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Pietro Barbara,  (a possible relative of Vincenzo Cartusio Barbara),  married 1558 Birgu to Bernarda Cascun sives Gascun or Guascone, (daughter of Stefano and Dianora of Rhodes Island – See Notary act 1554 by Notary Angelo Bartolo), with issue.

1. Gio Paolo Barbara, married 1592 Gudja to Caterina Camenzuli, with issue. 

1.1. Grezio Barbara, married 1652 Tarxiem to Maruzza Bonavia, with issue.

1.1.1. Pietro Barbara,  married (1) 1677 Ghaxaq to Caterina Mallia,  married (2) 1712 Cospicua to Domenica Caruana, with issue. (First marriage) Grezio Barbara, married 1729 Zejtun to Anna Tabone, with issue. Angelo Barbara, married 1774 Zejtun to Anna Tabone, with issue. Grezio Barbara, married (1) 1807 Zejtun to Margherita Galea,  married (2) 1820 Zejtun to Anna Buttigieg, with issue. (First marriage) Angelo Barbara, married 1833 Zejtun to Antonia Mifsud, with issue. Paolo Angelo Barbara, married 1872 Zejtun to Rosa de Emmanuele, with issue. Giovanni Barbara, married 1893 Zejtun to Spiridona Caruana, with issue. Giuseppe Barbara, married 1919 Zabbar to Antonia Agius, with issue. Agatha Barbara KUOM, (1923-2002), President of Malta (r. 1982-1987), [Times of Malta]; dunm. Joan Barbara. Charles Barbara, (1921 – 2011). Consiglio Barbara, married 1900 Tarxien to Carmela Mizzi, with issue. Giovanni Barbara, married 1924 Balzan to Carmela Sammut. Andrea Barbara, married (1) 1900 Tarxien to Maria Carmela Xiberras, married (2) 1915 Tarxien to Liberata Xiberras, with issue. (First marriage) Nazzareno Barbara, married 1924 Tarxien to Agostina Mercieca. Grazia Barbara, married 1922 Tarxien to Giovanni Pace. Tomaso Barbara, married 1833 Zejtun to Maria Spiteri. Maria Barbara, married 1836 Zejtun to Alexio Barbara, 3rd Barone Barbara of Naples. (See on this page). (Second Marriage) Salvatore Barbara, married 1847 Zejtun to Maria Anna Busuttil. Caterina Barbara, married 1844 Zejtun to Giuseppe Busuttil. Maria Barbara, married 1800 Zejtun to Francesco Ellul, with issue. Giuseppe Ellul, married 1826 Gudja to Sapienza Gristi. Andrea Ellul, married 1828 Kirkop to Grazia Cutajar. Giuseppe Barbara, married 1819 Zejtun to Maria Farrugia, with issue. Salvatore Barbara, married 1841 Zejtun to Caterina Abela. Angela Barbara, married 1841 Senglea to Filippa Vella. Caterina Barbara, married 1808 Qormi to Antonio Cassar. Giuseppe Barbara, married 1780 Zejtun to Maria Caruana, with issue. Grazio Barbara, married 1805 Zejtun to Teresa Ruggier, with issue. Giuseppe Barbara, married 1828 Senglea to Anna Caruana, with issue. Paolo Barbara, married 1856 Gudja to Carmela Mifsud. Michele Barbara, married (1) 1838 Senglea to Concetta Storaci, married (2) 1843 Cospicua to Concetta Ellul. Salvatore Barbara, married 1841 Zejtun to Angela Gudert. Maria Barbara, married 1842 Senglea to Giuseppe Delicata. Vittoria Barbara, married 1846 Senglea to Sebastiano Romani. Salvatore Barbara, married 1814 Ghaxaq to Maria Farrugia. Teresa Barbara, married 1815 Zejtun to Francesco Spiteri. Anna Barbara, married 1804 Zejtun to Lorenzo Bugeja. Caterina Barbara, married 1805 Zejtun to Andrea Bonnici. Teodora Barbara, married 1810 Zejtun to Benigno Abela. Anna Maria Barbara, married 1752 Zejtun to Lorenzo Spiteri. Caterina Barbara, married 1762 Zejtun to Orazio Caruana. Antonio Barbara, married 1775 Zabbar to Caterina Mangion, with issue. Giovanni Barbara, married 1805 Mdina to Giovanna Falzon, with issue. Antonia Barbara, married 1836 Valletta to Antonio Farrugia. Maria Barbara, married 1839 Valletta to Giorgio Borg. Maria Barbara, married 1809 Valletta to Paolo Bonnici. Anna Barbara, married 1814 Valletta to Andrea Azzopardi. Rocco Barbara, married 1738 Gudja to Caterina Parnis, with issue. Giuseppe Barbara, married 1771 Gudja to Grazia Dalli, with issue. Giovanna Barbara, married 1814 Gudja to Matteo Chetcuti. Caterina Barbara, married 1794 Gudja to Michele Ellul. Maria Barbara, married 1798 Gudja to Pietro Chetcuti. Rosaria Barbara, married (1) 1803 Gudja to Saverio Saliba, married (2) 1814 Gudja to Lorenzo Polidano. Gio Maria Barbara, married (1) 1775 Valletta to Rosa Anastasi, married (2) 1822 Gudja to Rosa Camilleri. Silvestro Barbara, married 1778 Gudja to Teresa Pace, with issue. Caterina Barbara, married 1858 Valletta to Giorgio Calleja, dsp. Maria Barbara, married 1804 Cospicua to Vincenzo Valletta. Rosa Barbara, married 1774 Gudja to Giovanni Caruana. Grazia Barbara, married 1792 Gudja to Giovanni Barbara, with issue. Maria Barbara, married 1819 Valletta to Giorgio Magri. Bernardo Barbara, married 1718 Gudja to Anna N, with issue. Giuseppe Barbara, married 1744 Zejtun to Maria Bonnici, with issue. Francesco Barbara, married 1779 Gudja to Margherita Farrugia. Simone Barbara, married (1) 1698 Ghaxaq to Maria Tabone, married (2) 1759 Ghaxaq to Giovanna Falzon. Giuseppe Barbara, married 1708 Ghaxaq to Anna Abela, with issue. Nicola Barbara, married (1) 1739 Gudja to Caterina Vella, married (2) 1787 Gudja to Vittoria Attard, with issue. (First marriage) Liberata Barbara, married 1781 Gudja to Giovanni Saliba, with issue. Grazia Saliba, married 1802 Gudja to Giovanni Farrugia. Giovanni Barbara, married 1775 Gudja to Caterina Zammit, with issue. Giuseppe Barbara, married 1802 Gudja to Caterina Zammit, with issue. Angelo Barbara, (1819-1899), married 1833 to Giuseppa Saliba, with issue. Grazia Barbara, married 1870 Gudja to Gaetano Sacco. Carmelo Barbara, (1851-1933), married 1875 Gudja to Giovanna Zammit, with issue. Carmela Barbara, (1878-1948). Giuseppe Barbara, (1881-1975), married 1903 to Carmela Tabone, with issue. Giovanni Barbara, (1914-1988). Teresa Barbara, (1883-1947). Fortunato Barbara, (1885-1962). Maria Assunta Barbara, (1890-1974), married 1908 to Gaetano Sacco. Pietro Barbara, (1896-). Maria Barbara, married 1857 Gudja to Federico Darmanin. Teresa Barbara, married 1864 Gudja to Salvatore Mifsud. Maria Barbara, married 1795 to Leonardo Agius. Michele Barbara, married 1800 Gudja to Caterina Agius. Lucio Barbara, married 1806 Gudja to Anna Zammit. Grazia Barbara, married 1810 Gudja to Salvatore Caruana. Lorenza Barbara, married 1813 Gudja to Giuseppe Cutajar. Lorenzo Barbara, married 1820 Gudja to Francesca Dalli. Nicola Barbara, married 1822 Gudja to Grazia Schembri. Maria Barbara, married 1775 Gudja to Giuseppe Saliba. Lorenzo Barbara, married 1779 Gudja to Paola Dalli. Teresa Barbara, married 1784 to Giovanni Caruana. Gio Maria Barbara, married 1738 Ghaxaq to Caterina Mizzi, with issue. Giuseppe Barbara, married 1760 Ghaxaq to Antonia Baldacchino, with issue. Giovanni Barbara, married 1781 Gudja to Angela Xiberras, with issue. Giuseppe Barbara, married 1808 Cospicua to Angela Mangion, with issue. Vincenzo Barbara, married 1851 Valletta to Marianna Scaguarini, with issue. Rosaria Barbara, married 1891 Valletta to Salvatore Baldacchino, with issue. Giuseppa Baldacchino, married 1917 Sliema to Nobile Francesco Spiteri, Hereditary Noble of Hungary. Eufemia Barbara, married 1708 Ghaxaq to Nobile Angelo Abela.

1.1.2. Michele Barbara, married 1677 Ghaxaq to Alonsia Mizzi, with issue. Grazio Barbara, married 1705 Zejtun to Caterina Bonnici, with issue. Michele Barbara, married (1) 1736 Tarxiem to Veronica Mallia, married (2) 1772 Tarxiem to Carmela Farrugia, with issue. (First Marriage) Clemente Barbara, married 1779 Zejtun to Anna Caruana, with issue. Giuseppe Barbara, married 1809 Zejtun to Gioannella Portelli. Veronica Barbara, married 1803 Zejtun to Pietro Grima.

1.2. Maria Barbara, married 1635 Gudja to Gio Angelo Farrugia, with issue.

1.2.1. Anna Farrugia, married 1678 (Notary Gio Domenico Gatt) to Notary Michele Angelo Pullicino.

1.3. Maruzza Barbara, married 1638 Safi to Domenico Falzon.

2. Fra Giacomo Barbara, Priest/Monk, dunm.l.

2.1. (illegitimate with Slave maid) Niccolo de Barbara, married 1599 Gudja to Antonia Pace, with issue.

2.1.1. Mario Barbara, married 1634 Gudja to Margherita Calleja, with issue. Giovanni Barbara, married 1683 Gudja to Domitilla Cachia, with issue. Vincenzo Barbara, married 1721 Zejtun to Margherita Tabone, with issue. Giovanni Barbara, married 1744 Zejtun to Nobile Anna Abela, Hereditary Nobile of Hungary, with issue. Vincenzo Barbara, (d. 1828), Officer of the French Fleet, Senior Offical and confidant to King Joseph Murat of Naples, created Barone Barbara – 27 May 1813 in the Kingdom of Naples (Bollettino delle leggi dei Regno), (returned to Malta in 1818), Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1770 Lija to Maria Xerri, with issue. Nobile Salvatore Barbara, 2nd Barone Barbara in the Kingdom of Naples, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1802 Zejtun to Rosa Caruana, with issue. Nobile Alexio Barbara, 3rd Barone Barbara in the Kingdom of Naples, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried (1) 1836 Zejtun to Maria Barbara, (See above), married (2) 1859 Maria Vella, with issue. (First marriage) Nobile Carmelo Barbara, 4th Barone Barbara in the Kingdom of Naples, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried (1) 1863 Mdina to Maria Micallef, married (2) 1869 Mdina to Maria Anna Vella, with issue. (First marriage) Nobile Paolo Barbara, 5th Barone Barbara in the Kingdom of Naples, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1889 Mdina to Giovanna Vella. (Second marriage) Nobile Giuseppe dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1909 Mdina to Maria Carmela Vella. Nobile Salvatore dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1911 Mdina to Rebecca Falzon. Nobile Carmelo dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1911 Mdina to Carmela Bonnici. Nobile Emmanuele dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1916 Birkirkara to Maria Sammut. Nobile Carmela dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1899 Mdina to Francesco Tonna. (Third marriage) Nobile Giusto Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1919 Zejtun to Angela Mifsud. Nobile Consiglio dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1931 Zejtun to Veneranda Farrugia. Nobile Giuseppa dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1917 Zejtun to Andrea Galea. (illegitimate with Giovanna Barbara) Maria de Barbara, married 1869 Gudja to Pietro Farrugia. Nobile Giovanni dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1837 Zejtun to Caterina Camilleri, with issue. Nobile Francesco dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1880 Ghaxaq to Rosa Galea, with issue. Nobile Rosa dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1863 Zejtun to Grazio Zammit. Nobile Vincenza dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1827 Zejtun to Salvatore Tabone. Lorenzo dei Baroni Barbara, (Styled dei Baroni after his brother was ennobled), Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1778 Zejtun to Teresa Callus, with issue. Giovanni dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1803 Zejtun to Caterina Gatt, with issue. Angelo dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1832 Zejtun toi Marianna Tabone. Lorenza dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1837 Zejtun to Angelo Galea. Marianna dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1829 Zejtun to Santo Caruana. Giuseppe dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1811 Zejtun to Eleanora Busuttil, with issue. Caterina dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1847 Zejtun to Giuseppe Vella, with issue. Carmelo Vella, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1878 Ghaxaq to Paola Gatt. Lorenza dei Baroni Barbara, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1804 Zejtun to Bartolomeo Zahra, with issue. Lorenzo Zahra, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1832 Zejtun to Giuseppa Musci. Vincenzo Zahra, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1847 Zejtun to Maria Caruana. Grazia Zahra, Hereditary Nobile of Hungarymarried 1838 Zejtun to Michele Baldacchino. Angelo Barbara, married 1753 Zejtun to Maria Ellul. Chco Mario Barbara, married 1707 Qormi to Anna Maria Falzon. Angelo Barbara, married 1730 Zabbar to Geronima Micallef, with issue. Margherita Barbara, married 1749 Zabbar to Geronimo Cachia. Domitilla Barbara, married 1760 Zabbar to Nicola Pancosta. Giovanni Barbara, married 1761 Senglea to Maria Pancosta. Maria Barbara, married 1770 Zabbar to Salvatore Bonello. Paolo Barbara, married 1775 Valletta to Veneranda Balloto. Paolo Barbara, married 1731 Zabbar to Aloisia Mifsud, with issue. Giovanni Barbara, married 1750 Zabbar to Domenica Cassar. Domenico Barbara, married 1664 Gudja to Vittoria Cachia.

2.2. Mariano Martino de Barbara, married (1) 1603 Gudja to Maria Vella, married (2) 1620 Gudja to Domenica Mallia, married (3) 1634 Gudja to Nobile Domenica Bonnici, with issue.

2.2.1. (Third Marriage) Gio Domenico Barbara, married 1648 Zabbar to Nobile Orsolica Abela, with issue. Francesco Barbara, married 1679 Zurrieq to Grazia d’Armenia, with issue. Gio Domenico Barbara, married (1) 1702 Qrendi to Grazia Caruana, married (2) 1711 Valletta to Susanna Fabri, with issue. (First Marriage) Lorenzo Barbara, married 1726 Valletta to Alberta Bartolomea Gatt, with issue. Gio Battista Barbara, married 1747 Matrice Gozo to Caterina Lazzarina Vella, with issue. Giovanni Barbara, married 1781 Gudja to Nobile Grazia Bonnici, with issue. Maria Barbara, married 1819 Gudja to Bernardo Barbara. Anna Barbara, married 1713 Gudja to Luca Ellul.

2.3. Sebastiano Barbara, married 1643 Luqa to Margherita Mallia, with issue.

2.3.1. Grazia Barbara, married 1664 Gudja to Vincenzo Azzopardi.

3. Margherita Barbara, married 1571 Gudja to Pietro Viani of Nizzardo, Italy, with issue.

3.1. Claudio Viani, married 1623 Matro by Notary Michele Ralli to Imperia Ciantar, with issue.

3.1.1. Amadeo Viani, married 1639 Birgu to Anna Gandolfo, with issue Vincenzo Viani, married 1663 Valletta to Maddalena Pensa, with issue Isidore Viani, 1st Baron of Tabria, (Cr:1726) , Most Illustrious and Noble (1730), [Owing to a great abuse which had crept in, of notaries and lawyers giving the style of Nobile and Illustrissimo to many persons indiscriminately in public documents, the Grand Master de Vilhena issued a Pragmatic in the year 1725 in which he criminalized such unauthorized use. A copy verbatim of the Pragmatic dated 30th April 1725 is found in the sub-Enclosure in Enclosure No. 3 in the letter from Governor Simmons to The Earl of Derby dated 28 October 1884 which is published in Copies or Extracts of Correspondence with reference to the Maltese Nobility (In Continuation of C-3812) presented to the House of Lords by Command of Her Majesty, May 1886. In the said copy verbatim, there is what appears to be an exhaustive list of the persons who at different times received from the said Grandmaster and his successors, an exception from the aforesaid pragmatic, thereby allowing them the right to use the styles of Most Illustrious and Noble, namely: (1) Milite Barone Marc’ Antonio Inguanez (See Djar il-Bniet) and his wife Baronessa Inguanez (See Gomerino) (30 April 1725); (2)Barone di Cicciano Fabritio Testaferrata (See:Castel Cicciano) and his mother the Baronessa di Gomerino Beatrice Cassia Testaferrata (See Gomerino), (11 May 1725), (3) Marchese di San Vincenzo Ferreri Mario Testaferrata (See: San Vincenzo Ferreri) (9 July 1725), (4) Carlo Falson (See Falson), and Eleanora Testaferrata (See: Capo di Ferro) (13 June 1726), (5) Barone di San Marciano Diego Galea Feriolo (See: San Marciano), (2 September 1726), (6) Barone Gio Pio De Piro (See De Piro) (19 March 1727), (7) Canon Giuseppe di Costanzo (See Paganica), and Donna Rosa (See De Noto),widow of Gio Battista di Costanzo (24 May 1729), (8) Barone Isidoro Viani (See: Tabria), (27 June 1730), (9) D. Vincenzo Platamone (See Platamone),and Antonio Bonnici (??), (10) Baldassare Bonnici (13 January 1732), (11) Calcerano Mompalao (See: Mompalao)), Giuseppe and Caterina Cuschieri (See: Frigenuini) (6 March 1732), (12) Barone Saverio Gatt (See: Benwarrad) (23 August 1737), (13) Signor Ludovico Bianchi (See: Bianchi) (25 October 1741), (14) Dr.Ugolino Bonnici (5 September 1794), (15) Dr. Saverio Crispo (See:Crispo) (??). The title of Barone della Tabria was granted by Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena, by patent, on the 11th December 1728, to the nobleman Isidoro Viani, and to one of his male or female descendents, with power to each holder of the title to name his successor: He was invested in that title on the 21 December 1728. Succession to the title was not complete until the successor was invested. ], Married 1702 Valletta and Matrice Gozo to Teodora Attard Gauci, with issue. Gio Battista Viani, 2nd Baron of Tabria, [Gio Battista Viani was invested in the title by Grand Master Raimondo Despuig on the 18 January 1740. Gio Battista died in 1784 leaving two daughters. The eldest, Francesca who was unmarried suffered a profonda malinconia after her father died and was put in the care of a curator. However she soon recovered and personally petitioned the Grand Master within the peremptory term of un anno ed un giorno a supplicare l’Investitura that her nephew the Marchese Giuseppe Testaferrata Viani be invested in her stead. Francesca’s petition was upheld on the 14 October 1784 and Giuseppe was duly invested by the Grand Master on the 22 October 1784 as the third holder. National Library of Malta Collections Archives of the Order, Volume 589, f.323r; 1194, ff.170r, 333r-338r. Marquis Giuseppe Testaferrata Viani (senior) was the third and last person to have been formally invested in the 1728 title of Baron Viani of Tabria. Following the 1784 investiture, and order of primogeniture, succession is reckoned as follows: Isidoro Viani, (1st Baron), Gio Batta Viani (2nd), Giuseppe Testaferrata Viani (3rd), Gilberto Testaferrata Viani (4th), Giuseppe Testaferrata Viani (5th), Salvatore Testaferrata Moroni Viani (6th), Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Moroni Viani (7th), Salvino Testaferrata Moroni Viani (8th). It appears that the Marchese Giuseppe (3rd) “donated” the title of Tabria to his younger son Mario (4th, succeeding by ‘donation’) by virtue of a deed in the acts of Notary Lorenzo Antonio Azzopardi of the 16th June 1834. Published sources do not make any reference to this transaction:- this is probably because of the principle that private transactions regarding titles of nobility are null and void (See notes above). On the other hand, Giuseppe Testaferrata Viani (5th) is noted as having ‘nominated’ this title to his younger nephew Rosario Testaferrata Moroni Viani (6th Baron, succeeding ‘by nomination’). This private transaction was upheld as valid by a judgment dated 4 October 1894 (Testaferrata Moroni Viani vs Testaferrata Moroni Viani). Following this private transaction, supplemented by the aforesaid judgment ulterior enumeration is as follows: Mary Violet Scicluna (7th, following a ‘nomination’ in favour of Rosario), Patrick Scicluna (8th Baron, younger son of Mary Violet ‘by nomination’). Furthermore, said Patrick Scicluna is also noted as having died in 1978 without nominating a successor and that in 1983 this title was ‘brought out of abeyance’ in favour of his elder brother Joseph Scicluna (9th Baron, ‘brought out of abeyance’), who in turn passed the title by means of a deed made in the acts of Notary Jeanette Laferla Saliba of the 14 January 1985 n to a kinswoman Lilianina Bugeja nee Falzon Sant Manduca (‘by a transfer inter vivos, and ratification”) and that this transaction was ‘ratified’ by the Committee of Privileges 25th July 1985. According to Maltese media reports, Bugeja died, also without having made a nomination, and the title was ‘awarded’ to the Sciclunas’ sister Corinne Ramsay. Some court cases were instigated both by Bugeja’s son Philip as well as Ramsay and her daughter Christianne. During the court cases it resulted that Joseph Scicluna had also made a will in favour of Lilianina Bugeja. However, in each case the Maltese Courts declared themselves to have no jurisdiction to hear such matters because Malta had legislated in 1975 (Act XXIX of 1975) against recognition of nobiliary titles in any form whatsoever], [1];. married 1733 Valletta to Maria Teresa Bonici dei Baroni di Qlejjgha, with issue. Nobile Francesca Viani, declined the succession in 1784 in favour of her nephew with the Grand Master’s consent., dunm. Nobile Anna Viani, married 1762 to Marchese Mario Testaferrata Castelletti. Nobile Carlo Viani, married 1735 to Francesca dei Conti Wizzini, with issue. Nobile Isidore Viani, married 1770 to Elisabetta Testaferrata with issue. Nobile Stefano Viani, married 1825 to Antonia Sceberras., with issue. Nobile Elizabetta Viani, married 1850 to Giorgio Mallia Tabone. Nobile Carlo Viani, married 1792 Palermo Sicily to Donna Maria Caterina Tomasi dei Principe di Lampedusa., with issue. Nobile Isidore Viani Tomasi, (1794-1864 New York City, USA), Migrated to USA 1815 from London. (Married with issue in USA) . Nobile Vincenzo Viani Tomasi, (1796-1851 New York City USA), Migrated to USA 1815. (Married with issue). Nobile Tomaso Viani Tomasi, (1802-69 Palermo, Sicily), married with issue. Nobile Patrizio Viani Tomasi, (1805-74 Palermo Sicily)., married with issue. Nobile Elizabetta Viani Tomasi, (1800-91 Valletta Malta), married (1) 1820 to Conte Giuseppe dei Conti Preziosi., married (2) 1824 to Cav. Antoine Locano. Nobile Teodora Viani, married 1765 to Marchese Giuseppe Testaferrata. Nobile Barbara Viani. Nobile Anna Luisa Viani. Anna Viani, married 1691Valletta to Dr Massimiliano Olivier de Puget JUD, with issue. Angelica Viani, married 1695 Valletta to Andrea Grech. (son of Carlo and Grazia Ravier), with issue. Teodora Grech, married 1715 Valletta to Lorenzo Baldassare Zammit. Franco Viani., married 1704 Valletta to Anna Galea, with issue. Gio Maria Viani., married (1) 1734 Senglea to Teresa Picinotti, married (2) 1738 Valletta to Teresa Cilia. Maruzza Viani, married 1660 to Eugenio Carletto, with issue. Rosa Carletto, married 1694 Valletta to Tomaso Bonett. Marino Carlett, married 1707 to Grazia Spiteri, with issue. Felice Carlett, married 1731 Senglea to Barbara Calleja. Tomaso Carlett, married 1732 to Caterina Grech, with issue. Giovanna Carlett, married 1763 to Salvatore Bondin. 

3.1.2. Gio Batta Viani, married 1630 Valletta to Maruzza Agius, with issue. Veronica Viani, married 1653 to Jean Ollivier de Puget. Pietro Viani, married 1665 Vittoriosa to Angelica Cap.

3.1.3. Caterina Viani, married 1627 to Matteolo Savona.

3.2. Marietta Viani, married 1610 to Giacomo Galea.

3.3. Giovanna Viani, married Boniface Armosa di Marsiglia.

3.4. Vincenzo Viani, married to Paolina N, with issue.

3.4.1. Angelica Viani, married 1610 to Matteo Borg, with issue. Maria Borg Viani, married 1638 Birkirkara to Domenico Micallef.

4. Nicola Barbara, married 1591 Gudja to Domenica Magri, with issue.

4.1. Antonio Barbara, married 1625 Kirkop to Scolastica Tabone, with issue.

4.1.1. Grazia Barbara, married 1665 Tarxiem to Carlo Perotti, with issue. Antonio Perotti, married 1705 Cospicua to Rosa di Giovanni, with issue. Domenico Perotti, married 1727 Senglea to Caterina Debono. Pietro Paolo Perotti, married 1707 Cospicua to Margherita Micallef, with issue. Maria Perotti, married 1731 Cospicua to Nicola Agius. Carolo Perotti, married (1) 1742 Cospicua to Felicita Micallef, married (2) 1765 Cospicua to Maria Mallia, with issue. (First marriage) Maria Perotti, married 1765 Cospicua to Salvatore Caruana. Paolo Perotti, married 1777 Vittoriosa to Giovanna Borg, with issue. Carolo Perotti, married 1809 Vittoriosa to Rosa Maria Rocchi. Nicola Perotti, married 1825 Vittoriosa to Anna Micallef. Imperia Perotti, married 1753 Cospicua to Paolo Caruana. Marcello Perotti, married (1) 1745 Cospicua to Teresa Portelli, married (2) 1767 Cospicua to Caterina Farrugia, with issue. (First marriage) Orosla Perotti, married 1764 Cospicua to Pasquale Busuttil. Anna Maria Perotti, married 1785 Cospicua to Vincenzo Gerada. Enrico Perotti, married (1) 1711 Cospicua to Paola Gilibert, with issue. Antonio Perotti., married 1753 Vittoriosa to Evangelista Vassallo, with issue. Salvatore Perotti, married 1808 Cospicua to Angela Corso. Maria Perotti, married 1754 Vittoriosa to Francesco Giordan. Maria Perotti, married (1) 1698 Cospicua to Angelo Agius, married (2) 1731 Cospicua to Gio Battista Randon. Caterina Perotti, married 1700 Cospicua to Pasquale Borg.

4.1.2. Domenica Barbara, married 1658 Tarxiem to Pietro Cutajar.

4.2. Domenico Barbara, married 1626 Gudja to Maria Agius, with issue.

4.2.1. Lorenza Barbara, married 1658 Gudja to Gaspare Stafrag.

4.2.2. Giovanni Barbara, married 1659 Gudja to Domenica Barbara, (d/o Domenico and Caterina Zinghier).

4.2.3. Pietro Barbara, married 1659 Gudja to Margherita Barbara, (d/o Pietro and Caterina).

4.2.4. Antonia Barbara, married 1662 Gudja to Geronimo Psaila.

4.2.5. Clara Barbara, married 1677 Lija to Gio Maria Vassallo.

4.3. Mario Barbara, married 1634 Gudja to Margherita Calleja, with issue.

4.3.1. Domenico Barbara, married 1664 Gudja to Vittoria Cachia.

4.3.2. Giovanni Barbara, married 1683 Gudja to Domitilla Cachia.

4.3.3. Maria Barbara, married (1) 1639 Birkirkara to Mro Mario Agius, married 1681 Gudja to Gabriele Farrugia.

4.4. Clemenza Barbara, married 1642 Vittoriosa to Agostino Attard.

4.5. Benedetto Barbara, married 1621 Vittoriosa to Maria Bartolo, with issue.

4.5.1. Nicola Barbara, married (1) 1663 Gudja to Margherita Zammit, married (2) 1677 Zurrieq to Maria Muscat, with issue. (Second marriage) Grazia Barbara, married 1732 Qrendi to Giovanni Pisci


[1]The Maltese title of Tabria.

Footnote: The title of “Barone della Tabria” was conferred by Grand Master Vilhena, by patent of the 11th December 1728, on Isidoro Viani. The title is purely nominal and does not have any property attached to it. In their general observations, the Royal Commissioners observed that most of the titles granted by the Grandmasters were merely honorary and had no relevance on property tenure “although it appears that those titles (granted by the Grand Masters) have derived their different denominations from several feudal lands existing in these islands, this annexation, however, is in most cases purely nominal, for those lands were never in reality conveyed to the grantees, but they remained as they are still Government Property.” The Commissioners also identified the only three exceptions to this purely nominal phenomenon, where tenure of property was a prerequisite namely Bahria, delle Catene, and Senia, the last being a divisible property. 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. 82).

This title was conferred on Isidoro Viani with power given to him and his descendants of nominating a successor, and in failure of such nomination with automatic transmission to the first born descendant in the primogenial line. The grant is precisely as in the title San Marciano (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. 31-32).

Altogether the Grand Masters created six titles which are disposable by nomination, namely Gomerino (Perellos), Budack (Perellos),San Marciano (Vilhena); Tabria (Vilhena), Culeja (Despuig)  and Benuarrat (Despuig). 

The actual report says the following:

“The fourth title is that of ‘Barone della Tabria’, granted by Grand Master Manoel, by patent, on the 11th December 1728, to the nobleman Isidoro Viani, and to one of his male or female descendents, with power to each holder of the title to name his successor, precisely as in the preceding title ‘barone di San Marciano’ – Tibi Nobili Isidoro Viani et post tui obitum uni ex filiis vel filiabus legitimis et naturalibus ex telegitime procreatis vel procreandis, quem vel quam omni futuro constitutus seu respective constituta, malueritis eligendum vel eligendam. Et in casu tui vel tuorum in infinitu decessus absque ulla nominatione vel elctione successoris in dicto titulo, ex nunc censeatur nominatus et electus primogenitus, nisi erit ad sacros ordines promotus et in religione professus, et in defectu marium, foemina primogenita…”This title is held by Dr. Giuseppe Testaferrata Viani a lineal descendent of Isidoro Viani, first baron, as appears from documents exhibited by him. He does not however, uninterruptedly descend from a male line, for Barone Isidoro was succeeded in the title by Barone Gio Battista Viani, his son. Barone Gio Battista having left on his death no male issue the title was inherited by his daughter, Anna Viani, who married Mario Testaferrata, the claimant’s great-grandfather. It is for this reason that the real claimant’s family name is Testaferrata and not Viani. But as in the grant it is provided that in default of male issue the title is inheritable by female descendents, the said Dr. Giuseppe, although he descends from the grantee through a female line, is entitled to enjoy the present barony. No person having appeared to dispute his claim, he will be therefore included in the list, under the name of Dr. Giuseppe Testaferrata, “Barone di Tabria” This gentleman claims also the title of “Marchese” as one of the descendents of Mario Testaferrata. This point will be considered in another part of the present Report when we shall inquire into the titles granted by foreign sovereigns. 

It is to be remarked that after the Commissioners Report a court case took place between Testaferrata Viani’s nephews ex sorore. It appears that Testaferrata Viani decided to nominate his younger nephew to succeed him in the barony. The elder nephew claimed that the nomination was invalid. However the court did not enter the merits of the validity of the nomination because it held that at that time, the only person who could exercise such an action was the parties aunt because she was older than their predeceased mother and therefore the primogenita. The court thus concluded that unless the action was exercised by Isidoro Viani’s primogenialdescendant, the nomination is to take effect. 

Atteso che, inoltre lo stesso Gran Maestro, dopo di avere disposto dell’ annua consegna di un fucile che doveva essere fatta a lui e a tutti i suoi successori nel Magistero, si i expresso nei termini seguenti: Qua stante recognitione tam Te Nobilem Isidorum Viani quam tuos in hujusmodi Baroniae titulu successors ex te descendentes ab omni alio onere eximus et liberamus. Il Gran Maestro adunque contemplr tutii i discendenti dal concessionario, come persone capaci a posedere la detta Baronia, e le quali egli esentava da qualunque uleteriore prestazioneannua. Or se i vero, come i verissimo che quella Baronia pur essere posseduta da tutti i discendenti di esso Isidoro, come i altresi vero checiascun successore per regola generale ha da esere eletto e nominato, egli i sufficiente che siffatto successore per potere essere valildamentenominato appartenga alla discendenza di detto Isidoro, quantunque talora non sia discendente dal nominante. Atteso che, quindi qualunquerestrizione del diritto di nominare accordato ad ogni possessore della Baronia a favor dei discendenti die so Isidoro Viani, sarebbeinconciliabile coi termini liberi della concessione del Principe, secondo la quale la sola volont` del possessore doveva regolare chi dovessegodere il detto Titolo di Nobilt`, tra i discendenti del detto concessionario, senza veruna distinzione di grado, di et` e talora di sesso di talidiscendenti elilgibili: salvo il provvedimento dato pel caso di eventuale mancanza di nomina. Atteso che, stante quanto precede in riguardoal detto Titolo Baronale, non i necessario ni utile di esaminare se sia anche di ostacolo alle proposte istanze dell’ attore, la esistenza di dettaNobile Orade Testaferrata Viani supposta la legittima succeditrice nel Titolo suddetta, come primogenita nella discendenza di Isidoro Viani.Poichi il primogenito o la primogenita avrebbe diritto a succedere nel detto titolo nel difetto di nomina da parte del possessore, ovveroqualora la fatta nomina fosse riconoscuta inefficace; e la nomina dall’ ultimo possesore fatta in persona del convenuto relativamente al dettoTitolo Baronale, ha, per le ragioni che precedono, da produrre il suo effetto.

Today it is no longer possible to effect any nomination. In the Gieh ir-Repubblika Act (ACT XXIX of 1975), the law dictates that it is “the duty of every public officer or authority, and of every body established or recognised by law and of every member thereof, to refrain from recognising in any way, and from doing anything which could imply recognition of, any title of nobility”. A similar duty is imposed in regard to other foreign honours which have not obtained approval by the local authorities. By reason of this ACT, it is therefore legally impossible (an offence?) for any notary to receive an instrument by which somebody can be ‘nominated’ to succeed a title simply because such nomination would be made contrary to law. It therefore reasonable to assert that it is impossible for any ‘possessor’ of the aforesaid title to make use of the faculty to nominate a successor.

It follows that one may disregard any ‘nomination’ purportedly made at any time after 1975, and instead follow the general remainder of the grant. 

According to the Code de Rohan of 1783, a primogeniture is a regular individual entail consisting of chattels which devolved from first-born to first-born in the descendental line. It can pass on to collaterals, the determining criteria operating in the following order: line (the first line excluding all the others), degree (the closer degree of relationship excluding the remoter) sex (the male sex being preferred to the female), and age (the elder being preferred to the younger). Accordingly, it follows that regardless of any nominations that may have been made in the meantime, in terms of the grant made out to Isidoro Viani, any succession happening after 1975 should be reckoned in accordance with the primogenial descent from Isidoro Viani.