Title in succession: 7th
Date created: 1790
Grant by: Grand Master de Rohan-Polduc
Granted To: Saverio Alessi
Rep: Alessi (dormant)
Remainder to: his legitimate natural descendants in perpetuity
Present Holder: Joseph Sammut
Abeyance: Passed into abeyance 1953 and brought out
1982 by the Com. of Privileges
Extinct Magisterial Titles: Marquis of Taflia in 1787, later granted as
Lt. Col. Frederick Sedley Alessi, 5th. Marquis of Taflia (1837-1921)
Ethel Maud Williamson Wearing Sedley Alessi, 6th. Marchioness of Taflia (1872-1953)
title of Taflia was first granted to Giovanni Battista Mompalao by the Grand
Master de Rohan-Polduc as a life title, becoming extinct on his death in 1787.
On the Year of 1790, Grand Master de Rohan-Polduc regranted the title to Saverio
Alessi with remainder to his legitimate and natural descendants in perpetuity (Jure
Longobardum) to all descendants equally.
Saverio Alessi was a jurat of Valletta and Notabile, member of the Maltese
Chambers of Commerce, Lieutenant of Militia and secreto to Grand Master von
Hompesch, dying in 1816 , succeeded by his son Vincenzo who died unmarried in
1842 succeeding by his brother sons.
The title followed further successions to Saverio (a Francescian Friar) and
Bernardo Alessi, both died unmarried.
The next Holder was a son of the sister of Saverio and Bernardo, Frederick
Sedley-Alessi as the 5th Marquis. Frederick served in the British Army, served
in the China war and retired in 1880 with the rank of Lieut. Col. And died in
1921, Succeeded by his only child.
Ethel Maud succeeded as the 6th Marchioness and married in 1916 to James
Williamson-Wearing, J.P , though childless, died in 1953 and the title went into
Ethel Maud’s first cousin Sydney Cornwall-Legh-Alessi was a de jure Marquis of
Taflia only for several months died in 1953.
The direct line had became extinct, the next of kin was from the first
Marquis’s other son, with further descendants with further de jure Marquis,
with Dr Guiseppe Borg-Falzon-Alessi M.D dying in 1978.
Dr Giuseppe was succeeded as de jure by his first cousin, Joseph Sammut
Testaferrata Alessi. The Committee of privileges of Maltese nobility called out
the title from abeyance in 1982, and Joseph becoming the 7th and present Marquis
His daughter and only child is his heir.
A Genealogical Account of the Marquis's di Taflia
Saverio Alessi, 1st Marquis di Taflia (died 1816), married secondly 1783 to
1. Francesco Alessi (died 1836), married 1810 to Francesca Giglio (Descendants
succeeded to the Marquis di Taflia, and had become Extinct in 1953)
2. Mederico dei Marchesi Alessi, married 1818 to Giuseppa Maria Aguis
2.1. Enrico dei Marchesi Alessi, married 1860 to Margherita Zarb
2.1.1. Carmelo dei Marchese Alessi (1861-1914), married 1880 to Elena Vella
18.104.22.168. Maria Alessi (c 1883-1917), married 1911 to Guiseppe Borg Falzon
22.214.171.124.1. Dr Guiseppe Borg Falzon Alessi MD (c1916-78), dunm.
126.96.36.199. Maria Margherita Alessi (c 1885-1979), married Giovanni Sammut
188.8.131.52.1. Maria Margherita Alessi dei Marchese della Taflia , married 1918 to
Giovanni Sammut Testaferrata
184.108.40.206.1.1. Joseph Sammut Testaferrata Alessi (c 1920, 7th Marquis di Taflia,
married 1957 to Lina Bugeja
220.127.116.11.1.1.1. Cheryl Sammut Testaferrata Alessi (c 1958-, Marchesina della
18.104.22.168.1.2. Carmelo Sammut Alessi (c 1923-, maried Anna Azzopardi,
22.214.171.124.1.2.1. Ivan Sammut Alessi
126.96.36.199.1.2.2. Miram Sammut Alessi
188.8.131.52.1.3. Maria Guiseppina Sammut Alessi (c 1925-, married 1941 to Emanuele
184.108.40.206.1.3.1. Walter Attard Alessi
220.127.116.11.1.3.2. Yvonne Attard Alessi
18.104.22.168.1.3.3. Diane Attard Alessi
22.214.171.124.2. Maria Dolores Alessi (1881-82), ob.jur.
126.96.36.199.3. Maria Concetta Alessi (c 1886-1968), married Carmelo Sammut Ph.C
188.8.131.52.3.1. Dr Guiseppe Sammut Alessi (c 1912-77), married Helen Borg
184.108.40.206.3.2. Dr William Sammut Alessi Ph.C, MD (c 1917-98), married Mary Vella
220.127.116.11.3.2.1. Dr Charles Sammut Alessi MRCS (c 1954-, married 1983 to Rosemary
18.104.22.168.3.2.2. Marie Josette Sammut Alessi (c 1946-, married Lt Col Charles A.
Gauci MD,FFARCS, Count Gauci.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. Camilla Gauci Alessi (c 1983-
188.8.131.52.3.2.3. Anne Marie Sammut Alessi (c 1949-, married 1972 to Dr Joseph
Psaila MD, FFRCSMS
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. Nicola Psaila Alessi
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Bethan Psaila Alessi
126.96.36.199.3.3. Rev. Luigi Sammut Alessi (died 1987)
188.8.131.52.3.4. Victor Sammit Alessi (c 1921-, maried Dolores Delceppo
184.108.40.206.3.5. Edward Sammut Alessi (c 1923-, married 1958 to Mary Gulia Millard
220.127.116.11.3.6. Francis Sammut Alessi (c 1925-, married 1954 to Maria Blance Naudi
18.104.22.168.3.7. Paul Sammut Alessi, (c 1930- , married 1959 to Louise Genovese
22.214.171.124.3.8. Carmelina Sammut Alessi (c 1914-
126.96.36.199.3.9. Helen Sammut Alessi (c 1928-
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