Piero de Ponte

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Piero del Ponte
GM Piero de Ponte.jpg
Grand Master of the Order of Saint John
In office
26 August 1534 – 17 November 1535
Monarch King Charles II
Preceded by Philippe Villiers de L'Isle-Adam
Succeeded by Didier de Saint-Jaille
Personal details
Born 1462
Asti, Holy Roman Empire (modern Italy)
Died 17 November 1535
Malta
Resting place Valletta
Nationality Italian
Military service
Allegiance Sovereign Military Order of Malta Order of Saint John
Battles/wars Siege of Rhodes

Fra' Piero del Ponte (1462-1535) was the 45th Grand Master of the Order of Malta between 1534 and 1535.

He hailed from Asti, in northern Italy and was a descendent of the ancient family of Casal-Gros and Lombriax. He became a Knights Hospitaller and was the Order's governor of the island of Lango when Rhodes fell to the Ottomans on New Year's Day 1523, and was still there in 1534 when he received the news of his election to the office of Grand Master of the Order, to succeed Philippe Villiers de L'Isle-Adam at Malta.

The first coins of the Order to be minted in Malta were stuck during del Ponte's reign.[1]

Del Ponte died on 18 November 1535, 15 months after his election. He was buried in the chapel of Our Lady of Victories, in Fort St. Angelo, Birgu, Malta. Eventually his remains were interred in the crypt of St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coinage of the Knights in Malta". The Coinage of Malta. Central Bank of Malta. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 


Preceded by
Philippe Villiers de L'Isle-Adam
Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller
1534–1535
Succeeded by
Didier de Saint-Jaille