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Ordre de la Toison d'Or - Order of the Golden Fleece

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Officers of the Order

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The Order of the Golden Fleece was (and is) run by a formal 'administration'. This is comprised of the four following functions (in order of importance):

  • The Chancellor (le Chancellier) - Usually a high-ranking cleric. He holds the 'common seal' of the order and presides over the selection and election of candidate knights. He also edits the Order's accounts and acts as a spokesman for the Grand Master during his absence.
  • The Treasurer (le Trésorier) - The Treasurer controls the funds of the Order, and holds and supervises all records related to its privileges - including the Order's treasures and archives (jewels, vestments, library, art, mantles...)
  • The Registrar (le Greffier) - The Registrar keeps the Order's statutes and documentary records. This includes the proceedings of the Chapters and elections, as well as the "laudable and honorable" deeds of the Knights.
  • The King-of-Arms (le Roi d'Armes) - This function is responsible for collecting information concerning the deeds of the knights and, as chief heraldic officer, examines their proof of nobility and arms (this function has been abandoned in the Spanish branch, since 1931).

The Austrian branch has an additional function, the Almoner - a bishop who assists the Chancellor.

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Note: The information is captured from old manuscripts in French. When we have identified an Officer on Geni, we will have scrutinized his name and titles function of his genealogical and geographical origins. This is highlighted in bold blue, which links directly to the Officer's Geni profile. The other profiles are a work-in-progress.

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Sources

  • La Toison d'Or, Receuil, Köln, Pierre Sweitzer,1689 (view it here)
  • Histoire de l'Ordre de la Toison d'Or, Baron Friedrich von Reiffenberg, Brussels, 1830 (view it here)

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Chancellors (Chanceliers)

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1430-1689

  • 1430-1460 : Jean Germain, évêque de Châlon (-1460)
  • 1460-1475 : Guillaume Fillastre, évêque de Tulles (-1475)
  • 1475-1483 : Ferry de Clugny, cardinal, évêque de Tournai (c1430-1483)
  • 14xx-1491 : Jean de Lannoy, abbé de Saint Bertin (-1492)
  • 1492-1502 : Henri de Glymes, évêque de Cambrai (1449-1502)
  • 1504-1529 : Philibert Naturelli, provoost van Utrecht (-1529)
  • 1530-1531 : Joannes Scotus (dit Jean de l'Escot), prieur de Bois Seigneur Isaac (Nivelles) (c1465-1531)
  • 1531-1562 : Philippe Nigri, provoost van Sint Pharailde te Gent (-1562)
  • 1563-1577 : Viglius ab Aytta Zuichemus (1507-1577)
  • 1581-1585 : Johannes Fonck, proost van Sint Maria te Utrecht (c1525-1585)
  • 1588-1595 : Jan Karel Schetz, chanoine de l'église cathédrale de Liège (1552-1595)
  • 1599-1621 : Antoine del Valle, pronotaire apostolique (-1622)
  • 1621-1622 : Robert de Sceilder, chanoine de Cambray (-1622)
  • 1623-1635 : Johan Lodewijk van der Loo, chanoine de Sainte Gudule à Bruxelles (-1635)
  • 1648-167x : Jules Chifflet, chanoine de Besançon (-167x)

1689-Now

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Current

  • Spanish Branch: xxx
  • Austrian Branch: Ernst, Graf von Abensperg-Traun

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Treasurers (Trésoriers)

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1430-1689

1689-Now

Spanish Branch

Austrian Branch

  • Claude François de Humyn, vicomte de Saint Albert (-died October 3, 1735)

Current

  • Spanish Branch: xxx
  • Austrian Branch: Wolf Gordian, Baron von Hauser

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Registrars (Greffiers)

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1430-1689

  • 1430-1461 : Jean Hibert, audiencier de Philippe de Bourgogne
  • 1461-1468 : Martin Steenberch, deken van Sint Goedele, Brussel (Dean) (-1491)
  • 1468-1492 : Charles Soillot, deken van Middelburg
  • 1493-1493 : Christophle Mertens (-1493)
  • 1494-1496 : Louis Brun
  • 1496-1542 : Laurent du Blioul, seigneur de Sart (-1542)
  • 1542-1561 : Nicolaas Nicolai Grudius (1504-c1572)
  • 1561-1572 : Josse de Cortewille (-1572)
  • 1581-1599 : François le Vasseur, seigneur de Moriensart (-1603)
  • 1599-1620 : Antoine Bolle de Pintaflour (-1620)
  • 1621-1645 : Mathieu Rosmarin, chapelain de Bourgogne (-1645)
  • 1646-1673 : Balthasar Molinet, baron de Molinet (-c1688)
  • 1673-1679 : Julien Balthasar Molinet (-1679)
  • 1679-1xxx : Adriain Molinet

1689-Now

Next

Current

  • Spanish Branch: xxx
  • Austrian Branch: Alexander, Graf von Pacxhta-Reyhofen

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Kings-of-Arms (Rois d'Armes)

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1430-1689

  • 1630-1463 : Jean Le Febure, seigneur de Saint Remy (-1468)
  • 1463-1474 : George Chastelain (c1415-1475)
  • 1474-1492 : Gilles Gobet (-1492)
  • 1493-1539 : Thomas Isaacq (-1539)
  • 1540-1546 : François de Bourgogne, seigneur de Fallais, heer van Nieuwerve (-c1563)
  • 1549-1559 : Antoine de Beaulaincourt, seigneur de Beaulincourt (-1559)
  • 1561-1561 : Nicolas de Hames (c1528-1568)
  • 1581-1587 : Claude Marion
  • 1587-1611 : François Damant (-1611)
  • 1612-1635 : Jean Hervart, heer van Zuderhove (-1635)
  • 1635-1663 : Joseph Antoine Hervart, heer van Zuderhove
  • 1663-1680 : Jean Hervart (-1680)
  • 1680-1xxxx : N.N. Muñoz (petit-fils de Jean Heruart)

1689-Now

Next

Current

  • Spanish Branch: xxx
  • Austrian Branch: Franz, Graf Czernin zu Chudenitz

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Almoner (Aumonier) - Spanish branch only

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Current

  • Christoph von Schönborn, Kardinal und Erzbischof von Wien