Archivum de Piro - HMML Repository

Archivum de Piro

The Archivum de Piro manuscript and archival collection, housing the private papers of the de Piro family in Valletta, chart the history of the city and its affairs in the Mediterranean. The digitization project was completed in partnership with the Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti.



The Archivum de Piro comprises an extensive private family collection of documents and records, including letters, legal cases, wills, contracts, maps, proofs of nobility and other items of interest. There are over 300 manuscripts and 200 archival boxes in the collection, with documents dating back to the 16th century. The archive records the history of the family from Dr. Lorenzo Ubaldesco, lawyer and conventional chaplain to the Knights of Malta, through the modern period. The majority of the collection digitized includes the vast documentary history of Giovanni Pio de Piro (1673-1752), 1st Baron of Budach and 1st Marquis de Piro, whose prodigious letter writing and travels chronicle the history Malta and the Mediterranean in the 18th century.