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After the death of the Doge Domenico Contarini, Domenico Selvo,

a man of great reputation and of most illustrious and ancient

lineage, was elected, much to the joy of the people, in S. Nicolo

del Lido, as his successor. At the same time Niceforo, Emperor of

Constantinople, gave Caligo, one of his sisters, to him for wife, and

made him his " Prothospatario." * Under this Doge was erected the

church of S. Mark, and his family built, in addition to a sumptuous

palace in the street of S. Cantiano, the church of S. Bartolomio,

formerly called S. Demetrio. This they did at the request of the

Emperor of Trebisonda. Under this same Dogeship, Roberto

Guiscardo prepared a large navy, the Captain of which was his son

Boamondo. He sailed towards Manfredonia, took La Valona and

besieged Durazzo ; whereupon the Emperor Niceforo, being related

through his sister to the Doge, besought aid of the Venetians, and

Domenico Selvo immediately placed at his disposal thirty-six ships,

fourteen galleys, and nine brigantines, under the command of Marco

Antonio Orio. The Doge himself accompanied the fleet, and

having relieved Durazzo, after a fierce battle, compelled Guiscardo

to retire; who, however, fired with the ambition to become master

of Greece, put to sea again with a large fleet, and returning to

Dalmatia, where he was joined by his son Boamondo, gained a

complete victory over the fleets of Greece and Venice. Alesso, the

son of the Emperor Niceforo, fled towards Peloponesso, and the

* Probably chief cupbearer. ~
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26 DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE).

Doge Selvo, who commanded the Venetian fleet, having lost the
greater part of his ships; returned home. But this event so excited
the hatred of the people that he was deprived of the Dogeship
after having held it for thirteen years, five months, and twenty
days. After his death he was buried in the church of S. Mark.

The description of his wife, the Dogess, is somewhat quaint.
She was delicately and superbly attired, and disdained to wash in
common water, nor would she touch food with her fingers, but
used forks of gold for that purpose. Her head was perfumed with
various scents, the pungency of which was such that people who
approached her often swooned. These in time produced upon her
body sores which even the water she despised could not alleviate,
and she died in misery and unhappiness.

The family of Selvo ceased to be members of the Council

1252. under that name in 1252 in the person of Steffano Selvo, who
took the name of Belegno instead. This change arose from the
fact that Antonio Selvo aimed a vessel which was described to be
the most beautiful ever seen, and navigated it himself in a war
against the Emperor of Constantinople. Whence he came to be
called Antonio Selvo dal bel Legno (of the beautiful ship), a name
which his descendants retained under the form of Belegno. At the
same time a change took place in the family arms. Hitherto they
had been Or, a cross az., but now became Gul. seven bars sab.*

1297. At the close of the Council of 1297, under the Doge Pietro
Gradenigo, another change took place, the bars sab. becoming bars

1252. arg. In 1252 Marin and Mattio Belegno were sent from the



• These arms are not illustrated in the Cronica Vencla, and the bars argent, in the more
recent arms, are five in number, and not seven.



BIANCA p. 27




DONATO OR DONADO-pp 27, 28.






M5l<:^l|:i





MOLIN-pp. 28. 29




rilustratinii tii the Faiiiilv uf IJh Lhzzb,

To face p. 27.



DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE). 27

quarter of Canareggio to colonise Candia, where the family became

extinct, but many sun'tved in Venice, and were members of the

Great Council.

Doge.

1071-1084. Domenico Selvo was Doge of Venice.

Procurators of S. Marco.
1 198. Marin Selvo.
1245, 17th Sept. Filippo Selvo.
1294, sth Dec. Marco Belegno.
1363. Paolo Belegno.

Donato da Leg^ge, son of Luca, married (i) a dau. of
Domenico Bianco or Bianca, and (2) a dau. of
Francesco Donato or Donado.

The family of Bianco or Bianca came from Trivisana. They

professed the Roman Catholic faith, and were just men, but of

1297. poor circumstances. In 1297 they became members of the Venetian

1342. Council, and ceased to be so in 1342 in the person of Luchia

Bianca, who had charge over the Riaito under the Doge Andrea

Dandolo.

The Donati or Donadi came from the region of Ancona, and
because they were men of upright conscientiousness they were called
1 3 10. Buoni dalla Madona. In 13 10, Pietro Gradenigo being Doge, Marco
Donado, for ha\nng borne himself well on behalf of his country'
in the matter of the conspiracy by Baiamonte Tiepolo, was made
a member of tlie Council. This family, in conjunction with the
Grimani, built the Church of S. Fosca. They were members of the
Great Council.

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DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE).

Doges.
1 545- 1 553. Francesco Donate.
1606- 16 1 2. Leonardo Donato.
1618. Nicolo Donato.

^jr,|f' Procurators of S. Marco.

141 3. Leonardo Donato.

1422. Borg""'".

1449. Andrea.

1450. Andrea, a Roman Senator, by Pope Nicolo V.
1532. Francesco.
1591. Leonardo 2''°.
1680. Pietro. ■»yy.fc>»«.



A dau. of Luca da Lcgge married Giovanni Vitturi.

For the family of Vitturi, see p. 23.

nnarCO da Legge, son of Ruggiero and grandson of Giacomo,
1380. Proveditor of the Army, 1380, married a dau. Of BcrnardO

IVIoIin.

This family came from the City of Acre in Soria with seven
other families, where they were engaged in mercantile pursuits, and

1291. remained there till 1291, when the city was taken by Menich
Sardar, Sultan of Egypt. Upon their arrival in Venice their noble
blood obtained for them recognition at the hands of the Council

121 1. under the Doge Pietro Gradenigo. In 121 1 Nicolo and Pietro
(surnamed Beretta) Molin, of the quarter of Santa Croce, were sent
to colonise Candia. They were members of the Great Council.



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DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE). 29

Procurators of S. Marco.

1340. Benetto Molin.

1442. Marco Molin.

1516. Luigi Molin.

1522. Marco Molin.

1526. Gasparo Molin.

1633. Francesco Molin.

Doge.
Francesco Molin, the Procurator, succeeded Francesco Erizzo
as Doge, the 20th Jan., 1645, and held the supreme power till
1655.

Pietro da l.egge, brother to Marco, married a dau. Of
Marin Bonzl.*

Isabetta da Legge, dau. of Luigi, married Luigi Foscarini.

The Foscarini were natives of Terra di Mestre, and bore the

character of being wise, discreet, and patriotic men. They were

1200. members of the Venetian Council before 1200, and belonged to it

1297. at the close of 1297. Under the Doge Pietro Gradenigo, Steffano

1205-22. Foscarini was sent with others to colonise Corfu in 1205. In 1222

1252. Marco, and in 1252 Nicolo Foscarini, both from the quarter of San '

Polo, were sent to Candia for the same purpose. The members of

this family who were in Candia, together with those at Venice,

were members of the Great Council. They were men greatly

distinguished as Generals, Ambassadors, and Senators, and were

gifted with great wisdom. Giacomo Foscarini, a worthy man and

of much prudence, having been already Procurator of S. Mark,

* See note p. 21.




3° DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE).

was twice made Inquisitor in the kingdom of Candia, which he
1669. governed till its surrender in 1669.

Procurators of S. Marco.
1343- Giovanni Foscarini.
1364. Giovanni a''" Foscarini.

1368. Alvize Foscarini.

1415- Francesco Foscarini.

1435- Marco Foscarini.

1466. Alvize 2''° Foscarini.

15 • Gio. Battista Foscarini.

IS • Gierolamo Foscarini. "\

1516. Francesco 2^° Foscarini.

1580. Giacomo Foscarini.

1650. Alvize 3° Foscarini.

1690. Marco Foscarini.

Doge.

Marco Foscarini succeeded Francesco Loredan in the Doge
ship in 1762.

Girolamo da LeggC, son of Domenico, whose father was
Andrea, married a dau. of Nicolo Pisani.



604,



The Pisani, natives of Pisa, were originally known by the
name of Canciliari, and were of most noble blood and great power.
In 604 they were driven from Pisa and came to Rome, again
905. leaving that city fo-. Venice in 905. Their arms were Two bends

wavy az. on a field or.* On the acquisition of the city of Tjre

■■■■> : \^„ :■■ . '^ * '^'■"^ *™5 are not illustrated in the Cronica Veneta.



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IllustraliGii to the Family of LJa Lbzzb,

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BA LEZZE {DA LEGGE). 31

I120. during the war in tlie Holy Land in 1120 and 1354 they bore in

1354. addition A cross gu. on a field arg., and upon the family of Griego
in Venice becoming extinct assumed their arms, namely, A lion
rampant arg. and az. on a field az. and arg., and these again
underwent a change, and took the form of A dog rampant arg. on
a field az. These arms were borne by different members of the
family. The island of Nio, in the Archipelago, was conferred upon

1536. them in 1536, and the church of S. Antonio di Castello di Tavole
was built by them. They became members of the Venetian Council

905. in 905.

This house has produced many brave men, notably so Vettor
and Nicolo Pisani, who were engaged in the war of Chiozza against
the Genoese under the Doges Andrea Dandolo and Andrea
Contarini.

Cardinals.
In 1 5 17, Pope Leo X"' made Cardinal Francesco Pisani
Governor of S. Taodoro, and he afterwards became Bishop of
Padova. He was a man eminent for wisdom and virtue.

In 1570 Luigi Pisani, Bishop of Padova, was made a
Cardinal by Pope Pius the IV*. Owing to his eminently charitable
disposition his death was the cause of much grief to the poor of
the city. He was buried in Padova.

Procurators of S. Marco.
In 1 5 16, 1 8th May, Luif,i Pisani.
1528. Giovanni Pisani.
1630. Andrea Pisani.
1682. Giovanni 2^".
16 . Almoro Pisani.



32 DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE).

Another family of the same name, who were oritjinally

called Little Pazzani or Pellizzeri, were country born. Bcltramo

Pellizzer or Pisani, a rich merchant of S. Silvestro, was a member

1355. of the Council in 1355. He it was who discovered the conpsiracy

entered into by the Doge Marino Faliero, which lost him his head.

A dau. of Cirolamo da Leggc married Giorgio
Contarini.

The Contarini were of German extraction, and descended
from the most noble blood of the Counts del Reno. They migrated
to Rome, and afterwards were governors of the city of Concordia
under the Republic. From thence they came to Eraclea, and on
account of their long residence there were numbered amongst the

503. twelve Tribunes of the Lagoons of Venice in 503. One of the

family was amongst those who elected the first Doge Paoluccio

697. Anafesto, a' noble of Eraclea, in 697. Besides enlarging the church

of S. Giacomo di Rialto, the Contarini built the churches of

1027. S. Nicolo del Lido and S. Angelo Raffael in 1027. In this great
work they were joined by the Contenti, Morosini, and Sanudi. The
blessed Maffeo Contarini belongs to this house. They were men
largely concerned in great matters affecting the State, to which
they contributed many Bishops, Patriarchs, Procurators, and Princes.
The arms which they bore were A "zoia"* vert on a field or,
thus showing that they left the city of Concordia after the rest of
the family, the different members of which bore different arms.
The lilies which appear in some of them were granted by Kings
of France at various times in recompense for embassies, and the
eagles were a grant from the Emperors. They derive the cross
• Inexplicable. The British Museum experts were unable to explain it.



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DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE). 33

from the Counts of Zafto of the city of Soria, and, as a privilege,
one of them is always a Knight and Count of Zafto. Some bear
the "zoia" en account of having sent two great Venetian galleys
to Fiandra with merchandise. They are, therefore, styled the
Contarini of the "zoia." Marin and Benetto Contarini were sent
to colonise Candia in 121 1. They were all members of the Great
Council.

Doges.

1043-1071. Domenico Contarini.

1 367- 1 382. Andrea Contarini.

1623-1624. Francesco Contarini.

1630-163 1. Nicolo Contarini.

1655-1656. Carlo Contarini.

1659-1674. Domenico Contarini 2'"'.

1676-1683. Alvize Contarini.

Bishops of Venice.

1091. Henrico Contarini.
1303. Giacomo Contarini.

Patriarchs.



911.


Marian Contarini was Patriarch of Grado.


1204.


Tomaso Contarini was Patriarch of Constantinople


1257.


Maffio




1508.
1508.


Ludovico
Antonio


i" Contarini were Patriarchs of Venice.


I5S4-


Francesco





34



DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE).



Cardinals.

In 1541 Maffio Contarini, afterwards Patriarch of Venice,
was made a Cardinal of the Holy Church by Pope Nicolo V.

In 1536 Gaspare Contarini was made a Cardinal by Pope
Paulo III.





Procurators oi


F S. Marco.




II43-


Mario Contarini. 1


IS37.


Giulio.




1207.


Giacomo.


1538-


Alessandro.




1241.


Tomaso.


1543-


Tomasso 3°.




1286.


Marin.


1556.


Francesco.




1326.


Nicolo.


1557.


Tomaso 2^'.


1341-


Steffano.


1570.


Fedrigo 2'*°.


1352.


Andrea.


1572.


Gerolemo.


1414.


Antonio.


1598.


Gio. Paulo.


1434-


Andrea 2^».


1598.


Zaccaria.


1441.


Steffano 2^<'.


1650.


Alessandro, per soldi


1444.


Fedrigo 3°.




(with salary).


1456.


Nadal.
Nicolo 2^".


1653-
165 .


Andrea, per sc


)ldi.


1462.


Giulio 2"*°.


1463.


Andrea 3°.


1660.


Alvize.


1483.


Leonardo.


1685.


Glarlo de Andrea, per


1485.


Bertucci.




soldi.


1489.


Giovanni.


1685.


Bertucci.





Michele da Legge, son of Donato, married a dau. of
Antonio IVlarcello.



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MANOLESSO,

p. 35.





BALBI,

pp. 35, 36.




lUustratiDij to the Family at Da Lczze.

To face p. 35.



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DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE).



35




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The family of Marcello, sprung from a most illustrious house,
came to Venice from Rome, where they were numbered amongst
642. the Tribunes in 642. They were members of the Great Council in

Venice.

A dau. of Francesco da Lcggc married Orsato IVIano-
lesso.

290. This family came from Torcello in 290. They were men of

good condition, stalwart in battle, and capable of maintaining their
opinion. Marco Manolesso, of the quarter of Dorsodaro, was sent

1211. to colonise Candia in 1211. He took with him cavalry and 375
troopers. At this date a change took place in the family arms,
which had been hitherto Per fess gul. and vert, a bend or. Emilio
Manolesso, a ^avalier and man of learning, was public lecturer in
Venice. The family were numbered amongst the members of the
Great Council.

Francesco da Leggre, son of Luigi, married a dau. of
Benedetto Balbi.

The Balbi sprang from the race of the Aureli Balbini, and



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36 • DA LEZZE (DA LEGGE).

came from Rome, where they flourished, and were held in great
reputation by the leaders of the Republic. Many epitaphs respect-
ing them are to be found amongst the ruins of that city. As a
mark of their ancient lineage, Nicolo and Giovanni Balbi were the
recipients of special honours at the hands of Bela, King of

1047. Hungary, in 1047. Members of this noble family existed in several
cities of Italy — notably in Pavia, where reposes the body of the
blessed Bernardo Balbi ; also in Genoa. Some of them were
Bishops of Milan and Ravenna. They built the church of
S. Julian in Venice, where rest the bodies of S. Florian and
S. Paul, the first hermit, the latter headless, having been brought

1205. from Constantinople in 1205. The Balbi were members of the
Great Council.

282. Another family of the same name, though styled Babulani till

282, were natives of Aquilegia. They are described as men active in
business and as living in all amity. The churches of S. Vido and

912. S. Vido Magno were built by them in 912. Paolo Balbi was one

1 178. of the Council of four who in 1178 elected Aurio Mastropetro* as
Doge. Some of this family were members of the Great Council in

1292. 1292 under the Doge Pietro Gradenigo.

Luca da Legge, son of Michele, married a dau. Of G. B.

Foscarini,

1508. DonatO da Legge, son of Michele, also married a datl. Of
C. B. Foscarini.

For the family and arms of Foscarini, see pp. 29, 30, and
illustration.

* The Malipieri were called Mastropetro.



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IlluEtratiDri tn the Family of Da Lbzzb.

To face p. 37.



DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE). 37

A dan. of IVIichele da Legge married Bernardo Nani.

The Nani were ancient Tribunes of Torcello, and were

Roman Catholics. They built the churches of S. Giovanni Laterano

917. and S. Vidal in 917. Giacomo Nani of the quarter of Castello

121 1. was sent to colonise Candia in 121 1. His branch of the family

1407. became extinct in 1407.



1522. Giovanni da Legge, son of Michele, married a dau. of
Benedetto Badoer, widow of Luigi Foscari.

Members of the Great Council and Romans by birth, the Badoeri
were descended from the most noble family of the Arii. Both
at Venice and Padua they held conspicuous posts as Senators
and Consuls. Amongst them was Tito Ario Antonino 2'^'', who
was Consul with Tito Flavio Sabino, brother of the Emperor

848. Vespasian, in 848, the year when Rome was founded. Tito Ario

Antonino's daughter. Aria Fadila, married Tito Aurelio Fulvio,
whose son was the Emperor Antonio Pio. The Arii flourished
in Padua both in the male and female line. Arria was the first wife of
Caio Cacina Pato, and Aria the second wife of Tracia Pato, both
Consuls. Their name is preserved in the villa Ario and in the field
Ariano in Padua. Aria Sarena lies buried in the church of S. Maria
Mater Domini, Venice. Incursions of barbarians into Italy compelled
the family to seek safety in flight and betake themselves to the cities
of Pavia, to Civitaciecchia and Eraclea. In this latter city they held
the rank of Tribunes, and were amongst those who elected Paoluccio

697. Anafesto, of Eraclea, to be the first Doge in 697. They held the

highest rank both in Padua and the Island of Venice, and because they
were natives of the former city received the name of Paduarii, which



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38 DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE).

afterwards, by the change of the letter " P" into " B," became Baduarii.
Their possession of rights, moreover, in Padua and the Islands,
together with their participation in the government of Padua and all
the provinces of Venice and the Island, obtained for them the name of
Participatio. From this noble family was elected the first Doge in
the Rialto and the Islands of Venice, and no other family produced so
many Princes and Doges in those times. In such reputation were they
held that at one time there were seven Participatii Doges of Venice.
In the district of Padua they held in possession the county
of Praga and Mirano, where was born Cardinal Bonaventura
Badoaro de Pragia Padovano, a man eminent for his learning, piety,
and religion ; also Giacomo, his nephew, whose father was a Canon and
Bishop of Padua. Many other illustrious members of this family
flourished as much in Padua as in Venice, and amongst them Gioarni,
who was General of Prince Cararesi's army. They built the church of
532. S. Mark, which had been begun in 532 by Narsette, Captain to the

967. Emperor Justinian. It was finished by Justinian Badoero in 967. In

addition to S. Mark, the following churches were also built by them,
namely, S. Giorgio Maggiore by the Doge Giovanni Badoer
898. (Participatio) in 898,* S. Zaccaria, S. Maria, S. Gio. Evangelista, in

818. 818. In 864 they rebuilt the churches of S. Maria Formosa and

864. S. Voatio (the latter being the work of Marin Badoer), S. Lorenzo in

the Isle of Gemelle, and S. Severo. From this family sprang the
blessed Orso Badoer (Participatio), Doge of Venice, who before had
been " Prothospatario "t under the Emperor Basilio, son of Arcadio,
Emperor of Constantinople.

• This must be an error, as Giovamio Participatio ceased to be Doge in 886.
t Query : Chief cupbearer.



DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE).



39



810-827
827-830
830-837
864-881
881-885
932-932
939-942

Vidal ,
Vidal 2''''
Giovanni



867.
901.
904.
1074. Vittorio



Doges.
Angelo Participatio.
Giustiniano Participatio.
Giovanni Participatio I.
Orso Participatio I.
Giovanni Participatio II.
Orso Participatio II.
Pietro Badoero Participatio.

Patriarchs.
Participatio were Patriarchs of Grado.



In 1688 Giovanni Badoaro, " Primicerio," or Chief of the Church
of S. Mark, was made Patriarch of Venice. He became Cardinal
in 1706.

Bishops.



Venice.



52, Domenico, and 992, Domenico 2'*° Badoer were Bishops of

Procurators of S. Marco.
1 1 38. Giustinian Badoer.
1320. Manin Badoaro.
1423. Alban Badoer.
i486. Giovanni Badoaro.



The FOSCari came from Padua, where they were called
Mestrina. They were men rich in possessions, wise and endowed



40 DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE).

with fine oratorical powers. They were also distinguished for the
generosity with which they distributed their alms. At the close of
1297. the Council, held in 1297, under the Doge Pietro Gradenigo they
were elected Members. The Church of S. Simon the Prophet was
built by them, and they belonged to the Great Council.

Doge.
1423- 1457. Francesco Foscari.

Cardinal.
1468, Pietro Foscari, Primicerio or Chief of S. Mark, Bishop of
Padua and Apostolical Pronotary, was made a Cardinal by Pope
Paulo II., with the title of S. Nicolo Inter Imagines, and afterwards
with the additional title of S. Sisto. He died in Rome, July, 1485,
and was buried in Santa Maria del Popolo.

Bishop.
1359. Paulo Foscari became Bishop of Venice.



Procurators of S. Marco.

1 3 19. Marin Foscari.

1415. Francesco Foscari.

141 5. Marco Foscari.

1474. Filippo Foscari.



1526. Benedetto da Legge, son of Giovanni, married ist a dau. of
Ciacomo Priuli, and 2nd a dau. of Andrea Delfino.

The Priuli, described as men of virtue, belonged to the ancient
290. Tribunes, and came from Torcello in 290. They were made members




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DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE).



41



1297. of the Council which closed in 1297, under the Doge Pietro Gradenigo.

1222. Giacomo Priuli was sent to colonise Candia in 1222, where that
branch of the family became extinct, but in Venice the family-
flourished, and its members belonged to the Great Council.

Doges.

1556-1559. Lorenzo Priuli.
1559-1567. Girolamo Priuli.
1618-1623. Antonio Priuli.

Cardinals.

In 1596, Lorenzo Priuli, Patriarch of Venice, was made a
Cardinal by Pope Clement VIII., with the title of Santa Maria
Traspontina. He was a man full of zeal, and a most just ruler over
his clergy. He died in 1600.

In 16 16, Matteo Priuli, Bishop of Vicenza, was made a Cardinal
by Pope Paolo V., and in 1706 the same distinction was conferred
upon Lorenzo Priuli, by Pope Clement XI., of the house of Albania.

Procurators of S. Marco.



1453


Giovanni Priuli.


1570.


Luigi 2''° Priuli.


1482


Pietro Priuli.


1570.


Francesco Priuli.


1522


Francesco 2''° Priuli.


1582.


Giovanni Priuli.


1524


Luigi Priuli.


1602.


Luigi 3° Priuli.


1528


Antonio Priuli.


1603.


Antonio 2''° Priuli.


1545


Nicolo Priuli.


1624.


Antonio 3° Priuli.


1557


Gerolamo Priuli.


1667.
G


Luigi 4°.



42 DA LEZZE {DA LEGGE).

DOI.FIN OR DeLFINO.

The Delfini migrated from Aquileia to Pola, and were the

503. first who held the title of Tribunes in 503. They sprang from a

most noble stock, and were of the family of Gradenigo, which was

800. founded in 800 in the person of Dolfin Uolfin ; his remarkable

skill in swimming gained him the name, and caused him to assume

the arms of, Azure, three dolfins or. Gregorio Dolfin, a man of

fame and substance, made the change of. Per pale azure and argent,

a dolfin or. In conjunction with the Abrami, Albaiii, and Fianco,

the Delfini built the Church of S. Servolo, in which was laid to


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