Title in succession: 9th
Date created: (1465) 23 October 1783
Grant by: Grand Master de Rohan-Polduc
Granted To: Dr. Luigi Maria Gatto
Rep: Deguara Caruana Gatto
Remainder to: his legitimate natural descendants in
Present Holder: Paul Deguara-Caruana-Gatto,
Apap Bologna (2016)
Note: Title was granted without reference as to
succession, first disallowed by British Commission
who later regarded the grant as ad personam without the
right of succession. It was in 1883 that the Com. of
Privileges made a petition to the British Government
which referred to Conte Nicolo Gatto LL.D as a descendant to
de primogenito in primogenitum in infinitum according
to the recognised feudal custom, admitted also by
British crown recognition: 1883
Feudal Tribute: a flower every year on the feast of
St. Martin, Pope, 13th November
Coat of arms by designed by Andrea
Sacco Baldacchino presented to Count Paul Deguara Gatto
Initially created in 1465 to the Perollo Family and
re-granted in 1783 to Dr. Luigi Maria Gatto, LL.D, a Major of
Cavalry under the Knights of St John, a Jurat, Lt-Colonel of
Malta Provincial Battery, Royal Malta Fencible Regiment and
Colonel commanding 1st division. A private secretary to Sir
Alexander Ball, the first British Governor of Malta.
Saverio Gatt was Uditore held Office under three Grand
Masters-Pinto, Ximenes and de Rohan. Gatt, who was one of the
leading lawyers, is especially remembered for his great
contribution towards the compilation of the code de Rohan. In
1783, his son Luigi was created the first Count of Beberrua,
just one year after the publication of the code.
The title of Count of Beberrua was created by Grand Master de
Rohan-Polduc. The title was granted without any reference as
to succession for this reason it was at first disallowed by
the Royal Commission, who regarded the grant as having been
made ad personam, without the right of succession.
The committee of Privileges however , in 1883 presented a
petition to the British Govt. in which it was argued that by
the grant a real proper and noble fief had been erected . The
petition goes on to say “ All feuds are of their own nature
perpetual and heritable to the male descendants of the
grantee, the fact that no words in the patent direct the
inheritance, does not make the grant endure for the life time
of the grantee only".
But it lawfully endures for all the male issue de Primogenito
in primogenitum infinitum according to the recognised feudal
custom, admitted also by local jurisprudence.
These recognised principles of the law, we have had occasion
to submit in the first part of their report, wherein it was
stated that whenever there are no limitation restrictive
clauses or words to direct the inheritance in the deed of
grant . These principles obtain ex providentio regis, that we
are not able to find reason why the title of Conte di Beberrua
should have been considered as intended to endure only for the
Our opinion is that the title at the death of the grantee
rested in Conte Nicolo Gatt LL.D , the surviving son of the
person first ennobled, and that it should continue to descend
de primogenito in primogenitum in finitum to the male
descendants of the grantee. Under these circumstances we
consider this title fully deserving the grant and favour of
recognition from the Crown, that the bearer may have his name
duly extended in the Official list if Titolate.
Luigi’s son Dr Nicolo Gatto LL.D 2nd count died unmarried and
the title passed thru to his sisters son, Dr Antonio
Caruana-Gatto M.D, who became the 3rd Count and also married
the daughter of the Count of Santa Sofia, They had several
children, and died in 1919.
Point in History: Count A. Caruana Gatto, born in
Valletta 1892 was elected to the senate representing the
Nobility in the Unione Politica Maltese. Before he became
President he defended the interests of the Society of Arts,
Manufactures and Commerce in a court case on the loss or
witholding of books and of membership payment records that
belonged to the society. He was proficient in english,
Itailian, French, German and Greek and published several
papers on various nature subjects and sat on gov't committee
on fisheries, agriculture, antiques and that of the National
Each child succeeded the title of Count, apart from the
youngest daughter, Guiseppina, who married the 5th Marquis di
Gnien-is-Sultan and produced a daughter, who was the 8th
Countess of Beberrua.
The late Countess Maria Theresa Apap Bologna-Caruana-Gatto,
Countess of Beberrua, married in 1956 to Joseph Deguara and
had three children: Paul and his wife Maria Victoria
(Max) nee' Zammit, Henry and his fiancée Madeleine Gera,
Connie and her children Malcolm and Francesco, Maria Theresa
sadly passed away on the 27th April 2014, (
Count Paul Deguara
Caruana Gatto is the eldest son and inherited the
Title of Count of Beberrua, married to Maria Victoria
A short version of the family tree of the Counts of
Dr Antonio Caruana Gatt LLD, 3rd Count of Beberrua
(1839-1919), married 1863 to Vincenza Formosa de Fremaux
1. Dr Alfredo Caruana Gatto LL.D (1868-1926), 4th Count of
Beberrua, married 1902 to Assiminia Roncali, and dsp.
2. Rev. Mgr. Roberto Caruana Gatto, 6th Count of Beberrua,
3. Dr Frederico Caruana Gatto LL.D 5th Count of Beberrua,
4. Maria Caruana Gatt (1879-1952) 7th Countess of Beberrua,
married Nicodemo Gandolfi, and dsp.
5. Guiseppina Caruana Gatto (1884-1939), married 1922 to Paolo
Nicola Apap Bologna, 5th Marquis di Gnien is Sultan
5.1. Maria Theresia Apap Bologna Caruana Gatto (1923-2014),
8th Countess di Beberrua, married 1956 to Joseph Deguara
5.1.1. Paul Deguara Caruana Gatto (1959-, 9th Count della
Beberrua, married to Maria Victoria aka Max Zammit in 2013
5.1.2. Henry Deguara Caruana Gatto (1960- ,engaged
to Madeleine Gera
5.1.3. Constance Deguara Caruana Gatto (1957-, was married
Francis Cachia Caruana with issue (see below)
A more detailed version of the family tree of the Counts of
Tomaso Gatt, married Rosa Maria Camilleri, with issue.
1. Uditor Francesco Saverio Gatto, married 1751 to Maria
Angelica Aquilina, with issue.
1.1. Dr Luigi Maria Gatto, LL.D (1762-1825), 1st Count of
Beberrua (Cr:1783)-See Below.
1.2. Fra. M'Angelo Gatto, dunm.
1.3. Vernanda Gatto, married Marquis Girolamo Delicata,
(See Ghajn Qajjed).
2. Giovanna Gatto, married Felice Ferranti, with issue.
3. Dr. Federico Gatto, married Chiara Mannarino, with
3.1. Rosa Gatto, married Giovanni Debono, with issue.
3.1.1. Federico Debono, married Angelica Burlo, with
22.214.171.124. Giuseppe Debono.
126.96.36.199. Edward Debono.
188.8.131.52. Rosa Debono, married Vincenzo Formosa.
184.108.40.206. Giovanna Debono, married Giuseppe Cuschieri.
220.127.116.11. Fortunata Debono, married Emmanuele NN.
18.104.22.168. Giuditta Debono.
3.1.2. Innocenza Gatto, married Carmelo Camilleri, with
22.214.171.124. Giovanna Camilleri, married (1) to Saverio Coen.,
Married (2) Saverio Borg.
126.96.36.199. Rosa Camilleri, married Dr. Salvatore de Salvo.
188.8.131.52. Adelaide Camilleri, married 1844 to Alessandro
184.108.40.206. Amabile Camilleri.
3.2. Maria Giuseppa Gatto, married 1790 to Emanuele
Borg Olivier, with issue.
4. Dr. Tomaso Gatto JUD., married 1772 to Teresa
Dandalona., with issue.
4.1. Canon. Carlo Gatto., dunm.
4.2. Dr. Gregorio Gatto JUD., married Agata
4.3. Giuseppe Gatto.
4.4. Maddalena Gatto.
4.5. Graziulla Gatto., married Notary Niccolo Decelis.,
4.5.1. Maddalena Decelis., married 1796 to Gio
Niccolo dei Baroni Gauci-Ducoss.
4.5.2. Carlo Decelis., married Maria Debono.
220.127.116.11. (Natural) Francesca Decelis., married 1827 to Emmanuele
Muscat d'Angely, (Natural son of the Baroness of
Luigi Maria Gatto, LL.D (1762-1825), 1st Count of
Married (1) 1784 to Marianna Dingli.
Married (2)1795 to Francesca Saveria Xerri, Daughter of
Giovanni Xerri, Esq.
1. (Second Marriage) Dr Nicola Gatto, LL.D, 2nd Count
2. Angelica Gatto, married 1830 to Dr
G.S. Caruana, LL.D, with issue
2.1. Dr Antonio Caruana Gatto, LL.D, 3rd Count-
3. Eugenia Gatto, married 1819 to Giuseppe Bonici, with
3.1. Filomaria Bonici-Gatto.
3.2. Elena Bonici-Gatto.
3.3. Elisabetta Bonici-Gatto.
3.4. Paolina Bonici-Gatto.
3.5. Lucia Bonici-Gatto.
3.6. Daniela Bonici-Gatto.
Nicolo Gatto LL.D (1800-91), 2nd Count of Beberrua, dunm.
Antonio Caruana Gatto, M.D. (1839-1919), 3rd Count of
Married 1867 to Vincenza
Formosa Montalto de Fremaux dei Conti di Santa Sofia,
Dr Alfredo Caruana Gatto, LL.D, 4th Count-
2. Rev. Mgr. Roberto Caruana Gatto, 6th Count-
3. Dr Federico Caruana Gatto, LL.D, 5th Count-
4. Maria Caruana Gatto, 7th Countess-
5. Giuseppina Caruana Gatto (1884-1939), Married 1922 to Paolo
Nicolo Apap Bologna, 5th Marquis di Gnien-is-Sultan (See
5.1. Maria Teresa Apap Bologna Caruana Gatto (1923-2014),
by the COP as the 8th Countess of Beberrua,
Married 1956 to Joseph Deguara, with issue
5.1.1. Paul Deguara Caruana Gatto
9th Count of Beberrua (1959-
, married to Maria Victoria aka Max Zammit in 2013
5.1.2. Henry Deguara Caruana Gatto (1960- , Engaged
5.1.3. Corinne Deguara Caruana Gatto (1957-, married 1984
to Francis Cachia
Caruana, (See Ghariexem e Tabia for descent),
18.104.22.168. Malcolm Cachia Caruana, (1985-
22.214.171.124. Francesco Cachia Caruana, (1987-
Dr Alfredo Caruana
Gatto, LL.D (
1869-1926), 4th Count of
Married 1902 to
Roncali (Daughter of Dr.
Puisne Judge of Malta) and
Nobile Dr Federico Caruana
LL.D, (1873-1934), 5th Count of
Nobile Rev. Mgr. Roberto Caruana
Gatto, (1871-1941), 6th Count of
Nobile Maria Caruana
Gatto, (1879-1952), 7th Countess of
Gandolfo, and dsp.
Teresa Apap Bologna Caruana Gatto (1923-2014),
Countess of Beberrua,
Married 1956 to Joseph Deguara, with issue (see 5.1
Paul Deguara Gatto, 9th Count of Beberrua (COP -
married 2013 to Maria Victoria nee' Zammit.
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