges of Paolo Testaferrata 1590.

* The Abela Patricanate.

* The title of Bahria

* The hereditary Knighthood (Balzano) of the Holy Roman Empire

* The Maltese title of Benuarrat

* The Maltese title of Budack.

* The Maltese title of Buleben.

* The Sicilian title of Casandola.

* The Italian fiefdom of Castel Cicciano.

* The Maltese title of Catena.

* The Roman Patricanship of Ciantar.

* The Venetian Patricanship of Barbaro.

* The Maltese title of Culeja.

* The Austrian (Germanic) title of de Pausier.

* The Spanish title of de Piro.

* The Maltese fiefdoms of Djar il-Bniet e Buqana.

* The Maltese title of Fiddien.

* The Knighthood of King Charles III of Spain (Fontani).

* The Austrian (Germanic) title of de Fournier.

* The Maltese title of Ghajn Kajet.

* The Maltese title of Ghain Toffieha.

* The Maltese title of Ghariexiem e Tabia.

* The Maltese title of Gnien is-Sultan.

* The Maltese title of Gomerino.

* The Maltese title of Grua.

* The Messinese Patricanship (Testaferrata).

* The Messinese Patricanship 1792 (Testaferrata).

* The Maltese title of Marsa.

* The Italian title of Mont'Alto.

* The Maltese title of Most illustrious and Noble.

* The Italian title of Preziosi.

* The Maltese title of San Giorgio.

* The Sicilian title of San Giovanni.

* The Maltese title of San Marciano.

* The Sicilian title of San Paolino.

* The Austrian (Germanic) title of Sant.

* The Italian title of San Vincenzo Ferreri.

* The Maltese title of Senia.

* The Messinese Patricanship of Stagno.

* The Maltese title of Tabria.

* The Maltese title of Taflia.

* The Italian title of Marchese Testaferrata.

* The Roman Patricanship of Testaferrata. 

* The Hereditary Knighthood of the Holy Roman Empire (Testaferrata).

* The Papal title of Wzzini Paleologo.

 

 

International Criticisms of Maltese Nobility

 

* W. Cope Devereux's unhappy description of the Maltese Nobility in 1884.

* Two Extracts from the Book: “A Ride in Egypt” (By W. J. Loftie, London and New York: 1886.).

* The Maltese Nobility as reported to the British Parliament, including many erstwhile unpublished facts

* International Perception of the Maltese Nobility (1907)

* Maltese entries in "The Nobilities of Europe"

* Malta and Gibraltar illustrated 1915 edition on the Maltese nobility.

* Ciro La Rosa Index to Maltese related surnames.

* Wikipedia war on Maltagenealogy.com.

* Wikipedia’s war on Maltagenealogy.com (Part 2).

* Wikipedia Shame.

* Extract from: Prince Ignazio Paterno's "Viaggio per tutte le antichita della Sicilia" (Naples, 1781)

* Messy Maltese Entry in Annuario della Nobilta’ Italiana (XXXI EDITION) Vol. III, part III

* Long long court case of the 20th century (in Maltese).

* Legal Case of Gera de Petri Testaferrata Bonici Ghaxaq vs- Malta

Legitimate heirs of Lusignan of Cyprus.