Grand Master


The person elected to fill the Office of the Grand Master is the foremost personality and leader in the Order. A longstanding principle of the OSJ is that its Grand Master is primus inter pares (first among equals).

The incumbent is nominated to Office by the Bailiffs of the Order who receive nominations from the Order’s Grand Priors and Priors.

The process of obtaining recommendations from the Grand Priories and Priories involves discussions with all members within their jurisdictions in a meeting called the Chapter General. The nominations are then considered by the Sovereign Council, which accepts or rejects the nominees. It is in the Sovereign Council that the Grand Master of the Order is elected for life by a majority vote of two-thirds as specified in the Constitution of 1964.

The Office of Grand Master carries many and varied responsibilities that are specified in the Constitution. Since 1099, there have been 74 Grand Masters of the OSJ.


Grand Masters

Name Title Period
Gerard Tunc Founder 1087-1120
01 Raymond dePuy Master 1120-1158/60
02 Auger de Balben Master 1158/60-1162/3
03 Arnaud de Comps Master 1162/3
04 Gilbert d’Assailly Master 1163-1169/70
05 Gaston de Murols Master 1170-1172
06 Joubert of Syria Master 1172-1177
07 Roger de Moulins Master 1177-1187
08 Garnier de Naplous Master 1189/90-1192
09 Geoffrey de Donjon Master 1192/3-1202
10 Alphonse de Portugal Master 1202-1206
11 Geoffroy le Rat Master 1206-1207
12 Garin de Montaigu Master 1207-1227/8
13 Bertrand de Thessy Master 1228-1231
14 Guerin Lebrun Master 1231-1236
15 Bertrand de Comps Master 1236-1239/40
16 Pierre de Vieille-Brioude Master 1239/40-1242
17 Guillaume de Chateauneuf Master 1242-1258
18 Hugues de Revel Grand Master 1258-1277
19 Nicolas Lorgne Grand Master 1277/8-1284
20 Jean de Villiers Grand Master 1285-1293/4
21 Odon de Pins Grand Master 1294-1296
22 Guillaume de Villaret Grand Master 1296-1305
23 Foulques de Villaret Grand Master 1305-1319
24 Helion de Villeneuve Grand Master 1319-1346
25 Dieudonne de Gozon Grand Master 1346-1353
26 Pierre de Corneillan Grand Master 1353-1355
27 Roger de Pins Grand Master 1355-1365
28 Raymond Berenger Grand Master 1365-1374
29 Robert de Juilliac Grand Master 1374-1377
30 Jean Fernandez de Heredia Grand Master 1377-1383
31 Ricardo Caracciolo Grand Master 1383-1395
32 Philibert de Naillac Grand Master 1396-1421
33 Antoine Fluvian de la Riviere Grand Master 1421-1437
34 Jean de Lastic Grand Master 1437-1454
35 Jacques de Milly Grand Master 1454-1461
36 Pierre Raymond Zacosta Grand Master 1461-1467
37 Jean-Baptiste Orsini Grand Master 1467-1476
38 Pierre d’Aubusson, Cardinal Grand Master 1476-1503
39 Emery d’Amboise dit Chaumont Grand Master 1503-1512
40 Guy de Blanchefort Grand Master 1512-1513
41 Fabrice del Carretto Grand Master 1513-1521
42 Philippe Villiers de l’Isle-Adam Grand Master 1521-1534
43 Pierre del Ponte Grand Master 1534-1535
44 Didier de Saint-Jaille Grand Master 1535-1536
45 Jean de Homedes y Coscon Grand Master 1536-1553
46 Claude de la Sengle Grand Master 1553-1557
47 Jean Parisot de Valette Grand Master 1557-1568
48 Pietro Ciocchi del Monte San Savino Grand Master 1568-1572
49 Jean l’Evesque de la Cassiére Grand Master 1572-1582
50 Hugues Loubenx de Verdale, Cardinal Grand Master 1582-1595
51 Martin Garzes Grand Master 1595-1601
52 Alof de Wignacourt Grand Master 1601-1622
53 Luis Mendes de Vasconcellos Grand Master 1622-1623
54 Antoine de Paule Grand Master 1623-1636
55 Jean-Baptiste Lascaris de Castellar Grand Master 1636-1657
56 Martin de Redin y Cruzat Grand Master 1657-1660
57 Annet de Clermont de Chattes Gessan Grand Master 1660
58 Rafael Cotoner y de Oleza Grand Master 1660-1663
59 Nicholas Cotoner y de Oleza Grand Master 1663-1680
60 Gregorio Carafa della Roccella Grand Master 1680-1690
61 Adrien de Wignacourt Grand Master 1690-1697
62 Ramon Perellos y Rocafull Grand Master 1697-1720
63 Marcantonio Zondadari Grand Master 1720-1722
64 Antonio Manoel de Vilhena Grand Master 1722-1736
65 Ramon Despuig y Martinez de Marcilla Grand Master 1736-1741
66 Manuel Pinto de Fonseca Grand Master 1741-1773
67 Francisco Ximenez de Texada Grand Master 1773-1775
68 Emmanuel de Rohan de Polduc Grand Master 1775-1797
69 Ferdinand Von Hompesch zu Bolheim Grand Master 1797-1798
70 Paul I Emperor of Russia Grand Master 1798- 1801
Alexander I Protector 1801-1825
Bailiff Count Nicholas Soltykoff Lt Grand Master 1801-1803
Nicholas I of Russia Protector 1825-1855
Alexander II of Russia Protector 1855-1881
Alexander III of Russia Protector 1881-1894
Nicholas II of Russia Protector 1894-1917
71 Duke Alexander Mikhailovitch Grand Master 1913-1933
Colonel William Sohier Bryant Lt Grand Master 1933-1951
Baron de Engelhardt-Schellenstein Lt Grand Master 1951-1955
Count Frederick H. Graf von Zeppelin Lt Grand Master 1955-1960
Colonel Paul de Granier de Cassagnac Lt Grand Master 1960-1962
72 Colonel Paul de Granier de Cassagnac Grand Master 1962-1964
73 King Peter II of Yugoslavia Grand Master 1964-1970
Prince Serge S. Troubetzkoy Lt Grand Master 1969-1977
74 Prince Andrej of Yugoslavia Grand Master 1977-1990
Grand Commander Victor Xuereb Regency 1990-1999
Bailiff Victor Xuereb Lt Grand Master 1999-2007
Bailiff Michel Bohé Lt Grand Master 2007-2015
Bailiff Peter Gabrielsen OSJ Lt Grand Master 2015-

The office of Grand Master remained vacant after the death of Prince Andrej of Yugoslavia in 1990.

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