Historical Records | Mdina Cathedral Museum Archives

Historical Records

The second group comprises various historical records, mainly transcripts from notarial and episcopal archives as well as small collections of manuscripts recovered from dispersed archives and donated to the Cathedral. It has seven sections, with one section – entitled Miscellanea – being continually updated with new acquisitions. The earliest transcribed documents in this group date back to the 14th century. This group includes collections from various entities that for unknown reasons have found their place as part of the Cathedral Archives. A recent addition to this group is a collection of 473 parchments that lay dispersed and unclassified but are now being professionally catalogued by Prof. Stanley Fiorini. Another addition is a collection of no less than 4300 Lettere Consolari addressed in the late 18th century to the French Consul in Malta.




No. 1ACM Miscellanea (611 mss)
ACM Misc.
No. 2ACM Fondo Panzavecchia (144 mss)
ACM Pan.
No. 3Pergamene e frammenti (473 parch., 64 frg.)
ACM Frg. and/or ACM Parch.
No. 4Processi de spogli (77 mss) 1686-1750
    Spogli 1
    Spogli 2
ACM Spogli
No. 5Fondo Gesuiti (36 mss)
ACM Coll. Ges.
No. 6Lettere consolari (33 mss) 1664-1798
    Lettere Consolari
ACM Lett. Consulare
(see table below)
No. 7Fondo Dom Mauro Inguanez (38 files)
ACM DOM M. Inguanez

The lettres consolari

Letters received by the French chargé des affaires in Malta, who was the representative of the King of France and member of the Order of Saint John by his belonging to the Langue de Provence. These more than 4,300 letters come from French consulates in Italy, the Levant, North Africa, the Greek islands, but also from France itself, and cover many topics ranging from navigation to slave trade, including diplomacy or finance. Transcribed in full par Pr. Alain Blondy and Jean Bérenger, the translation of their work into into English and summarizing it in a searchable database is an ongoing project.



1Constantinople and the Dardanelles (1747-1793)
2Smyrna and Chios (1747 - 1793)
3Athens, Heraklion (Candie), Chania (La Canée), Kefalonia (Céphalonie), Kythira (Cérigo),
Arta, Pylos (Navarin), Naxos, Euboea (Nègrepont), Patras, Preveza, Kimolos (Largentière) (1764-1762)
4Salonika (1758 - 1790)
6Rhodes (1777- 1793)
7French consulate in Zakynthos and Leucadia (Lefkada) (1768- 1792)
8Maltese consulate in Zakynthos (1779- 1789)
9Nafplio (1763- 1786)
10Koroni (1756-1793)
11Acre, Aleppo, Alexandretta, Aintoura, Latakia Governorate (Lattaquié), Sayda (Sidon),
Tripoli of Syria (1719-1792)
12Alexandria, Cairo, Damietta, Rosetta (1704-1792)
13Tripoli of Libya (1773-1781)
14Tunis part 1 (1773-1781)
15Tunis part 2 (1782-1790), Algiers, Salé (1773-1787)
16Rome (1778-1807)
17Naples part 1 (1750-1781)
18Naples part 2 (1798-1793)
19Livorno part 1 (1757-1785)
20Livorno part 2 (1786-1793)
21Spain (Barcelona, Palma), Sardinia, Sicily, Republic of Venice, Grand-Duchy of Tuscany
, Republic of Genoa, Papal States, Republic of Ragusa, Trieste (1755-1793)
22Lampedusa (1775-1791)
23Palermo (1765-1793)
24Messina part 1 (1755-1781)
Messina part 2 (1782-1793)
27Toulon (1775-1791)
Marseille part 1 (1754-1779)
29Marseille part 2 (1780-1793)
33Miscellanea (1768-1801)
34Paris and French cities (1674-1792)
35Strasbourg, Germany and Abbot Dorion's correspondance (1766-1798)