The Rapid Rise Of The Talented Baron Franchini (Pt.3) | First Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

As mentioned previously, the Princess of Wales (later Queen Caroline Amelie Elizabeth) heaped honours on Bartolomeo Pergami, and one of the most prestigious of these was that of Grand Master of The Order of the Holy Sepulchre. This is a transcript of the document that I extracted from  The parliamentary debates (Volume 3, Great Britain. Parliament, Thomas Curson Hansard). Note that in this document Baron Franchini is referred to as the Baron de la Francina.

“Jerusalem, 12th July, 1816.

“By this present, subscribed by the own hand of her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, and bearing her seal, her Royal Highness institutes and creates a new Order, to recompense the faithful knights who have had the honour of accompanying her on her pilgrimage to the Holy Land. this

“First – This Order shall be given, and worn only by those who have accompanied her Royal Highness to Jerusalem, except her physician Professor Mochetti, who by a simple accident could not follow her.

“Second – The Colonel Bartholomew Bergami [recte Bartolomeo Pergami], Baron of Francina [recte della Franchina], Knight of Malta, and of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, equerry of her Royal Highness, shall be the Grand Master of this Order, and his children, males as well as females, shall succeed him, and shall have the honour to wear this same order from generation to generation for ever.

“Third – This same advantage is granted to the Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, Mr. William Austin, and also his legitimate children, shall enjoy this honour for ever.

“Fourth – This honour shall be personal for you, Mr. Joseph Hownam, captain of the British Navy, knight in the suite of her Royal Highness, created one of the Knights of this Order by this present, and at your death the cross and the patent shall be returned to the Grand Master.

“Fifth – The Grand Master shall wear the cross round his neck, and the other knights shall be obliged to wear it at the button hole of the left hand side of their coats.

“Sixth – The above mentioned Order consists of a Red Cross, with the motto ‘Honi soit qui mal y pense’; and shall be called by the name of ‘St. Caroline of Jerusalem’. The Ribbon shall be lilac and silver.

“(Signed) CAROLINE, Princess of Wales.

“Colonel BERGAMI [sic], Baron of Francina, Knight of Malta, and of the Holy Sepulchre, Grand Master.

“(Addressed) To the Knight Joseph Hownam, a Knight in the Suite of her Royal Highness, &c.”

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