Bua Shpata family

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Gjin Bue Shpata was part of the noble Albanian Shpata and Bua families. Bua family were descendants of Meksi noble family.[1] His father Pietro Bua Shpata was lord of Gjirokastër and Delvina.[2]
His genealogical tree is not well documented. It was first outlined by Karl Hopf in his Chroniques Greco-Romanes (p. 531) and by K. Sathas in the 19th century but a newer study finds that those works have many mistakes and gaps.[3] An anonymous source, based mainly on Hopf's work, gives this family tree

Flag of the Family, and later of Despotate of Angelokastron and Lepanto and Despotate of Arta

G. Schiró studied the genealogy of Spata based on the original sources, i.e. the "Chronicle of Ioannina" and the "Chronicle of Tocco", but also on the Venetian archives. He proposed a family tree quiet different from that of Hopf. For example, Pietro Bua had not only three sons but four. Gjin Bua Spata had not any son but only daughters. His daughter Irene married three times. He believes that the family was extinct with the death of Yaqub in 1416. Other people, mainly condottieri, with the name "Bua" are not blood relatives of this family but this name was used by many as first name since it became famous.[5]


  1. ^ http://books.google.al/books?id=P5quHAAACAAJ&dq=thoma+noti&hl=en&output=html_text&sa=X&ei=_3b4U5uZBbPR4QSfn4DoBg&ved=0CBYQ6AEwAw. (Meksi family appeared around the 10th century and they were the initial branch of Bua noble family)
  2. ^ Rivista di studi bizantini e neoellenici, Volumes 5-9 Author Università di Roma. Istituto di studi bizantini e neoellenici, 1968 Original from the University of Virginia
  3. ^ Schiró Giuseppe, La genealogia degli Spata tra il XIV e XV sec. e due Bua sconosciouti, Rivista di Studi Bizantini e Neoellenici, Universita di Roma, Roma, 1971-1972, pp. 67-85.
  4. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "Bua Spatas family". Retrieved 15 July 2010. [self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ Schiró G. p. 81