Created 18 August 1737 by Grandmaster Ramon Despuig. Present Baroness Maria Angela Kitson Attard Montalto, 8th Baronness of Benwarrad. Saverio Gatto, 1st Baron of Benwarrad.
The Fief of Benwarrad (originally Benuarrat) was granted to the Attardo , d’Alagona families before 1360, Pellegrino 1361; Vaccaro 1398; Nava 1472; Bordino 1510; d’Armenia 1514; Surdo 1559, and the present holders in 1737, the Gatto family.
Fiefs were often bought, sold, or became extinct and re-granted by a Sovereign of Malta and Sicily.
Saverio Gatto was Created a Baron di Benwarrad on the 18th of August, 1737 by Grand Master Despuig ,with remainder of “ his descendants in perpetuity , each having the right to nominate a successor, in default of nomination to the first born male descendant, and in absence of male issue, then to the first born female descendant.
Members of the clergy are precluded from succession by primogeniture.
The Barony of Benwarrad has an interesting history, passing thru several families, from Gatto , Moscati, Montalto de Ribera to the present holders of Attard-Montalto.
There were many heiress, who succeeded to this title such Paola Gatto, the 2nd Baroness, who married to Emanuele Moscati-Cassia, Antonia Moscati-Gatto, the 3rd Baroness, who married twice, firstly to Count Sir Paolo Parisio G.C.M.G., and secondly to Sir Guiseppe Maria de Piro G.C.M.G. (see picture above), 5th Baron di Budaq, both marriages failed producing an heir.
The title moved to Antonia’s first cousin, Paolo Montalto de Ribera, who was also Baron di San Paolino. Baron Paolo was succeeded by his daughter, Maria Antonia.
Maria Antonia , the 5th Baroness marrying in 1831 to Dr Guiseppe Ivo Attard M.D.
The Attard-Montalto, held many important posts in Malta, and currently hold key positions still today.
The present Holder is Maria Angela Attard-Montalto, the 8th Baroness, who married in 1948 to Lt Frank Kitson R.N, and have three children.
again the title will pass into another family , this
time an English family.
Family tree - Genealogist Count Charles Said Vassallo
Ribera, 3rd Barone di San Paolino, married 1702
married 1750 to Francesco Maria
Saverio Montalto de Ribera, Baroncino
(1778-1837), married 1802 to Maria Teresa Biagio, with
Angiolino Attard Montalto, (1836-92), 6th Baron of
Benwarrad, 8th Barone di
San Paolino married 1869 to Angelica
dei Conti Manduca,