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The D'Adda family                                                                       Precedente Successiva


D’Adda’s Coat of arms


The members of the D'Adda family were rich unscrupulous merchants coming from Olginate (nowadays, Capiate is an hamlet of the municipality of Olginate). They traded in wool and fabrics especially, and managed their affairs at the limit of legality. At the beginning of the fourteenth century, when Antonio D'Adda moved to Milan at the Visconti's court, the fortune of this family grew immensely. Antonio D’Adda’s descendants had important roles in Milan. In the first half of the nineteenth century the male-lineage of that family became extinct, while a female descendent married a member of Borromeo family; in this way the Borromeo D'Adda family began.

In the fourteenth century, Obizzo’s heirs had many debts, probable effect of the expensive military campaigns against the Ghibellines. The sly D'Addas were able to take advantage of the economic difficulties of Bernareggio family. So they could buy all Bernareggio’s properties in Capiate and Villa Capiate. The purchasing dates on 12 January 1376.

In the following centuries the D’Adda managed these great possessions with their usual speculative purposes, splitting, selling, exchanging lands and properties by the convenience at the moment. In A.D. 1435 Giovanni Antonio D'Adda bequeathed the Castle of Capiate to his stepfather, the notary Giovannino Rocchi. At that time, the castle was already in bad condition. In A.D. 1674 the D’Adda sold the possession of Caromano to the Milanese Carlo Gilardi.

From the sixteenth to the seventeenth century, when the D'Adda family was feudatory of Olginate, the separation between Capiate and Villa Capiate became more evident. The medieval commune went on in Villa, while Capiate - dominated by the D'Adda - began to gravitate towards Olginate. The union between Capiate and Olginate became so strong that later, on 7 February 1632, a special act was necessary to formalize their separation, in order to allow the establishment of the new municipality of Capiate.

What testifies the ancient social groups and urban arrangements is the parish district of Villa that still nowadays includes also Capiate and Caromano villages.

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Last update: 22-05-17.