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Famous Knights Templar Members

List of Famous Knights Templar Members ranked by fame and popularity. The Knights Templar was a powerful organization comprised of a wealthy Christian membership. They rose to power during the Crusades and quickly dwindled after the Holy Land was captured by Saladin's armies. The motto of the Knights Templar was “Not to us Lord, not to us, but to Your Name give the glory.” Here is a list of some of the most famous members of the Knights Templar.

Who is the most famous Knights Templar member? Afonso I of Portugal, also known as Afonso Henriques, tops our list. Henriques went on to become the first king of Portugal and spent most of his life at war with the Moors. Geoffroi de Charney dedicated his life to the Order of Knights Templar. He was arrested by King Philip IV of France, tortured until he admitted to the crimes against him and he was eventually burned at the stake.

Hugue de Payens was a co-founder of the Knights Templar and became the groups first Grand Master. Hugue de Payens led the organization for almost twenty years. Robert de Craon succeeded Payens as Grand Master and was known to be a great legislator and organizer, though his military skills were lacking.

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    Afonso I, more commonly known as D. Afonso Henriques, nicknamed "the Conqueror", "the Founder" or "the Great" by the Portuguese, and El-Bortukali and Ibn-Arrik by the Moors whom he fought, was the first King of Portugal. He achieved the independence of the southern part of the Kingdom of Galicia, the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 76 (1109-1185)
  2. Geoffroi de Charney

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    Geoffroi de Charney, was Preceptor of Normandy for the Knights Templar. Charney was accepted into the Order of Knights Templar at a young age by Amaury de la Roche, the Preceptor of France. Present at the ceremony was brother Jean le Franceys, Preceptor of Pédenac. In 1307 de Charny was arrested, along ... more on Wikipedia
  3. Hugues de Payens

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    Hugues de Payens or Payns was the co-founder and first Grand Master of the Knights Templar. With Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, he created the Latin Rule, the code of behavior for the Order. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 66 (1070-1136)
  4. Hugues de Lionne

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    Hugues de Lionne was a French statesman. He was born in Grenoble, of an old family of Dauphiné. Early trained for diplomacy, he fell into disgrace under Cardinal Richelieu, but his remarkable abilities attracted the notice of Cardinal Mazarin, who sent him as secretary of the French embassy to the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 60 (1611-1671)
  5. Sir William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke

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    William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, also called William the Marshal, was an English soldier and statesman. Stephen Langton eulogized him as the "best knight that ever lived." He served four kings – Henry II, Richard I, John, and Henry III – and rose from obscurity to become a regent of England for ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 72 (1147-1219)
  6. André de Montbard

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    André de Montbard was the fifth Grand Master of the Knights Templar and also one of the founders of the Order. The Montbard family came from Hochadel in Burgundy, and André was an uncle of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, being a half-brother of Bernard's mother Aleth de Montbard. He entered the Order in 1129 ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 53 (1103-1156)
  7. Fulk IV, Count of Anjou

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    Fulk IV, called le Réchin, was the Count of Anjou from 1068 until his death. The nickname by which he is usually referred has no certain translation. Philologists have made numerous very different suggestions, including "quarreler", "rude", "sullen", "surly" and "heroic". more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 66 (1043-1109)
  8. Robert de Craon

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    Robert de Craon or Robert Burgundio was the second Grand Master of the Knights Templar from June 1136 until his death. He was a member of the Craon family. Robert was born around the turn of the 12th century, the youngest of the three sons of Renaud de Craon. He settled in Aquitaine and was engaged to ... more on Wikipedia
  9. Everard des Barres

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    Everard des Barres was the third Grand Master of the Knights Templar from 1147 to 1151. As Preceptor of the Templars in France from 1143, he was one of the highest dignitaries of the Order when Robert de Craon died in 1147. He was chosen to succeed Robert, and as soon as he was elected, he accompanied ... more on Wikipedia
  10. Gualdim Pais

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    Dom Gualdim Pais, a Portuguese crusader, Templar and Knight in the service of Afonso Henriques of Portugal, was the founder of the city of Tomar. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1118-1195)
  11. Thibaud Gaudin

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    Thibaud Gaudin was the Grand Master of the Knights Templar from August 1291 until his death in April 1292. The history of Thibaud Gaudin within the Order is rather mysterious. Born to a noble family in the area of Chartres or Blois, France, he entered the Knights Templar well before 1260, because on ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 63 (1229-1292)
  12. Robert de Sablé

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    Robert de Sable was the eleventh Grand Master of the Knights Templar from 1191 to 1193 and Lord of Cyprus from 1191 to 1192. more on Wikipedia
  13. Renaud de Vichiers

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    Renaud de Vichiers was the 19th Grand Master of the Knights Templar from 1250 to 1256. He joined the Knights Templar and was appointed Preceptor of Saint-Jean-d'Acre in 1240 and Master of France from 1242 to 1249. He was a supporter and comrade-in-arms of Louis IX of France, who helped him be elected ... more on Wikipedia
  14. Hugh de Paduinan

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    Sir Hugh de Paduinan was a Scoto-Norman baron, Knight Templar and progenitor of the Clan Houston. Both Sir Hugh's given name and surname are subject to a number of different spellings: Hugh or Hugo and Paduinan, Padinan and Padvinan. Sir Hugh was granted lands in the historic county of Renfrewshire and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 49 (1140-1189)
  15. Guillaume de Beaujeu

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    Guillaume de Beaujeu, aka William of Beaujeu, was the 21st Grand Master of the Knights Templar, from 1273 until his death during the siege of Acre in 1291. He was the last Grand Master to preside in Palestine. During his tenure the new Mamluk Sultan, Qalawun, easily conquered in 1289 the County of ... more on Wikipedia
  16. Thomas Bérard

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    Thomas Bérard was the 20th Grand Master of the Knights Templar, from 1256 to 1273. He wrote several letters to the King Henry III of England describing miserable situation in the Holy Land. He initiated cooperation with other two military orders since there had been much rivalry among them before. This ... more on Wikipedia
  17. Gerard de Ridefort

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    Gerard of Ridefort was Grand Master of the Knights Templar from the end of 1184 until his death in 1189. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 48 (1141-1189)
  18. William de Ferrers, 3rd Earl of Derby

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    William I de Ferrers, 3rd Earl of Derby was a 12th-century English Earl who resided in Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire and was head of a family which controlled a large part of Derbyshire known as Duffield Frith. He was also a Knight Templar. William was the son of Robert de Ferrers, 2nd Earl of Derby ... more on Wikipedia
  19. Gilbert de Lacy

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    Gilbert de Lacy was a medieval Anglo-Norman baron in England, the grandson of Walter de Lacy who died in 1085. Gilbert's father forfeited his English lands in 1096, and Gilbert initially only inherited the lands in Normandy. The younger de Lacy spent much of his life trying to recover his father's ... more on Wikipedia
  20. Hugues de Pairaud

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    Hugues de Pairaud was one of the leaders of the Knights Templar. He and Geoffroi de Gonneville were sentenced to life imprisonment on March 18, 1314. They were spared the fate of Jacques de Molay and Geoffroi de Charney, who were both burned at the stake, because they accepted their sentence in ... more on Wikipedia
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