Marchese Bugeja, 1887, 1891.

Last Update: 16-04-2023.

The 1887 title of Marchese Bugeja 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 Bugeja is simply not one of those titles that was 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).

Last update: 11-12-2021.

Note: Royal Decree by the King of Italy governing succession to Titles of Nobility and Nobiliary ranks – Decree no 1489 of 16 August 1926.

Granted to: Sig. Vincenzo Bugeja, CMG.

By: Pope Leo XIII

On: 1887 at Rome, Papal States.

Title: Marchese Bugeja.

With Remainder to: ad personam.

List of Title holders: 

1.  Sig. Vincenzo Bugeja, CMG, (d. 1890), 1st Marchese, extinct 1890.

Granted to: Sig Carlino Bugeja.

By: Pope Leo XIII.

On: 1891 at Rome, Papal States.

Title: Marchese Bugeja.

With Remainder to: ad personam, regranted to grandson in 1989.

List of Title holders: 

1. Sig Carlino Bugeja, 1st Marchese, extinct, then regranted in 1989.

2. Nobile Reno Ellul Bonici Mompalao Bugeja, (d. 2004), 2nd de Jure Marchese, regranted then extinct.

Claimant: Nobile Walter Ellul Bonici, (1954-, 3rd Marchese.

Heir General: Salvino Ellul Bonici, (1984-, de Jure Marchesino Bugeja.

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