Didier de Saint-Jaille

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Didier de Saint-Jaille
SMOM 46. GM Didier de Saint-Jaille Stich.jpg
Grand Master of the Order of Saint John
In office
22 November 1535 – 26 September 1536
Monarch King Charles II
Preceded by Piero del Ponte
Succeeded by Juan de Homedes y Coscon
Personal details
Born unknown
France
Died 26 September 1536
Montpellier, France
Resting place Montpellier
Nationality French
Military service
Allegiance Sovereign Military Order of Malta Order of Saint John

Fra' Didier de Saint-Jaille (died 1536) was the 46th Grand Master of the Order of Saint John between 1535 and 1536.

De Saint-Jaille was a French nobleman who joined the Knights Hospitaller as part of the Langue of France. He was particularly known for his great prudence, and was elected as Grandmaster following Piero de Ponte's death. At the time he was in France, and so made preparations to go to Malta. However, he fell ill at Montpellier and died before he made it to the island on 26 September 1536.

He was the only Grand Master of Malta who did not die and was not buried in Malta, apart from Ferdinand von Hompesch zu Bolheim, who left the islands with the Order's expulsion in 1798. Co-incidentally, both Didier de Saint-Jaille and Hompesch are buried in Montpellier.

While he was away from Malta, the knight Jacques Pelliquen acted as Lieutenant Grandmaster, and during his rule Maltese and Calabrian soldiers destroyed El Haid Tower which was close to Tripoli (then a possession of the Order).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Didier De Saint Jaille : 1535-1536". The Knights of Malta. San Andrea School. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
Preceded by
Piero de Ponte
Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller
1535–1536
Succeeded by
Juan de Homedes y Coscon