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* Maestro Giovanni Carbott (Carboneo), Migrated from the Kingdom of Naples, married 1559 Vittoriosa to Nobile Grazia Psinga dei Signori di Grua, with issue.


1. Mco Gio Paolo Carbott - see below.

2. Mro Andrea Carbott, married with issue.

2.1. Fabrizio Carbott, married 1624 Cospicua to Anna Greco, with issue.

2.1.1. Argenta Carbott, married 1638 Cospicua to Bernardo di Lorenzo.

2.1.2. Teresa Carbott, married 1644 Cospicua to Grazio di Naria.

2.2. Filippa Carbott, married 1619 Senglea to Basileo Calafercajiani.

2.3. Lucrezia Carbott, married 1621 Senglea to Domenico Farrugia.

3. Vittoria Carbott, married 1588 Senglea to Leonardo Savona.

4. Barbara Carbott, married 1591 Senglea to Ciarle Rosso.

5. Giuliano Carbott, married 1576 Birkirkara to Vincenza Pace, with issue.

5.1. Mattea Carbott, married 1594 Zejtun to Nobile Nicola di Messina.

6. Simone Carbott, married 1597 Senglea to Nobile Vittoria Burlo, with issue.

6.1. Vittoria Carbott, married 1650 Senglea to Paolo Psinga.

6.2. Grazia Carbott, married 1616 Senglea to Nobile Gio Paolo di Messina.

6.3. Gio Maria Carbott, married (1) 1628 Senglea to Maria Ellul, married (2) 1629 Senglea to Caterina Psaila.

6.4. Antonio Carbott, married 1631 Senglea to Maria Grima.

6.5. Geronimo Gaspare Carbott, married 1634 Senglea to Angela Clerica Grima, with issue.

6.5.1. Lorenzo Carbott, married 1686 Zejtun to Anna Mifsud, with issue. Gio Maria Carbott, married 1737 Zejtun to Maddalena Caruana, with issue. Michele Carabott, married 1767 Zejtun to Caterina Tonna, with issue. Giuseppe Carabott, married 1804 Zejtun to Nobile Caterina Abela, with issue. Antonia Carabott, married 1834 Zejtun to Michele Bugeja.

6.6. Leonardo Carbott, married 1645 Senglea to Costantina Fiteni.



* Mco Gio Paolo Carbott, married 1587 Cospicua to Domenica Micallef, with issue.

1. Mco. Notary Gioannello Carbott,   married 1621 Cospicua to Maria Greco, with issue.

1.1. Marc'Antonio Carbott, married (1) 1652 Valletta to Teresa Gudet, married (2) 1654 Maddalena Flora Gambalino, with issue.

1.1.1. (Second Marriage) Judge. Tomaso Carbott., married 1687 Valletta to Antonia Lucia da Paillara., with issue. Domitilla Carbott., married 1728 at Valletta to Gio Paolo Lauron. Paolina Carbott, married 1726 Valletta to Gaspare Lauron.

1.1.2. Dr. Pietro Antonio Carbott, JUD, married 1702 Valletta to Maria Diana Montalto-Testaferrata. (See Montaldo sives "Montalto" for descent in the Maltese families section) Raimondo Carbott, married 1736 Valletta to
Elizabetta dei Duchi Crispo dei Naxos., with issue. Vincenza Carabott., married 1770 Valletta to Francesco Lavanzin., with issue. Maddelena Lavanzin., married 1791 Valletta to Tomaso Camilleri. Teresa Lavanzin., married 1807 Valletta to Giuseppe Camilleri. Aloiseo Carabott., married Vincenza Mifsud., with issue.  Antonio Carabott., married 1816 to Caterina Mula. Melchiorre Carbott Dr. Gaspare Carbott, - See Below.

1.1.3. Lorenzo Carbott, married to Contessa Caterina Cornelio, with issue. Conte Tomaso Carbott, married 1719 Senglea to Anna Zammit, with issue. Contessa Caterina Carbott, married 1750 Senglea to Stefano De Gabriele, with issue. Conte Tomaso De Gabriele, married 1781 Borgo to Costanza Fenech., with issue. Contessa Maria de Gabriele, married 1802 Matrice Gozo to Michele Hili. Conte Claudio de Gabriele, married 1787 Valletta to Teresa Xerri. Conte Aloiseo de Gabriele, married 1778 Senglea to Maria Scotia, with issue. Conte. Don Saverio Luigi de Gabriele, dunm. Contessa Maria de Gabriele, married to Paolo Diacono. Contessa Carmela de Gabriele, married to Giovanni Cauchi.

1.1.4. Rosa Carbott, married 1711 Valletta to Giuseppe Schembri.

1.1.5. Elizabetta Carbott, married 1711 Valletta to Mco. Vittorio Zammit, with issue. Anna Zammit, married 1729 Valletta to Giuseppe Antonio Peres.

1.1.6. Diana Carbott, married 1716 Valletta to Mco. Geronimo Agius.

1.1.7. (illegitimate from Paolina N) Carlo Carbott, married 1663 Zejtun to Lucrezia Micallef., with issue. Eufemia Carbott, married 1717 Vittoriosa to Salvatore Cutajar, with issue. Colombia Cutajar, married 1742 Valletta to Gregorio Giorgio Canzuch. Maria Cutajar, married 1749 Valletta to Giuseppe Pace. Anna Cutajar, married 1750 Valletta to Antonio Zarb.

1.2. Angelica Carbott, married (1) 1645 Senglea to Rocco Buttafoco, married (2) 1654 Senglea to Vincenzo Buhagiar, with issue.

1.2.1. (First Marriage) Giovanni Buttafoco, married 1665 Birgu to Theresa Salvago, with issue. Giuseppe Buttafoco, married 1687 Birgu to Graziulla Cachia. Sebastiano Buttafoco, married 1696 Birgu to Orsolina Schembri, with issue. Maria Buttafoco, married 1718 Cospicua to Giovanni Godri.

1.3. Clerica Carbott, married 1651 Senglea to Fabrizio di Cristoforo.

2. Marietta Carbott, married 1597 Vittoriosa to Simone Caruana.




* Dr Gaspare Carbott Testaferrata JUD,  married 1734 to Caterina Ghaxaq d'Avola, with issue

1. Saverio, 1st Barone della Grua - See Below.
2. Deodata Carbott, married 1781 to
Michele Apap.
3. Maria Carbott, married 1785 to
Aloiseo Apap.
4. Gio Paolo Carbott, 'Priest', dunm.

5. Marc’Antonio Carbott (1747-1803), Migrated to Imperia Russia and Created Count Carbott and to his descendants by Tsar Paul I 1799 and Knight of St George of Russia and St John of Malta, married 1799 to Countess Irene Mussin-Pushkin, with issue.
5.1. Count Alexis Carabottsky, (1801-94), 2nd Count, Knight of St John of Malta in Russia , dunm.
5.2. Countess Antonia Carabottsky, (1803-), married 1823 to Baron Grigori Gaucisky.
5.3. Countess Costantina Carabottsky, (1805-), married 1825 to Count Carmelo Gauciski.
5.4. Count Antoine Carabottsky, (1807-68), married 1830 to Princess Aloisea Sceberrasky, with issue.
5.4.1. Count Marc Antonio Carabottsky, 3rd Count, (1833-99), 21st President of the Russian Maltese Chamber of Nobility, married 1863 to Countess Catherine Galeaov, with issue. Count Antoine Carabottsky, 4th Count, (1865-1926), President of the Chamber of Nobility in Exile., fled to France, married 1880 to Princess Marie Mamine, with issue. Countess Catherine Carabottsky, (1882-, married 1900 to Prince ALessandro Damatov. Countess Leonore Carabottsky, (1885-, married 1915 to Prince Paul Xuerebsky. Countess Davida Carabottsky, (1886-., dunm. Countess Marie Carabottsky, (1889-, dunm.. Countess Tatiana Carabottsky, (1892-. dunm. Count Carlos Carabottsky, (1866-1923), Knight of St John of Malta in Russia , fled to France, dunm. Count Mark Carabottsky, 5th and Last Count, (1868-1960), Stayed in Russia, married 1892 to Princess Sophia Yaouchev, with issue Countess Henrietta Carabottsky, ( 1895- 1965)., 'Nun', dunm . Countess Catherine Carabottsky, (1870-), married 1894 to Prince Nicholas Kostrov.
5.4.2. Countess Irene Carabottsky, (1836-), married 1860 to Count Nicholas Paul Galeaov.
5.4.3. Count Alexis Carabottsky, (1837-), married 1860 to Marchioness Sophia Fourniersky., with issue. Count George Carabottsky, (1862-98), Knight of St John of Malta in Russia , dunm. Countess Aloisea Carabottsky, (1865-), married 1886 to Prince Enrico Diveiev. Count Tristian Carabottsky, (1865-1918), married 1893 to Princess Andrea Baiovchev.
5.4.4. Count Nicholas Carabottsky, (1840-1928), Knight of St John of Malta in Russia., dunm.
5.4.5. Countess Tatiana Carabottsky, (1834-), married to Baron Grigor Agiusky.


* Saverio Carbott Testaferrata Ghaxaq, 1st Barone della Grua (cr: 1794), married to Anna Bigeni, with issue


1. Guiseppe Carbott, 2nd Barone - See Below.
2. Elisabeth Carbott dei Baroni della Grua, married
Dr Carlo Antonio Bonavita, 1st Conte di San Paolino d'Aquilejo.
3. Graziulia Carbott dei Baroni della Grua, married 1806 to
Paolo Montalto de Ribera, 4th Barone di Benwarrad and 6th Barone di San Paolino.

4. Aloisea Carbott, married (1) 1811 to Guiliame Fournier, Contino Fournier,  married (2) 1814 to Don Carlos Mariani.

5. (illegitimate from mistress Alessandra Preziosi) Maria Concetta Carbott (1789-), married 1807 Valletta to Don Pietro Delicata.


Footnote: Grand Master Rohan on the 30th December 1794, issued a diploma conferring the title of Barone della Grua upon the Magnifico Saverio Carbott Testaferrata, and his first-born sons and descendants, under the rule of primogeniture (de primogenitor in primogenito). The following is an extract from the patent of creation: Tibi tuisque filiis et descendentibus masculis de primogenito in primogenitum tribuimus et concedimus et te hujusmodi Baronis titulo decoramus.. That is to say the grant confers the title on the grantee and his male descendants, from firstborn to firstborn By 1878, the male-to-male descending line of the said Saverio was extinct, for Saverio Carbott left Giuseppe Carbott, second Barone, of whom Saverio Carbott Montalto, junior, was born. Saverio Carbott, junior, had no male issue, but only a daughter Giovanna Carbott Montalto,  wife of Dr. Giuseppe Delicata, of whom Nicola Maria Delicata was born (see below). 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.).



* Guiseppe Carbott, 2nd Barone della Grua, married to Contessa Margarita Montalto de Ribera dei Baroni di Benwarrad, with issue.

1. Conte Saverio Carbott Montalto, 3rd Barone -See Below.
2. Contessa Maria Carbott Montalto, married to
Conte Francesco Saverio Formosa de Fremaux, Comte de Santa Sofia, with issue.
2.1. Contessa Maria Antonia Formosa Carbott Montalto, married 1863 Cospicua to Sig. Guglielmo Borg, (Seven Generations of Ancestors), with issue.
2.1.1. Conte Paolo Borg Carbott, 6th Barone - See Below.
2.1.2. Contessa Rosina Borg Carbott, married Eugenio Fenech, with issue Contessa Mary Fenech Carbott, married 1941 to
Joseph Teuma Castelletti, Contino di Ghajn Tuffieha. Contessa Anne Fenech Carbott, dunm.
2.1.3. Conte Francesco Saverio Borg Carbott, 7th Barone - See Below.
2.1.4. Conte Guglielmo Borg Carbott., married 1902 to
Contessa Giorgina dei Conti Sant Fournier., with issue. Contessa Maria Rosaria Borg Carbott, (1911-2011), married to Joseph Gulia, with issue. Contessa Maria Gulia, married to Carmel Micallef. Contessa Phylls Gulia, married to Joseph Cassar Naudi. Contessa Doris Gulia, married to Joseph Attard. Contessa Wilhelmina Gulia, married to Anthony Sammut. Contessa Georgiana Gulia, married to Philip Grima. Conte Joseph Gulia, married to Evelyn N. Contessa Carmen Gulia, married to Graham Ayers. Conte Joseph Borg Carbott (1909-1994), married 1939 to Francesca Ambrogio,  with issue. Contessa Mary Rose Borg Carbott (1942-., married to George Busietta, with issue. Contessa Denise Busietta, (1966-. Conte Vincent Borg Carbott, married to Ilona Naudi, with issue. Contessa Greta Borg Carbott, married 2011 Mdina to Konrad Xuereb, with issue. Contessa Sophia Xuereb, (2013 -. Contessa Justine Xuereb. Contessa Helene Xuereb, (2017-. Conte Dr David Borg Carbott LLD. Contessa Francesca Borg Carbott. Contessa Lilian Borg Carbott (1947-., married to Felix Abela, with issue. Conte Stuart Abela, (1975-. Conte Duncan Abela, (1978-. Contessa Antoinette Borg Carbott, (d. 1993), married to N. Shaw, with issue.

2.2. Contessa Carmela Formosa Carbott Montalto, married Francesco Rizzo, with issue

3. Contessa Elizabetta Carbott, married 1836 to Nobile Ugolino Bonici Mompalao.


* Conte Saverio Carbott Montalto, 3rd Barone della Grua, married to Contessa Paola Formosa de Fremaux, with issue

1. Giovanna Carbott Montalto, 4th Baroness  - See Below.


* Contessa Giovanna Carbott Montalto, ‘4th Baronessa della Grua’ (died 1855), married Don Dr. Giuseppe Delicata, LL.D dei Marchesi di Ghajn Qajjed, Hereditary Noble of Hungary, with issue.

1. Conte Nicola Maria Delicata Carbott, 5th Barone - See Below.

Footnote: Although Giovanna Carbott Montalto is listed by published sources as the 4th Baronessa della Grua , such listing is consonant with neither the 1794 grant nor the recommendations of the 1878 Commission because the charter specifically allows males only to enjoy the title. Whether in this case, a male can succeed through a female descent is discussed below. 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.).

* Conte Nicola Maria Delicata Carbott, 5th (recte: 4th) Barone della Grua (1854-88), Hereditary Noble of Hungary, dunm.

When Nicola Maria Delicata claimed this title, a question arose whether the grant made out to Saverio Carbott allows the son of a female descendant to be called to the succession of a title, or, on the contrary, the title is determined by the extinction of the grantees male line. With reference to that question, the 1878 Commissioners opined that it is a settled point of jurisprudence that the appellation of male descendants includes not only the sons issuing from the male line (masculi ex masculis), but also those issuing from the female line (masculi ex foeminis), when, however, some other expression occurs in the deed of grant which controls the meaning of that term, as for instance when the grantor limits his grant to such among his male descendants as should belong to the male line (descendentes masculi ex linea masculina);, or when he employs other words which clearly show that he contemplated the grantees agnatio, in such case, the effect of the disposition is limited to the male line, and on the failure of males issuing from that line the grant becomes extinct, the male issue of daughters not being called into succession.

In the case of the grant to Saverio Carbott, the order of succession settled in the 1794 charter granting the title in question includes generally the grantees male descendants, and therefore taking the law relative to the transmission of lands (primogeniture) to be applicable to the transmission of titles, that charter was taken to comprehend Nicola Maria Delicata who albeit the primogenial descendant of Saverio Carbott. is only descended from the grantee through a female line. 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.).


* Conte Paolo Borg Carbott (died 1915), 6th (recte: 5th) Barone della Grua, married to Elise Borg, with issue.

1. Contessa Maria Antonia Borg Carbott., married Chev. Luigi Agius KM, dsp.


* Conte Francesco Saverio Borg Carbott (1869-1936), 7th (recte: 6th) Barone della Grua, married firstly 1894  Sliema to Elena Randon Chapelle, with one son, and married secondly in 1902 to Carmela Magri, with further issue

1. (First Marriage). Conte William Borg Carbott, 8th Barone-See Below.
2. (Second Marriage), Conte Giovanni Borg Carbott (1902- ) dsp.
3. (Second Marriage), Conte Francesco Saverio Borg Carbott, (1903-82), Baroncino della Grua, married 1957 to Mikelina Grixti, with issue
Conte Peter Borg Carbott (1958- ??), Recognised 9th (recte: 8th) Baron of Grua. dunm. (Though was engaged at the time of his death. R.I.P).
3.2. Conte Louis Borg Carbott (1960-ob, inf.)
Conte Daniele Borg Carbott, 10th (recte: 9th) Baron of Grua.,(1964- , married to Rita..., with issue.
3.3.1. Conte Luke Borg Carbott, (1992-, Baroncino della Grua.
3.3.2. Conte Andrew Borg Carbott, (1996-.
3.3.3. Contessa Justine Borg Carbott, (2004-.
3.4. Contessa Rose Marie Borg Carbott, (1957-, married 2012 to Frank Polidano
3.5. Contessa Bernardette Borg Carbott, (1960-, married 1988 to Joseph Vella, with issue.
3.5.1. Conte Stephen Vella, (1991-.
3.5.2. Contessa Maria Vella, (1995-.
3.6. Contessa Anne Marie Borg Carbott, (1962-, married 1986 to Martin Farrugia, with issue.
3.6.1. Contessa Francine Farrugia, (1987-.
3.6.2. Contessa Giselle Farrugia, (1989-.
3.6.3. Conte Matthew Farrugia, (1994-.
4. (Second Marriage). Conte Giuseppe Borg Carbott, (1904- ), married Frances Buty, with issue
4.1. Conte John Borg Carbott.
4.2. Contessa Bernardette Borg Carbott.
5. Conte Antonio Borg Carbott, (1905- ), married .....
5.1. Conte Martin Borg Carbott.
6. Contessa Eleanore Borg Carbott, (1916-2002), married Antonio Cilia, with issue
6.1. David Cilia
6.2. Michale Cilia
6.3. Felicity Cilia
6.4. William Cilia
6.5. Stephen Cilia


* William Borg Carbott (1900-83), 8th Barone della Grua, dunm.


Titled, De Jures and Heirs.

* Titled: Daniel Borg Carbott, as the present 10th (recte: 9th) Baron
* Heir: (his son) Luke Borg Carbott, as the Baroncino.

Special remainder: Tibi tuisque filiis et descendentibus masculis de primogenito in primogenitum tribuimus et concedimus et te hujusmodi Baronis titulo decoramus



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