Title in succession: 10th
Date created: 1398 (1726)
Grant: Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena
Granted To: Diego Antonio Galea Feriol
Rep: Trapani Galea Feriol
Remainder to: his descendants in perpetuity;
each holder of the title having the
right to nominate a successor;
in default in absence of a male first born or male issue to the female first
members of the clergy are precluded.
Present Holder: Gino Trapani-Galea-Feriol
The fief of San Marciano was first granted to the Cadumi
family in 1398, and later regranted to the Galea-Feriol family in
The title of Baron di San Marciano was created
to Diego Antonio Galea-Feriol in 1726 by Grand Master de Vilhena with the
remainder of " his descendants in perpetuity , each holder of the title
having the right to nominate a successor , in default of nomination to his
first born male descendant and in absent of male issue, to his female
descendants. Members of the Clergy are precluded from succession by
The Barons Pisani and Galea-Feriol, Marquis
Testaferrata and Count Sant were the first titled Jurats ever to serve
together in 1776.
Ironically, the death of Gumare Galea, in 1761,
gave the Grand Master an unexpected chance to show his goodwill towards
the Maltese Nobility. As Galea had been a tenente in the Urban Militia,
Pinto ordered to have him buried with 'all pomp and full military honours'. The first time that such a privilege was bestowed on Maltese.
The funeral cortege was attended by the militia and by most of the
nobility and other prominent Maltese. The service was conducted in the
Greek Church of Valletta, and the corpse was taken to the Jesuit Church
The Cortege started from the house of the Baron di San
Marciano. The corpse was carried through the streets of Valletta to the
sounds of a drum. The chains of the palace Piazza were removed for the
passage of the procession. The coffin was covered with a black velvet
cloth bearing the arms of the family.
Under the French
occupation, the parents had to pay 800 livres for their sons' board and
lodging, and 600 livres for their passage on board French warships. The
chosen students had to wear 'blue trousers and waistcoats, red cuffs, and
facing and white pipings'. Those families who refused to send their sons
to France were to be fined 1000 scudi. Among those who were intially
chosen were the young Count Fontani, the three sons of Count Sant, and
four other boys whose fathers were respectively Baron Galea, Marquis
Mallia, Count Manduca, and Marquis Testaferrata.
The succession of
the Barony from father to son came to end in 1884, with the death of the
6th Baron , who died childless, and was succeeded by his brother, the 7th
Pietro Paolo Galea , married Vincenza of the very wealthy
Feriol family. He inherited, in trust, the feriol property, which included
the family palazzi in Valletta and Notabile.
His great grand
son, Baron Lorenzo Galea Feriol, married Angela Saliba, thus increasing
the family fortune through acquisition of the Saliba entail. In 1775, this
entail together with other properties of the family was estimated to be
worth 51,662 scudi, of which one fifth was in the form of investments and
Upon the death of the 7th Baron, an act of nomination , his
daughter Emilia Galea-Feriol succeeded as the 8th Baroness, and she
married Dr Salvatore Trapani LL.D, a Magistrate.
Primogenture was succeeded by Emilia`s Brother and also one time Baroncino
di San Marciano. His descendants still carry the
Emilia, died in 1943, to be succeeded by her
son Nicolino, as the 9th Baron, then his son Gino on the year of
Gino Trapani-Galea-Feriol, is presently the 10th Baron,
and his heir , the eldest son Michael, Baroncino di San
A Genealogical Account of the Barons di
Lorenzo Galea Feriol, C.M.G. (died 1833), 5th
Baron di San Marciano, married Maria Anne dei Conti Manduca
Pietro Paolo Galea Feriol, 6th Baron di San Marciano, married 1833 to
Vincenza Bonici, Baroness di Qlejjgha, and dsp.
2. Calcedonio Galea
Feriol, (1823-1912), 7th Baron di San Marciano, married 1845 to Angelica
dei Marchese Apap Bologna.
2.1. Nicola Galea Feriol, Baroncino di San
Marciano (1849-1915), married Camilla dei Marchese Testaferrata
2.1.1. Lorenzo Galea Testaferrata, (1877-1930), dunm.
2.1.2. Ignazio Galea
Testaferrata, (1883-1939), dunm.
Biagio Galea Testaferrata (1886-1948), married 1926 to Anne dei Baroni
220.127.116.11. Mario Galea Testaferrata (1929- , married 1958
to Rosemary Xuereb
18.104.22.168.1. James Galea Testaferrata (1960- , married
22.214.171.124.1.1. Rose Galea Testaferrata (1991-
Simon Galea Testaferrata (1970-
126.96.36.199.3. Camilla Galea Testaferrata
(1958- , married 1984 to James Scerri, with issue
Elena Galea Testaferrata (1966-
188.8.131.52. Mariana Galea Testaferrata
(1881-1959), married Dr Joseph Gatt MD, dsp.
184.108.40.206. Angese Galea
Testaferrata (1885-1941), married 1910 to Daniele Testaferrata Bonici
Ghaxaq, 7th Marquis di San Vincenzo Ferreri e Testaferrata, 6th Baron di
Qlejjgha, with issue
2.2. Carmela Galea Feriol, married 1875 to
Giuseppe Testaferrata Viani, 5th Baron di Tabria, and dsp.
Galea Feriol (1852-1943), 8th Baroness (by Nomination) of San Marciano,
married Dr Salvatore Trapani, LL.D.
2.3.1. Nicolino Trapani Galea
Feriol, 9th Baron di San Marciano, married 1924 to Marie dei Marchese e
Baroni de Piro (c 1902-.
220.127.116.11. Gino Trapani Galea Feriol (c
1942-,10th Baron di San Marciano, married 1970 to Sylvia
18.104.22.168.1. Michael Trapani Galea Feriol (c1973-, Baroncino di San
22.214.171.124.2. Bettina Trapani Galea Feriol (c
126.96.36.199.3. Greta Trapani Galea Feriol (c 1976-
Trapani Galea Feriol (c 1980-
188.8.131.52. Emily Trapani Galea Feriol (c
184.108.40.206.3. Geraldine Trapani Galea Feriol (c1928-
Natalie Trapani Galea Feriol (c 1929-, married 1959 Antoine
220.127.116.11.1. Nicholas Bianchi (c 1960- , married 1986 to Marie
dei Marchese Testaferrata Bonici 18.104.22.168.1.1. Pierre Bianchi (c
22.214.171.124.1.2. Robert Bianchi (c 1989-
126.96.36.199.2. Andrea Bianchi
188.8.131.52.3. Anne Marie Bianchi (c 1967-
Trapani Galea Feriol (c 1932-
184.108.40.206. Marlene Trapani Galea Feriol (c
1936-, married 1964 to Edgar Huber
220.127.116.11.1. Colin Huber (c
18.104.22.168.2. Christopher Huber (c 1966-
22.214.171.124.3. John Huber (c
2.3.2. Carmela Trapani Galea Feriol
2.3.3. Giuseppina Trapani
2.3.4. Teresina Trapani Galea Feriol
3. Angelica Galea
Feriol, married Giuseppe dei Conti Manduca, with issue
Galea Feriol, married Sir Vincenzo Manduca, K.C.M.G., 4th Count of
Mont'alto and dsp.
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