A ‘Tita’ Timeline

For those of you with the inclination to know, here is a brief life timeline for Tita Falcieri which I hope goes some way to explaining why he has been such a big project and a source of inspiration for my work. Additions will be made to this as and when new items are discovered. It does not contain all his timeline events. You can read my book for the full story.

Below is a visual list of the principle ‘bosses’ whom Tita served during his lifetime.

From left to right: Lewis – Byron – Percy & Mary Shelley – Hobhouse – Clay – Disraeli – D’Israeli

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8 May 1798 – Born Venice

June/July 1817 – Begins work as valet to Matthew Gregory Lewis

12 August 1817 – Tita & Lewis leave Venice and travel through Europe to England

October 1817 – Arrive in England

November 1817 – Leave for Jamaica

January 1818 – Arrive in Jamaica

4 May 1818 – Leave Jamaica and head back to England

14 May 1818 – Lewis dies at sea

May 1818 – Byron arrives moves into the Palazzo Mocenigo on the Grand Canal

June – Tita leaves England and heads back to Venice

August 1818 – Tita arrives in Venice, starts working for Lord Byron

August 1818 – Tita meets Percy Shelley for the first time

June 1820 – Byron’s entourage leaves Venice for good and moves to Ravenna

22 June 1821 – Tita’s first recorded arrest (Pistocchi) – 3 days in prison

August 1821 – Tita acts as Shelley’s valet whilst he is in Ravenna with Byron

October 1821 – Byron’s household moves to Casa Lanfranchi, Pisa

January 1822 – Plans are made for the building of the Bolivar and Ariel/Don Juan

24 March 1822 – The infamous ‘Masi’ affair

28 March 1822 – Tita arrested again and imprisoned at the Bargello Prison, Florence

Early May 1822 – Tita is exiled and removed from Bargello Prison

3 May 1822 – Tita arrives at Casa Magni, Spezia where he works for Mary & Percy Shelley

8 July 1822 – Shelley, Edward Williams and Charles Vivian drown at Lerici

12 July 1822 – Shelley’s body is recovered on the beach at Viareggio

15/16 August 1822 – Cremations on the beach. Tita reunited with Byron

September 1822 – Byrons’ household moves to Casa Saluzzo, Genoa

January 1823 – Preparations begin for Greece

April 1823 – Count D’Orsay makes his famous sketch of Byron

24 July 1823 – Byron & entourage head to Greece on the ‘Hercules’

3 August 1823 – They dock at Argostoli

29 December 1823 – They leave for Missolonghi

January 1824 – Tita’s boat taken by a Turkish ship but they make a lucky escape!

5 January 1824 – They arrive at Missolonghi & room at the house of Apostoli Kapsali

22 April 1824 – At 6pm Byron dies at Missolongi

25 May 1824 – Byron’s body & household head to England on the brig ‘Florida’ via Zante

29 June 1824 – The Florida arrives in England and is quarantined at the Nore, Sheerness

5 July 1824 – The Florida docks in London

10 July 1824 – Cortege leaves London – stops at Welwyn, Higham Ferrars and Oakham

14 July 1824 – Arrives Nottingham

16 July 1824 – Byron buried at St Mary Magdalene Church, Hucknall

August 1824 – Tita works as valet for John Cam Hobhouse – London and Whitton Park

5 August 1825 – Tita leaves Hobhouse goes back to fight in the Greek War

June 1829 – Tita back in London

June 1829 – Tita starts work as valet to James Clay – off on the Grand Tour

July 1830 – In Malta

August 1830 – They meet Benjamin Disraeli and William Meredith

September 1830 – All board the yacht ‘Susan’ and head to Greece

12 March 1831 – Arrive in Egypt

19 July 1831 – William Meredith dies in Cairo – everyone back to Malta

August 1831 – Benjamin Disraeli leaves Malta and heads home to England

December 1831 – Tita and Clay arrive in Venice

February 1832 – Clay makes plans to head back to England. Tita goes with him

June 1832 – Tita and Clay back in London

July 1832 – Tita leaves Clay’s service. Approaches Benjamin Disraeli about a job.

August 1832 – Tita starts as valet to Isaac D’Israeli at Bradenham Manor, Buckinghamshire

December 1839 – William Fletcher dies

April 1847 – Maria D’Israeli (Isaac’s wife) dies at Bradenham Manor

May 1847 – Tita and Sarah’s son born (probably at Bradenham Manor)

June 1847 – Lega Zambelli dies in London

January 1848 – Isaac D’Israeli dies at Bradenham Manor

1 March 1848 – Tita moves to London. Resides with the Disraelis

7 March 1848 – Begins as messenger at the Board of Control

August 1848 – Sarah Disraeli leaves Bradenham. Sarah Harvey sent to Hughenden Manor

10 October 1848 – Tita announces he is marrying Sarah Harvey

27 January 1849 – Tita and Sarah Harvey married

1858 – The Board of Control becomes the India Office

19 December 1859 – Sarah Disraeli dies

3 June 1869 – John Cam Hobhouse dies

23 December 1874 – Tita dies. Buried at Kensal Green Cemetery 29th December

10 March 1877 – Sarah Falcieri dies. Buried at Kensal Green Cemetery

 

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