Marchese Apap Testaferrata, 1889.

Last Update: 16-04-2023.

The Peerage and Knightage in Malta, (Midsea Books, Malta 2018).

created Marquis Apap Testaferrata 1889 by the Papacy, Some time after this unsuccessful attempt to the title of Marchese Testaferrata, the Marchese Giuseppe Apap Testaferrata received another title of Marchese Apap Testaferrata from His Holiness Pope Leo XIII on the 11 December 1889, The 1889 title of Marchese Apap Testaferrata was obviously granted after the conclusion of the 1878 Commission. Therefore there can be no reference to that title in the 1878 report. It should be remembered that the purpose of that report (as the report reads) was to identify those titles which were granted or recognized by the sovereign authorities of Malta during the Government of the Knights of Saint John. Some may argue that this title is not one of those titles ‘recognised by the British Monarch’. That argument is flawed because the purpose of the 1878 Commission was not to ‘recognize’ but to ‘identify’ those titles which had already been granted or recognized during the Government of the Order (1530-1798). This is better explained by the terms of reference to the Commissioners that ‘the Secretary of State for the colonies decided that the heads of the families who, before the annexation of Malta to the British Dominions, obtained tiles of nobility, should in accordance with a precedent during the administration of the late Governor, Sir Henry K. Storks, have precedence of the Chamber of Commerce, and in order to ascertain (etc)’. In this case, the title of Marchese Apap Testaferrata is simply not one of those titles that were obtained during the Government of the Order. 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 letter of Chief Secretary to Government to Commissioners dated March 8, 1877 (page 52).

Granted to: Marchese Giuseppe Apap Testaferrata.

By: Pope Leo XIII.

On: 1889 at Rome, Papal States

With Remainder to: ad personam.

List of Title holders: 

1.  Marchese Giuseppe Apap Testaferrata, (d. 1905), 1st Marchese, extinct.

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