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The Teutonic Order - Bailiwick of Utrecht 
Ridderlijke Duitsche Orde - Balije van Utrecht

Following the loss of Prussia and the transfer of the Grand Magistery of
the Order to Mergentheim, the majority of members of the Order in the
Netherlands were converted to the Lutheran faith. In 1580 the members of
the Bailiwick of Utrecht, composed of several Dutch commanderies, rejected
the jurisdiction of Mergentheim. Now autonomous, the knights placed
themselves under the protection of the United Provinces of the Netherlands
in 1637, continuing to function as an hospitaller Order but without its
Catholic character. The suppression of the Order in the territories of the
Confederation of the Rhine in 1809 was followed by the abolition of the
Order and the confiscation of its estates in the Kingdom of Holland by
command of the French occupying forces on 27 February 1811.

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The return of the House of Orange and the institution of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands under the former Stadtholder, Prince William of Nassau, prompted
the revival of the Bailiwick as a Dutch Royal Order, effected by Royal Decree
of 8 August 1815. Membership of the Bailiwick was limited to Lutheran noblemen
who, until recently, were required to prove sixteen noble quarterings. This
requirement has been reduced more recently to proof of four noble grandparents,
of which the nobility of the families of the paternal and maternal line must
precede 1795. Most members are admitted as Edel-expectanten without any insignia,
becoming Ridder-expectant at the age of twenty-one. On reaching the age of thirty
they are eligible for membership of the Chapter, representing each of the ten
Commanderies of the Order. The admission of German nationals was forbidden after
1938 and all remaining German knights were expelled in 1945. The head of the
Bailiwick is the landcommandeur, who serves with a coadjutor, while there are ten
commanders, a first "chapter knight", second "chapter knight", eight Ridders-
Expectant and eleven Edel-Expectanten. The badge of the Order is almost identical
to that of the Knights of Honour of the Catholic Order and is suspended from a
plain black ribbon, the knights also wears a breast badge. His Imperial Highness
Prince Karl Friedrich of Germany, as the present 60th Chivalric Hochmeister
of the Teutonic Order, still holds, bears, and enjoys the full rights, concerning
the control of the Bailiwick of Utrecht therein and thereon since 1637.

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The present Landcommander is P.A. baron van der Borch tot Verwolde (elected in 1977),
the Coadjutor Landcommander is Mr. A. baron van Harinxma thoe Slooten (also elected
in 1977). The Commanders are Count W.C. van Rechteren-Limburg (Dieren 1973), A. baron
van Harinxma thoe Slooten (Maasland 1977), Jonkheer Mr R.E.W. van Weede (Tiel 1977),
Count A.R.E.L. van Rechteren-Limburg (Rhine 1984), Mr. L.R.J. ridder van Rappard
(Leiden en Katwijk 1984), Mr F.L.S.F. baron van Tuyll van Serooskerken (Schoten 1984),
R.M. ridder van Rappard (Doesburg 1984), J.A. baron de Smeth (Schelluinen 1984), C.G.
baron van Boetzelaer (Middelburg 1984), and Jonkheer J.D.C. van Weede (Schoonhoven
1984). There are thirty-three members of the Order.

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The Landcommanders of Bailiwick of Utrecht

(1) Antonius van Printhagen , 1231-66.

(2) Dierik van der Horst (also in Biesen) , 1274-89.

(3) Seger van der Sluse van Huesde , 1279.

(4) Gijsbert van den Goye , 1286.

(5) Ludolf van Bun , 1288.

(6) Dierik G. v. Holland (also Biesen & Koblenz) , 1289-1317.

(7) Gisbert van Drongelen van Neisteijn , 1325.

(8) Johan van Hoenhorst (also in Biesen) , 1325-1340.

(9) Gosen van Garmaer , 1336-1357.

(10) Rutger van Vriemersheim (also in Biesen) , 1353-1358.

(11) Renier Hoen van Hoensbroek (also Biesen) , 1358-1371.

(12) Lodewijk van Keuswaelre , 1360.

(13) Rutger van Vlimerschen , 1365.

(14) Hendrick van Alckemade , 1375.

(15) Hendrik van Hoenhorst , 1379.

(16) Gerrit Splinter van den Enge , 1405.

(17) Hernier van Opburen , 1407.

(18) Johan van den Sande , 1411-1437.

(19) Herman van Keppel , 1422-1442.

(20) Sweden Cubbinck , 1440.

(21) Albert Vorst , 1440-1452.

(22) Dirk van Enghuizen , 1444-1463.

(23) Johan van Hoeften , 1455-1463.

(24) Nicolaas van der Dussen , 1463-1466.

(25) Hendrik van Hackfort , 1467-1468.

(26) Johan van Drongelen , 1469-1492.

(27) Gozen van Rossum , 1492-1496.

(28) Steven van Zuylen van Nijevelt , 1496-1527.

(29) Wouter van Amstel van Mynden , 1527-1536.

(30) Albert van Egmond van Meresteyn , 1536-1560.

(31) Frans van der Loe , 1560-1579.

(32) Jacob Taets van Amerongen , 1579-1612.

(33) Diederik van Bloys van Treslong , 1612-1619.

(34) Jasper van Lynden , 1619-1620.

(35) Hendrik Casimir I van Nassau-Dietz , 1620-1640.

(36) Willem Frederik van Nassau-Dietz , 1641-1664.

(37) Floris Borre van Amerongen , 1664-1675.

(38) Heinrich von Solms , 1675-1693.

(39) Hendrik Casimir II van Nassau-Dietz , 1693-1696.

(40) Godard van Reede van Athlone , 1697-1703.

(41) Frederik Borre van Amerongen , 1703-1722.

(42) Willem van Lintelo , 1723-1732.

(43) Evert Jan Benjamin van Goltstein , 1732-1744.

(44) Lucas Willem van Broekhuizen , 1744-1748.

(45) Hendrik van Iselmuden , 1748-1751.

(46) Frederik Willem Torck , 1753-1761.

(47) Unico Willem van Wasenaer , 1763-1766.

(48) Frans Steven Carel van Randwijck , 1766-1785.

(49) Karl Ludwig von Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg , 1786-1806.

(50) Jan Walraad van Welderen , 1806-1807.

(51) Arend van Raesfelt van Elsen , 1807.

(52) Volker Rudolf Bentinck van Schoonheeten , 1807-1820.

(53) Adriaan Wolter Willem Sloet van Sinderen , 1820-1824.

(54) Godert Willem de Vos van Steenwijk , 1824-1830.

(55) Rudolph Hendrik van Iselmuden , 1831-1834.

(56) Floris Willem Sloet tot Warmelo , 1834-1838.

(57) Albert Carel Snouckaert van Schauburg , 1838-1841.

(58) Carl Wilhelm Georg Johan Theodor Bodelschwingh-Plettenberg , 1841-1850.

(59) Otto Anna van Bylant , 1850-1857.

(60) Boudewijn Reynt Wouter Sloet van Hagendorp , 1857-1863.

(61) Frederik Louis Wilhelm van Brakell , 1863-1865.

(62) Hendrik Rudolph Willem van Goltstein van Oldenaller , 1865-1868.

(63) Alexander Carel Jacob Schimmelpenninck van der Oye , 1868-1877.

(64) Jan Derk van Rechteren van Ahnen , 1877-1886.

(65) François Maximiliaan van der Duyn , 1886-1889.
Otto van Dedem , 1889-1894.

(66) Reinhard Jan Christiaan van Pallandt van Rosendael , 1894-1899.

(67) Emilius Johan van Pallandt , 1899-1914.

(68) Alexander Schimmelpenninck van der Oye , 1914-1918.

(69) Anne Willem Jacob Joost van Nagell , 1918-1936.

(70) Otto Jacob Eiffelanus van Wassenaer van Catwijck , 1936-1939.

(71) Karel Gerrit Willem van Wassenaer , 1939-1946.

(72) Frand Johan Julius van Heemstra , 1946-1958.

(73) Bernhard Frederik van Verschuer , 1958-1971.

(74) Hendrik Jan van Nagell , 1971-1977.

(75) Paul Anthony van der Borch , 1977-