The Grand Master's Box
The Order has been named, variously, as Hospitallers of St John of
Jerusalem (1113-1309), Order of Knights of Rhodes (1309-1522), Sovereign
and Military Order of the Knights of Malta (1530-1798), Knights
Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem (1834-1961) and Sovereign Military
Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta (since
The Grand Master was required to be primogenital, ennobled through
his four grandparents for at least two centuries and taken the religious
vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.
The Icon, also known as the “Madonna of the Knights” had four silver
'dresses' set with pearls and precious stones, before the French
stripped these. After presentation to the Czar at Gatchina, the Relics
went to the Winter Palace in St Petersburg and survived the 1917
Revolution, being back at the Gatchina imperial residence for the annual
celebrations on 12th October, the date of the 1799 presentation. By
1929, the Relics were at the Orthodox Church in Berlin until 1932 when
transferred to the Dedinje Palace Chapel of Alexander I of Yugoslavia
until 1941 before going to the Orthodox Monastery of Ostrog in
Montenegro. Further reports on the Icon were in The Times, Malta 28th
May 1997 and The Sunday Times, Malta 26th April 1998.
Details of the looted ecclesiastical and secular objects compiled by
Joseph Lebrun, Master of the Mint are in The National Library of Malta
Collection and listed in Victor F. Denaro, The Goldsmiths of Malta and
Montpellier was the home of certain notables associated with the
French Revolution. During the von Hompesch lifetime, Pierre-Joseph
Cambon, financial adviser, was born there in 1756, as was
Jean-Jacques-Regis Cambaceres, Duke of Parma, in 1753, statesman and
legal expert and Count Pierre-Antoine Daru in 1767 a military
administrator. Carlo Maria Buonaparte, father of Napoleon 1st died there
Three French warships had arrived to greet the Royal Yacht and a
detachment of 300 French matelots was in the welcoming march past -
The Grand Master's Palace became the official residence of British
Governors of Malta.
Refer: Ugo Donati, I Marchi dell'Argenteria Italiana and Elio &
Corrado Catello, I marchi dell'argenteria napoletana.
The whereabouts of Marsa Club Archives is unknown as these apparently
disappeared when the British departed Malta.
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