Title in succession: 10th
Date created: 1711
Grant by: Pope Clement XI
Granted To: Ignazio Francesco Wizzini-Paleologo
Rep: Chapelle Paleologo
Remainder to: his descendants both male and female in perpetuity
Present Holder: John Constantine Chapelle-Paleologo
Note: The royal commission was not presented with documents, but since on
different occasions the Grand Masters
referred to the family as Counts, therefore as order of precedence, the Title
would date from 1722.
Foreign Titles not recognised by the Royal 1878 Commission: Prince of
Selimbra (Borg Olivier de Puget Paleologo)
Ignazio Francesco Wizzini Paleologo (1674-1744),
1st. Count Ciantar Paleologo
Ignazio Francesco was succeeded by his
daughter as the
2nd Countess Paeologo in 1744, and was married to
Count Gio Antonio Ciantar
Conte Ignazio Francesco Wizzini Paleologo , Roman Patrician , husband of
Maria Generosa (Rosa) , a niece of Judge Salvatore Mangion Abela J.U.D.
and beneficiary of his will.
Old coat of arms
In 1728, Ignatio Wizzini was the first Count ever to be
appointed Jurat. He was also the senior Jurat of Valletta in
1742, but was replaced on the 19 December of that same year by
Baron and Marquis Gio Pio de Piro.
The title of Count
Ciantar-Paleologo are two separate titles
The title of Paleologo was Created to
Ignazio Francesco Wizzini-Paleologo as Count of St.John Lateran
in 1711 by Pope Clement XI, and with reminder to his descendants,
both male and female in perpetuity.
Count Ignaio Wizzini Paleologo
and Venerosa Vella Mangion married and acquired the Vella entail,
even more importantly , the Baronial title of San Giovanni, which
had fallen into abeyance.
Ignazio Francesco was succeeded by his
daughter as the 2nd Countess Paeologo in 1744, and was married to
Count Gio Antonio Ciantar, (both photos).
Count Gio Antonio
Ciantar was styled Count by Queen Maria of Portugal in 1739 and
by King Louis XV of France in 1745,1747 and 1761.
Their son Giorgio
Serafino Ciantar-Paleologo, succeeded as the 3rd
Count Ciantar-Paleologo , and was created the title of Baron di
San Giovanni by King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies on
The Ciantar-Paleologos family continued in succession until
Guiseppe, the 6th Count dying in the late 19th Century, his
successor was his sisterís son Dr Giovanni Chapelle-Paleologo LL.D, as the 7th Count.
This family continues with succession of
the title of Count of Ciantar-Paleologo, with the present Count,
John Chapelle-Paleologo as the 10th Count, and also Prince of
Mistra ( A Byzantine title).
John Constantine Chapelle-Paleologo,
Count Ciantar-Paleologo lives in Malta, and has several
Maria Lucinda, Simonide, Sophie
GIUSEPPE MILANESI dei Conti CIANTAR PALEOLOGO, HIS WIFE ANNETTA nee AMATO with
their children, GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN In 1934
Rear : left to right -Enrico Parlato , his daughter Evelyn with husband Reginald
Cassar Torreggiani , step daughter Giovanna Said Parlato with husband Capt,
Joseph Leonardini , daughter Alice (my mother) carrying baby Monica (later wife
of Maj. John Gilbert) with husband Cecil Camilleri, and daughter Marie Louise
(later wife of George Bonello OBE)
Centre : left to right - Dr. Ricardo Milanesi MD , his sister Maria Parlato, his
mother Annetta nee' Amato , his father Giuseppe Milanesi , his brother Revd.
Salvatore Milanesi (Turi), and his younest sister Giulia (unmarried)
front -left to right : Concetta Parlato(later wife of Comd. P. Aubrey RN) my
sister Marie Therese (later wife of Maj. A. Debono ) brother Tony, self
(Raphael) brother John, and aunt Lucia Parlato.
Note:Milanesi sons Gioacchino and Luigi (grandmother's brothers) had already
Countess Maria Generosa Wizzini
Paleologo wife of Count Ignazio Francesco, (see
pictures above and below) from whom descend the
Counts Ciantar Paleologo
Barons Chappelle Paleologo
The Borg Olivier family
The Parlato family
Maria's mother was a Mangion of
palazzo Mangion of Mdina. Her first cousin , Anna Maria Muscati,
married to a Perdicomati Bologna, mother of the 1 st Count della
catena is the ancestor of most noble families of Malta
especially those with Apap Bologna connections. Between Anna
Maria and her cousin Maria Generosa , the Mangion family were the
progenitures of about 98 % of Malta's present day nobility.
(information taken from an extract by Raphael Camilleri Parlato).
interesting story by Raphael Camilleri Parlato (from his archives):
is hard to believe that this is a young Maltese Nobleman , who was forced by his
mother to wear his sick sister's ball gown to attend a Royal Ball at the court
of The Bourbon Kings of The Due Sicilie. He attracted the attention of The King
Barone and Baronessa Ciantar Paleologo di San Giovanni and their daughter
Helena were invited with their Milanesi cousins to a ball at the Royal Palace
in Caserta . On the morning of the ball , the young Helena was taken ill and
could not attend the
ball . The Baroness , having had a fine gown made specially for her daughter
for the occasion, decided to take her teen aged son Giuseppe to the ball ,
wearing his sister's clothes . At the ball , King Ferdinand danced several
times with the youth wearing his sister's gown . Sua Maesta made improper
suggestions and Giuseppe reported to his mother . The Baroness informed Don
Nicola , who informed His Majesty . The King roared with laughter and
requested that the San Giovanni's returned to court the following morning to
have the court painter paint two paintings of young Giuseppe , one for The
King and one for the family , who brought it to Malta . The above painting is
the family copy of Giuseppe , who later inherited the title , wearing his
sister's ball gown for The Royal Ball , sometie in the 1850's . The painting
was inherited by Paul Kind Chapelle dei Baroni di San Giovanni from his mother
painting is now owned by Paul Kind , son of Diana nee Chapelle dei Baroni di
San Giovannii. It used to belong to his great aunt The Noble Luiga Chapelle
Vadala' . The marriage of Teresa Milanesi. dei. Conti Ciantar Paleologo to the
son of Don Nicola dei Marchesi de Torres Carafa Colombraro, a high dignatory
at the Royal court in Napoli, opened the door of these Royal receptions to the
Ciantar Paleologos and Milanesis
A family account of the Counts Ciantar
'Principe Giorgio Paleologo,'Settled in Malta from Sicily on 12-2-1589'.,
married to Lucia Sayd, (daughter of Don.
Giam-Piero Sayd and Marguerite Borg)
Maria Paleologo, married Filippo Staffragi, with issue
1.1. Caterina Staffragi, married Michele Wizzini, with issue
1.1.1. Pietro Wizzini-Paleologo, married 1625 to Lorenza Tonna, with issue
126.96.36.199. Paolo Wizzini-Paleologo-See Below.
188.8.131.52. Maddalena Wizzini, married 1664 to Ignazio Giglio, with issue
1.1.2. Marino Wizzini, married 1636 to Margharita
Ghaxaq, with issue
184.108.40.206. Cleria Wizzini, married 1659 to Baldassare Farrugia, with issue
1.1.3. Blasio Wizzini
1.1.4. Filippo Wizzini
1.1.5. Antonio Wizzini, married Caterina..., with issue
220.127.116.11. Francesco Wizzino, married 1659 to Anna
Maria Bonici, with issue
18.104.22.168. Anna Wizzini, married 1687 to Silvestrino
Saliba, with issue
22.214.171.124. Sapienza Wizzini, married 1661 to Mallioto
Fiteni, with issue
1.1.6. Marietta Wizzini
1.2. N.N. Staffragi, with issue.
1.2.1. Giacoma Staffragi, married 1647 to Andrea
Bianco, with issue
126.96.36.199. Giuseppe Bianco, married 1680 to Generosa Schembri, with issue
188.8.131.52.1. Alonso Bianco, married 1712 to Maria Bonavia, with issue
184.108.40.206.1.1. Giuseppe Bianco, married 1727 to Mattiola Caruana, with issue
220.127.116.11.1.1.1. Maria Bianco, married 1768 to Gio Maria Calleja, with issue
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Antonio Calleja
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Caterina Calleja
184.108.40.206.2. Anna Bianco, married Francesco Agius, with issue
220.127.116.11.3. Eufemia Bianco, married Salvatore de Brincat, with issue
18.104.22.168. Maria Bianco, married 1683 to Battista Torrou, with issue
Paolo Wizzini Paleologo,
Married 1673 to Eufemia
Vella, with issue
1. Ignazio Francesco Wizzini-Paleologo, 1st Count-See Below.
2. Rev. Luigi Maria Wizzini, (1676-1717), dunm.
3. Fr. Francesco Wizzini, (1678-1767), dunm.
Ignazio Francesco Wizzini Paleologo, (1674-1744), 1st Count Paleologo (Cr:1711
by Pope Clement XI),
Married 1694 to Generosa Vella Abela dei Baroni
di San Giovanni, with issue
1. Maria Teodora Wizzini Paleologo, 2nd Countess-See Below.
Maria Teodora Wizzini Paleologo, (1696-1778), 2nd Countess Paleologo,
Married Count Gio Antonio Ciantar,(Created in 1739 in Portugal, and 1745 in
1. Bellarmina Ciantar Paleologo, married Count
Baldassare Fenech Bonici, with issue. -See
Extinct Titles. .
2. Giorgio Serafino Ciantar Paleologo, 3rd Count--See Below. .
Luigi Ciantar Paleologo, 2nd Conte Ciantar.(Note: According to the Will of Count
Gio Antonio Ciantar, Luigi inherited the Conte Title), married 1780 to Maria
Teresa Vella Castiglione, with issue
3.1. Anne dei Conti Cianter Paleologo, married 18-3-1805 to Guiseppe Milanesi
Santoro (Born in Messina 1782)
3.1.1. Luigi Milanesi dei Conti Ciantar Paleologo LLD (b 1811), married 5 Nov
1844 at Porto Salvo, Valletta to Giuditta Riccardi Amodeo
22.214.171.124. Guiseppe Milanesi (b 6-3-1849 in Valletta), married at Naxxar 5-10-1875
to Annetta Amato
126.96.36.199.1. Maria Milanesi (b 6-8-1877 in Naxxar), married 12-4-1899 at Naxxar to
188.8.131.52.1.1. Alice Parlato (b 8-11-1905), married in 1925 at St Ignatius Jesuit
College Chapel to Cecil J. Camilleri
184.108.40.206.1.1.1. Raphael J. Camilleri (b 25-4-1929
in Malta),married 1-2-1959 to Virginia Maria Camilleri
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Nicholas C. Camilleri (b 8-11-1959), married to Margarita
Andreyovna Knipper Savitskaya., with issue.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.1. Damien Constantine Camilleri Savitsky, (2002-.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Francesca Alica Camilleri (b 2-4-1962, married 1988 to Tonio
Cremona, married (2) 10 May 2000 to Steve Greene
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1. Maximilian Alexander Cremona (b 11-7-1991)
22.214.171.124.1.1.2. Monica Gilbert (b 8-8-1933)
126.96.36.199.1.1.3. John. C Camilleri (b 6-11-1927)
188.8.131.52.1.1.4. Marie Therese Debono (b 2-3-1932)
184.108.40.206.1.1.5. Anthony A. Camilleri (b 9-6-1930)
220.127.116.11.1.1.6. Magda Camilleri (b 23-8-1947)
18.104.22.168.1.1.7. Chrisitine Bugeja (b 17-8-1947)
22.214.171.124.1.2. Evelyn Parlato, married 1924 Capt Reginald Cassar Torreggiani
126.96.36.199.1.2.1. Elisabeth Cassar Torreggiani (b 1939), married Marquis
John Apap Bologna., with issue. (See Maltese titles under Gnien is-Sultan)
188.8.131.52.1.3. Mabel Parlato ( Missionary in the Far East)
184.108.40.206.1.4. Marie Louise Bonello (Wife of George Bonello MBE)
220.127.116.11.1.5. Lucia Parlato
18.104.22.168.1.6. Concetta Aubrey (wife of Cmdr. Philip Aubrey MBE)
3.1.2. Concetta Milanesi dei Conti Ciantar Paleologo , married Antonio Gatt
3.1.3. Teresa Milanesi dei Conti Ciantar Paleologo, married Cav. Nicola dei
Marchese de Torres Carafa, dsp.
Salvatore Ciantar Paleologo,died 1846. 3rd Conte Ciantar, (See Note above),
Married Firstly to Fortunata Brun, and dsp. Secondly 1831 to Vincenza
Giorgio Serafino Ciantar Paleologo, (1718-98), 3rd Count Ciantar Paleologo, 1st
Baron of San Giovanni, (Cr:1777-See Title),
Married 1756 to Elena Moneta Vella, with issue
1. Giuseppe Ciantar Paleologo, 'Capitano del Reggimento" died unm 1788.
2. Fr. Pietro Paolo Ciantar Paleologo, "Cappellano", died unm. 1789.
3. Antonio Ciantar Paleologo, "Cadetto nel Reggemento", dunm 1786.
4. Giovanni Battista Ciantar Paleologo, 4th Count-See Below.
5. Maria Ciantar Paleologo, married and lived in Portugal (More to come shortly
6. Elizabetta Ciantar Paleologo, "nun", dunm
Giovanni Battista Ciantar Paleologo, (1777-1856), 4th Count Ciantar Paleologo,
2nd Baron of San Giovanni,
Married 1805 to Margarita Farrugia Mannarino,
1. Sir Giorgio Serafino Ciantar Paleologo, 5th Count-See Below.
2. Guiseppe Ciantar Paleologo, 6th Count-See Below.
3. Elena Ciantar Paleologo, (died 1851), married Judge Francesco Chapelle, with
3.1. Dr Giovanni Chapelle Paleologo, LL.D, 7th Count-See Below.
3.2. Sir Alessandro Chapelle, 4th Baron of San
Giovanni-(See That Title).
3.3. Maria Regina Chapelle Paleologo, married 1854 to Giuseppe
Borg Olivier de Puget, with issue
Carla Chapelle, married 1867 to Pietro Castarino.
4. Fortunata Chapelle Paleologo, (died 1903), Married 1871 to Dr
Filippo dei Conti Preziosi, LL.D. -See
5. Fr. Paolo Ciantar-Paleologo, dunm.
Sir Giorgio Serafino Ciantar Paleologo, KCMG, (1818-87),5th Count Ciantar
3rd Baron of San Giovanni, and dunm.
Giuseppe Ciantar Paleologo, 6th Count Ciantar Paleologo, and dunm.
Dr Giovanni Chapelle Paleologo, LL.D, (1835-1901), 7th Count Ciantar Paleologo,
Married 1866 to Emilia Castaldi, with issue
1. Dr Giovanni Chapelle Paleologo, LL.D, 8th Count-See Below.
Dr Giovanni Chapelle Paleologo, (1870-1937), 8th Count Ciantar Paleologo,
Married 1906 to Gaetana Fenech, with issue
Dr Giovanni Chapelle Paleologo, 9th Count-See Below.
Dr Giovanni Chapelle Paleologo, LL.D, (1906-81), 9th Count Ciantar Paleologo,
Prince of Mistra, (See Other Titles Section),
Married 1939 to Mary Evelyn Magri Cremona, with issue
1. John Constantine Chapelle Paleologo, acknowledged
by the COP as the 10th Count Ciantar
Paleologo.(1945-, Married 1972 to
Margaret Cefai, with issue.
1.1. Jean Pierre Chapelle Paleologo, (1975-, Married 2001 to Natasha Stanley
1.1.1. Annah Chapelle Paleologo, (1-2-02-.
1.2. Nicola Chapelle Paleologo, (1978-
2. Maria Lucinda Chapelle Paleologo, (1940-, married 1965 to Angelo Onesti, with
3. Simonide Chapelle Paleologo, (1943-, Married 1970 to Luciano Patriniani, with
4. Sophie Mignon Chapelle Paleologo, (1950-, Married 1976 to Matteo La Manna,
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