Annibal Dieudonné Scotti

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Annibal Dieudonné (Annibale Deodato) Scotti
(Plaisance(1), 1676 - La Granja(2), 1752)

Son of Fabio and Alessandra Vittoria Scotti and descendant of the oldest branch of the Scotti de Castelbosco(4) and Mamago

Marquis de Castelbosco of Sobrano, from Sotano, Count of San Giorgio of Miceno, Lord of Rezano, Magnano, Grand d'Spain
Grand Majordoma of the Queen of Spain ( Isabella Farnesio)
Governor of the Infant Don Louis
Parma Ambassador to Spain

Knight of the Order of the Holy Spirit (1745, named but not received)


The Marquis of Scotti was a butler of Duke Francisco Farnesio when the King of Spain, Felipe V, asked for his daughter Isabel in July 1714. He participated in the preparations for the wedding in Parma and accompanied the new queen in the Long trip to Spain. He then went to Paris, the court of Louis XIV on behalf of the Duke Francis. By declining the power of Alberoni for the intervention of him in the Wars of Italy, the Duke required Scotti's services to move to Madrid in order to convince the cardinal that he should leave Spain. The Marquis arrived at the court in October 1719 and two months later Alberoni left Spain forever. Since then Scotti replaced the cardinal in the privanza of the queen and was the trusted man who administered the secret pocket of the sovereign, hired the artists for the royal works and paid the numerous works of art that she was acquired along the Life of her.

His first occupation in Madrid, appointed by Alberoni, was as director of the theater of Peral Caños and Judge of the Comics. When in 1720 Felipe V decided to give up the crown in favor of his son Luis I and retire to the palace that was building on La Granja, the Marquis of Scotti was since then the essential Counselor of the Queen in artistic matters, the one in charge of buying pictures In Flanders and to come from Italy architects, painters and all kinds of operators for the new royal residence. The Roman artist Andrés Procaccini arrived in Madrid contracted in principle as royal portraitist, but then he dealt with the extension of the new palace and the acquisition of works of art for the Queen, always at the orders of the Marquis of Scotti. When the kings moved to Seville in 1729 Scotti followed them in all their displacements. Two years later, the covenants were reached with Austria who named the infante Carlos heir of the ducats of Parma and Plasencia. To accompany her son of only fifteen years, the queen chose her trusting man, the Marquis of Scotti, whom she named a higher stabsite(?) of the infant.

He informed the kings of the vicinity of the trip from Seville to Los Ducados. Dorotea Sofia from Neoburg received in Parma to her older grandson with great celebrations and shortly after the Marqués went to Piacenza to visit her the woman of her Teodora Chiapponi (his wife) and her children, whom he had not seen for many years. Scotti returned to Spain and the kings returned to San Ildefonso, where in August 1735 they decided to put a fourth to his little son El Infante Luis, already celebrated eight years old.

The faithful Marquis of Scotti was again required by the kings for a trusted position; He was named Ayo and Governor of the Luis Infante. Little later, he was named Cardinal Archbishop of Toledo. By dying Felipe V in July 1746, there was only Scotti as a witness to the signature of the testament. With more than seventy years he continued next to the queen of her accompanying her in the difficult circumstances of her widowhood and the death of her followed by her daughter Maria Teresa, Delfina de France. The following year he accompanied Isabel de Farnesio to her exile on La Granja, where she lived by the Luis Infante. There he continued to take care of the works of the palace that had been left without concluding. Despite the shelters of him accompanied the infant to the court, where he collected all the useful information for the queen. Before the widow's desconsuelo and the infant he died in the Real Sitio de La Granja in 1752.

A better translation from the source document held by La Real Academia de la Historia would be very welcome.

Family
Annibal Scotti was the son of Fabio and Alessandra Vittoria Scotti and descendant of the oldest branch of the Scotti de Castelbosco(4) and Mamago
He married Teodora Chiapponi, daughter of Daniele, conte Chiapponi, by whom he had a son, Fabio Scotti. From the above, it seems that he was not an only child.

Notes:
1.  Probably Piacenza, Italy
2.  Spain
3.  He is described as an Italian emigrant.
4.  The village of Castelbosco is in the municipality of Gragnano Trebbiense, in the province of Piacenza

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•  Italy portal

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