Piero de Ponte
Piero del Ponte
|Grand Master of the Order of Saint John|
26 August 1534 – 17 November 1535
|Monarch||King Charles II|
|Preceded by||Philippe Villiers de L'Isle-Adam|
|Succeeded by||Didier de Saint-Jaille|
|Born||26 August 1462[?]|
Asti, Holy Roman Empire (modern Italy)
|Died||17 November 1535 (aged 73)|
|Resting place||St. John's Co-Cathedral (originally buried at Fort St. Angelo)|
|Allegiance||Order of Saint John|
|Battles/wars||Siege of Rhodes|
Conquest of Tunis
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. After he was elected he spent two months in Calabria, and arrived in Malta on 10 November 1534.
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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pierino de Ponte (GM 45).|
- "Coinage of the Knights in Malta". The Coinage of Malta. Central Bank of Malta. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
- "1535: la presa di Tunisi". Oratores el Bellatores. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
- Mallia-Milanes, Victor (2008). The Military Orders: History and heritage. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited. p. 62. ISBN 9780754662907. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
Philippe Villiers de L'Isle-Adam
| Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller
Didier de Saint-Jaille