Title in succession: 6th
Date created: 6 June 1795
Master de Rohan-Polduc
Granted To: Vincenzo Fontani
Rep: Bugeja Fontani (dormant)
Remainder to: his male and female descendants in
Present Holder: Vacant
Feudal Tribute: a bouquet of flowers on the feast of St.
Martin, Pope on
13 November every year
British crown recognition: 1878
Abeyance: Passed into abeyance 1945
and brought out
1983 by the Com. of Privileges, annexed to the estates of
in Marsa which belonged to Vincenzo Fontani's mother and which
were raised to
the dignity of feudal tenure.
Elisabetta dei Marchesi Alessi,
Contessa della Senia, 1803
Vincenzo Fontani-Crespi (1784-1844),
1st. Conte della Senia
Previous Holder (by the artist Phillipa Bianchi)
title granted to Vincenzo Fontani-Crespi on the year
of 1795 by Grand Master de Rohan-Polduc
of Count of Senia. The title was annexed to the
estates of 'Tas-Senja', in the Marsa area, owned by the
grantees mother. The estates was raised to the dignity of a
In 1778, Antonio Crespi (the grand-father of the
Count Fontani-Crespi) who had been Baron Pisani's rival five
years earlier, was appointed the prcurator of Wheat. This time,
however, votes were not important since his appointment was made
directly by de Rohan who had abolished the 'Consiglio Popolare'.
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 studnets 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
initially 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
According to 'Maz-zewq nahat tas-swar', it-tielet ktieb by
Carmelo Testa, states that Vincenzo was made a German Palatine
Count in 1824.
Vincenzo married a daughter of the 1st Marquis of Taflia.
The second Count was a knight Grand Cross of the Order of
Charles 111 of Spain, married a daughter of the 5th Count of
Mont`Alto, his son the 3rs count died childless in 1906.
The title then went to the 3rd counts sister`s eldest daughter
and next of kin. Rosalea Crinquant-Fontani, married Carlo
Messina, her descendants becoming extinct and the title went
into abeyance in 1945.
Thus the title was claimed by the next of kin in 1983, by Joseph
Bugeja-Fontani, who became the 6th Count of Senia.
Joseph Bugeja-Fontani (circa 1980, passed away in 2018)
Joseph Bugeja-Fontani (passed away 2018) and his three children
and live in Malta .
Some News on Count Bugeja Fontani
Insignia - 2006
of Knight of Honour and Devotion was conferred on the Most
Bugeja Fontani in a short ceremony at La Chiesa di Santa
Maria del Priorato
Director, Mgr John Dimech, Conventual Chaplain Grand Cross ad
Honorem, blessed the insignia, and the President read
the brevet in the
presence of Fr. Filippo Ferretti
then Conferred the insignia of Knight of Honour and Devotion
Joseph Bugeja Fontani with the assistance of Major Raymond P
Count Senia passed away October of 2018.
An Genealogical Account of the Counts of Senia;
Jean II de Rohan, sn de Tregallet, etc, d.1517;
Guillemette Malor, Dame de Marzein et de Desmellen; m.2d
1.Tristan de Rohan, sn du Poulduc, etc; m.Alix de Brebant
1.3.Louis de Rohan, sn du Poulduc, etc, d.1584; m.1577 Michelle
1.3.1.Jerome de Rohan, sn du Poulduc; m.1610 Julienne Le Metayer
188.8.131.52.Isaac de Rohan, sn du Poulduc, d.after 21 Jan 1669;
m.1638 Alienor de
184.108.40.206.1.Jean Baptiste I de Rohan, sn du Poulduc, d.1711;
Dame de Chateaulon
220.127.116.11.1.1.Jean Baptiste II de Rohan, Cte du Poulduc, d.1755;
18.104.22.168.1.1.1.Jean Baptiste Emanuel, b.1724
22.214.171.124.1.1.2.Francois Marie des Neiges Emanuel de Rohan, sn du
Master of the Knights of Malta, b.1725, d.Malta 1797, Sired a
Son and several
other children by Giovanna Crespi. (died 1799) Note XX1
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Vincenzo Fontani Crespi (1784-1844). 1st
Count of Senia in
Malta (cr:1795),(See Below)
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. Antonia Fontani Crespi, married 1805 to
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Manuele Fontani Crespi
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Lorenzo Fontani Crespi
184.108.40.206.1.1.3.Bonaventure Francois Antoine
220.127.116.11.1.1.5.Jean Leonard Gabriel Raimond, Abbot of Monlieu,
18.104.22.168.1.1.6.Marie Pelagie (1724-ca 1753); m.1737 Cte Francois
22.214.171.124.1.2.Jean Louis, d.after 1719
126.96.36.199.2.Jean, sn du Poulduc, d.1726; m.1690 Marie de Trello
188.8.131.52.3.Anne; m.Francois de Broel, sn de La Negrie
184.108.40.206.Anne; m.1638 Jean de Coetlagat, sn de Clegrio
1.3.2.Samsonne; m.Francois Josset, sn de Kerfredoux
2.Ponceau; m.1514 Madeleine Boissot
3.Gillette, Dame de Marzein (1500-ca 1530); m.1521 Marc de
Carne, sn de Cohignac
4.Jeanne; m.1526 Pierre Ermar, sn de Coetdolo
* Vincenzo Fontani Crespi (1784-1844), 1st
Conte di Senia,
(cr:1795). Created Count Palatine of the Austrian Empire on
the year of 1824 by
Emperor Francis II, married 1803 to Elisabetta Alessi dei
Marchesi della Taflia,
1. Luigi Fontani Alessi , 2nd Conte -See
* Count Luigi Fontani Alessi (1815-86), 2nd
Conte di Senia,
married 1836 to Rosalea Manduca dei Conti di Mont'Alto, with
1. Vincenzo Fontani Manduca, 3rd Conte -See
2. Annette Fontani Manduca (1839-1878), married 1859 to Dr
Luigi Crinquant MD,
2.1. Rosalea Crinquant Fontani, 4th Contessa -See
2.2. Anne Crinquant Fontani (1867-1948), married 1888 to
Feruccio Loffredo, with
2.2.1. Maria Loffredo, married 1907 to Giuseppe Galdes of
Algeria, with issue
220.127.116.11. Augustine Galdes (died as an infant)
18.104.22.168. Simone Galdes (1911-
2.2.2. Louistte Loffredo, married firstly to Pasquale Gaudino,
secondly in 1929 to Louis Cocoozoa, with no issue from either
2.2.3. Augustine Loffredo, married 1921 to Francesco Camilleri
2.3. Gertrude Clinquant Fontani (1869-1946), married 1886 to
2.3.1. Vincenzo Bugeja (1887-1953)., married 1935 to Helen
Salamone, with issue
22.214.171.124. Joseph Bugeja Fontani, ( 1941- .
Acknowledged by the
COP as the 6th Count of Senia, married 1966 to Amalia
Nicolas, with issue
126.96.36.199.1. Mark Bugeja Fontani (1968-, married to Stephanie
Spiteri, with issue
188.8.131.52.1.1. Michael Bugeja Fontani, (2002-
184.108.40.206.2. Susan Bugeja Fontani (1969- , married Paul Sultana,
220.127.116.11.2.1. Andrew Sultana, (2003-
18.104.22.168.3. James Bugeja Fontani (1972-
2.3.2. Alberto Bugeja (1890- ), married 1925 to Giuseppa
Camilleri, with issue
2.3.3. Annetta Bugeja (1892-), married John Attard Montalto -See
2.3.4. Emanuel Bugeja (1893- ), married Katherine Jussila,
2.3.5. Charles Bugeja (1900- ), married 1923 to Adela Hesses,
2.4. Elena Crinquant Fontani (1877-1925), married 1898 to
George J. Turnbull,
2.4.1. Mary Turnbull (1899- ), married 1946 to Felix Cassin.
2.4.2. Victor Turnbull (1900- ), married 1921 to Mary Cali
2.4.3. Edward Turnbull (1901- ), married 1924 to Emilienna
2.4.4. James Turnbull (1903- )
2.4.5. Maud Turnbull (1906- )
2.4.6. Matilde Turnbull (1906- ), married 1929 to William V.
2.4.7. Rita Turnbull (1916- ), married 1939 to Leon Romis
3. Suor. Marianna Fontani Manduca (1853- ) 'Nun'.
4. Elena Fontani Manduca (1843- ), married Salvatore Chetcuti,
* Count Vincenzo Fontani Manduca (1840-1906),
3rd Conte di Senia,
married 1861 to Marianna Scerri, without issue
* Rosalea Clinquant Fontani (1864-1931), 4th
Senia, married 1880 to Carlo Messina of Bone, Algeria, with
1. Fiorentino Messina Fontani (1885-1922), Contino di
Senia, married 1910
to Carmela Dileva, with issue
1.1. Roger Messina Fontani, 5th Conte -See
2. Eduardo Messina (1888-1910), dunm.
3. Umberto Messina (1891- ), married 1913 to Antoinette Conio
4. Vittorio Messina (1894-99), dunm
5. Gemma Messina (1882- ), married 1906 to Julien Vignon, and
* Roger Messina Fontani, 5th Conte di Senia,
1939 to Aloisea Borgia, and dsp.
Note XXI: Giovanna Crespi, was found a
husband by the
Grand Master de Rohan from Florence. Giovanna married in
1783 to Lorenzo Fontani,
son of Phillip of Florence, Italy. Giovanna also married in
1799 to the French
Captain Antoine Gastinel (Castinel) of Senez, France.
Giovanna died in
childbirth of a daughter called Giacobina Gastinel Crespi
The French in Malta, 1798-1800 by Carmelo Testa, 1997,
Midseas Books Ltd, Malta.
Luigi Fontani Alessi (1815-86), 2nd Count of Senia, married
1836 to Rosalea dei Conti Manduca
1. Vincenzo Fontani Manduca (1840-1906), 3rd Count of Senia,
married 1861 to Marianna Scerri, and dsp.
2. Annette Fontani Manduca (1839-78), married 1859 to Dr Luigi
2.1. Rosalea Clinquant Fontani, (1864-1931), 4th Countess di
Senia, married 1880 to Carlo Messina of Bone, Algeria
2.1.1. Fiorentino Messina Fontani (1885-1922), Contino di Senia,
married 1910 to Carmela Dileva
22.214.171.124. Roger Messina Fontani, (1910-1945), 5th Count of
Senia, married 1939 to Aloisea Borgia, and dsp.
2.1.2. Eduardo Messina (1888-1910), dunm.
2.1.3. Umberto Messina (1891-??), married 1913 to Antoinette
Conio, Any issues are Extinct since 1981.
2.1.4. Vittorio Messina (1894-99), ob.jur.
2.1.5. Gemma Messina (1882-???), married 1906 to Julien Vignon,
2.2. Anna Clinquant Fontani (1867-1948), married 1888 to
2.2.1. Maria Loffredo (1889-???), married 1907 to Giuseppe
Galdies of Algeria
126.96.36.199. Augustus Galdies (1909-ob,inf.)
188.8.131.52. Simone Galdies (1911-??)
2.2.2. Louisette Loffredo (1892-??), married firstly to Pasquale
Gaudino, and dsp., married secondly in 1929 to Louis Cocozoa,
2.2.3. Augustine Loffredo (1896-??), married 1921 to Francesco
2.3.Gertrude Clinquant Fontani (1869-1946), married 1886 to
2.3.1. Vincenzo Bugeja-Fontani, (1887-1953), married 1935 to
184.108.40.206. Joseph A Bugeja-Fontani (1941-2018, 6th Count di
Senia, married 1960 to Amy Nicolas, passed away October 2018)
220.127.116.11.1. Mark Bugeja-Fontani, (1968- , Contino di Senia,
married with issue
18.104.22.168.2. James Bugeja-Fontani (1972-
22.214.171.124.3. Susan Bugeja-Fontani (1969- , married with issue
2.3.2. Alberto Bugeja-Fontani (1890- ?), married 1925 to
Giuseppa Camilleri, with issue
2.3.3. Annette Bugeja Fontani (1892-??), married John dei Baroni
Attard Montalto, with issue
2.3.4. Emanuele Bugeja-Fontani (1893- ??), married Katherine
Jussila, with issue
2.3.5. Charles Bugeja-Fontani (1900- ), married 1923 to Adela
Hesses, with issue
2.4. Elena Clinquant Fontani (1877-1925), married George J.
2.4.1. Victor Turnbull (1900- , married 1921 to Mary Cali
2.4.2. Edward Turnbull (1901-, married 1924 to Emilienna
2.4.3. James Turnbull (1903-
2.4.4. Mary Turnbull (1899-??), married 1946 to Felix Cassin
2.4.5. Maud Turnbull (1906-
2.4.6. Matilde Turnbull (1906- , married 1929 to William V.
2.4.7. Rita Turnbull (1916-, married Leon Romis Foreztier
3. Elena Fontani Manduca (1843-??), married Salvatore Chetcuti,
4. Sister Marianna Fontani Manduca, (1853-??)'Nun' dunm.
Present Count, Joseph A Bugeja-Fontani (b. 1941 ), 6th Count
di Senia, married 1960 to Amy Nicolas with issue, Mark,
Joseph Fontani is also a member of the S.M.O.M and the
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