The first recorded Cassia was a Judge Gaddao I Cassia in 1481. A highly regarded Judge of his day. This family were well inter-breed with other landed gentry families in Malta , and Sicily.
claims to be descendants of the d'Aragona's ,who were Kings
of Sicily and Aragon, Spain.
the same time , thru marriages
families , such as Vassallo, who claimed much descendants
and alliances to the d'Aragona's.
the 16th Century, the Cassia's married very well to families
, such as Baglio's, di Lenzo's and Cumbo's
increased their stake hold of Land in Malta.
1568, Gio Maria Cassia bought the fief of Ghariexem e Tabia,
from the Noble Inguanez Family. He's son Giacinto was later
Created a Baron over that Fief by the Grand Master of Malta.
Noble marriage occured in 1579, when Imperia Cassia
married to Gregorio Scerri, 4th Baron di Castel Cicciano.
family now were in important posts, and
1613, Gincinto Cassia married
Maddalena Scerri, future Baroness of Castel
Cicccino which secured the family to be now Nobles.
Cassia was a Jurat in Mdina and Valletta
and in 1638, Grand Master Jean Paul Lascaris de
Castellar Created Giacinto a Baron, with remainder to all
descendants in perpetuity. So Husband and Wife were titled,
and it was the first time in this families History to have
Giacinto died in 1655, and his son Gio Antonio Cassia
succeeded as the 2nd Baron di Ghariexem e Tabia, and 7th
Baron di Castel Cicciano. Gio
Antonio died without issue in 1658, and was succeeded by his
Surdo's were a Family of Ancient Lineage, with many
connections to nobility and royalty. They were well
descendants of the Scerri's
and the Mego's the Earlier Barons of Castel
Barony of Castel Cicciano
is a fief in Naples, Italy, and was created in 1560
by King Phillip 1 of Naples and Sicily.
MEGO'S ( The original title holders were granted the right
of Civil and Criminal jurisdiction over their Inhabitants
(some thing like a principality).
Latin Phase used in the Letter's Patent was " IMPERIO MERO E
third Baron di Ghariexem e Tabia married Eugenia d'Anastasio
(a descendant of the Abela's De guara
and Cassia's Families (also of Italian and Spanish
Noble descent) Pietro sired several daughters and died in
was a Fiscale and Capitano della Verga of Malta 1659-60.
eldest daughter became the 9th Baroness di Castel Cicciano,
and married in 1674 to Paolo Testaferrata, also they were
later created Baron and Baroness di Gomerino.
younger daughter , Domenica Cassia, Became 4th Baroness di
Baron di Ghariexem e Tabia, and married Stanislao Xara (a
Capitano della Verga 1671-72), in 1666.
Xara's were also well connected with the landed gentries
and can traced their lineages to Families like
Bonici's, and Cassia's . The Xara's mainly married into
Sicilian and Maltese Nobility.
died in 1721, and was succeeded by her Son, Pietro Paolo
Xara-Cassia as the 5th
Baron di Ghariexem e Tabia.
Paolo Xara-Cassia married twice, Though his second wife
Costanza Leocata had sired several children , and a much
needed son to carry on the family name.
Paolo died died in 1749 Stanislao (Xara) Cassia, the 6th
Baron di Ghariexem e Tabia, was
Secreto to the Grand Master de Rohan and died
without issue in 1794.
sister had married to a Gregorio Bonici-Platamone and sire
Baron Stanislao died in 1794, his closed male heir had died
some years back in 1783.
Stanislao sister's eldest daughter became the 7th Baroness
di Ghariexem e Tabia Chiara Bonici-Platamone-Cassia
(1757-1821) married in 1777 to a gio Francesco Sant, 2nd
Count (Conte) Sant. (Title to the remainder of male to male
descent) Chiara's sister married the premier Baron of Malta
( Djar-il-Bniet et Buqana).
is where the Union of Sant Cassia came about where both
families joint by blood. (the two Surnames of the first
Title Holders ).
first time in use was in 1778, when the eldest son was born
( Luigi Sant
Cassia ) who became the
8th Baron di Ghariexem e Tabia and 3rd Count Sant.
was a celebration in 1977, for the 200 years of this union
and useage of this surname.
there are other Families of Sant with stem off this Union
such as Sant Manduca, Sant Fournier and Sant Barbaro.
Members today can trace their lineages back to the 4th
century in the dark Centuries, through much royalty and
Present Title Holder is John Sant Cassia, the 13th Baron di
Ghariexem e Tabia and 8th Count Sant, his heirs are Chiara
Sant Cassia, Baronessina
di Ghariexem e Tabia
( John's sister ), and Phillip Sant Cassia ,
Contino Sant ( John's Uncle).
Present Family are closely related and next of Kins to the
Counts of Montalto, Barony
of Buleben, and the Italian Count Palatine Buzzi's and
The House of Cassia will live forever as part of the House
of Sant name, as a true Testament of Nobility and Heritage.
Research was kindly carried out by Charles
Said Vassallo, 31st
of March, 2001.
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