List of Grand Pensionaries

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The following is a list of Grand Pensionaries of Holland, Zeeland and the Batavian Republic. During the time of the Dutch Republic, the Grand Pensionary was the most prominent member of the government. Though officially only a civil servant of the Estates, the Grand Pensionary was the de facto leader of the entire republic, second only to the stadtholder, and often served in a capacity similar to that of today's prime ministers.

Holland[edit]

In the Seventeen Provinces[edit]

Grand Pensionaries of the province of Holland during the time of the Seventeen Provinces:

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office
Barthout van Assendelft
(ca. 1440–1502)
1480 1489
Jan Bouwensz
(ca. 1452–1514)
1489 1494
Barthout van Assendelft
(ca. 1440–1502)
1494 1497
Frans Coebel van der Loo
(ca. 1470–1532)
1500 1513
Albrecht van Loo
(ca. 1470–1532)
1513 1524
AertVanDerGoes.jpg Aert van der Goes
(1475–1545)
May
1525
January
1544
AdriaenvanderGoes.jpg Adriaen van der Goes
(ca. 1505-1560)
30 January
1544
5 November
1560
Jacob van den Eynde
(ca. 1515-1570)
1560 1568

In the Dutch Republic[edit]

Holland formally adopted the Act of Abjuration in 1581 to become a province in the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. Grand Pensionaries of the province of Holland during the time of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands:

  Unknown/neutral
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office
Buys.jpg Paulus Buys
(1531–1594)
1572 16 March
1584
Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt - Johan van Oldenbarnevelt.jpg Johan van Oldenbarnevelt
(1547–1619)
16 March
1586
12 May
1619
Andries de Witt
(1573–1637)
12 May
1619
1621
Anthonie Duyck
(1560–1629)
1621 1629
Jacob Cats by Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt.jpg Jacob Cats
(1577–1660)
1629 1631
Adriaan Pauw, by Michel van Lochom.jpg Adriaan Pauw
(1585–1653)
1631 1636
Jacob Cats by Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt.jpg Jacob Cats
(1577–1660)
1636 1651
Adriaan Pauw, by Michel van Lochom.jpg Adriaan Pauw
(1585–1653)
1651 30 July
1653
Johan de Witt (1625-1675), Grand Pensionary of Holland, by Studio of Adriaen Hanneman.jpg Johan de Witt
(1625–1672)
30 July
1653
4 August
1672
Gaspar Fagel.jpg Gaspar Fagel
(1634–1688)
20 August
1672
5 December
1688
TenHove.jpg Michiel ten Hove
(1640–1689)
5 December
1688
24 March
1689
Anthonie Heinsius.JPG Anthonie Heinsius
(1641–1720)
27 May
1689
3 August
1720
Hoornbeek.jpg Isaac van Hoornbeek
(1655–1727)
12 September
1720
17 June
1727
Simon van Slingelandt (1664-1736).jpg Simon van Slingelandt
(1664–1736)
17 July
1727
1 December
1736
Anthonie van der Heim
(1693–1746)
4 April
1737
7 July
1746
Willem Buys.jpg Willem Buys
(1661–1749)
7 July
1746
23 September
1746
JacobGilles.jpg Jacob Gilles
(1691–1765)
23 September
1747
18 June
1749
Pieter Steyn
(1706–1772)
18 June
1749
5 November
1772
Pieter van Bleiswijk
(1724–1790)
18 June
1772
5 November
1787
LPvdSpiegel.jpg Laurens Pieter van de Spiegel
(1736–1800)
9 November
1787
9 February
1795

Zeeland[edit]

Grand Pensionaries of the province of Zeeland during the time of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands:

  Unknown/neutral
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office
Christoffel Roels 1578 1597
Johan van de Warck 1599 1614
Bonifacius de Jonge 1615 1625
Johan Boreel 1625 1629
Boudewijn de Witte 1630 1641
Cornelis Adriaansz. Stavenisse 1641 1649
DeBrune.gif Johan de Brune
(1588–1658)
1649 1658
Adriaan Veth 1658 1663
Pieterdehuybert.jpg Pieter de Huybert 1664 1687
Jacob Verheije
(1640–1718)
1687 1718
Caspar van Citters.jpg Caspar van Citters
(1674–1734)
1718 1734
Johan Pieter Recxstoot 1751 1756
Jacob du Bon 1757 1760
Wilhem van Citters (1723-1802).jpg Wilhem van Citters
(1723–1802)
1760 1766
Adriaan Steengracht 1766 1770
Johan Marinus Chalmers 1770 1785
LPvdSpiegel.jpg Laurens Pieter van de Spiegel
(1736–1800)
1785 1787
Willem Arnoud van Citters (1741-1811).jpg Willem Aarnoud van Citters
(1741–1811)
1788 1795

Batavian Republic[edit]

Grand Pensionaries of the Batavian Republic:

Picture Person Period Party
Schimmelpenninck.jpg Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck 1805-1806 Moderate
Carel de Vos van Steenwijk (1759-1830) 2.jpg Carel de Vos van Steenwijk 1806 Federalist