Marquess of Groppoli

The Marquessate of Groppoli, in Tuscany and Liguria, was the property of the Brignole-Sale family, an illustrious patrician family of Genoa who ruled from 1592 to 1774.

Marquessate of Groppoli
Arms of the Brignole family
Creation date1577 (first creation)
1592 (second creation)
MonarchRudolph II, Holy Roman Emperor (first creation)
Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (second creation)
Peerage Holy Roman Empire
Grand Duchy of Tuscany
First holderFrancesco I de' Medici (first creation)
Giulio Sale (second creation)
Present holderJohn Lyon-Dalberg-Acton, 5th Baron Acton
Heir apparentHon. Robert Peter Lyon-Dalberg-Acton
Remainder toThe 1st Marquess' heirs of the body lawfully begotten.
StatusExtant
Former seat(s)Palazzo Giulio Sale, Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Villa Brignole Sale in Genoa and Groppoli Castle in Mulazzo
Anton Giulio Brignole-Sale, by Anthony van Dyck 1627
Giovanni Francesco II Brignole-Sale, Doge of Genoa 1746-48, by Hyacinthe Rigaud 1739
Rodolfo II Brignole-Sale, Doge of Genoa 1762-64, by Giovanni Battista Chiappe
Anna Pieri, wife of the 9th Marquess, by Anton von Maron 1792

It was originally an imperial fief, part of the former lands of the Malaspina di Mulazzo family, and later became a fief of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

The commune covered an area of 12 kmĀ². It was inhabited by 131 families and had a total population of 712 in 1833.[1]


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