Ramon Despuig

Ramon Despuig
Grand Master of the Order of Saint John
In office
16 December 1736  15 January 1741
Monarch King Charles V
Preceded by António Manoel de Vilhena
Succeeded by Manuel Pinto da Fonseca
Personal details
Born 1670
Majorca, Aragon (modern Spain)
Died 15 January 1741
Resting place St. John's Co-Cathedral
Nationality Spanish
Military service
Allegiance Sovereign Military Order of Malta Order of Saint John

Fra' Ramon Despuig (Catalan pronunciation: [rəˈmon dəsˈputʃ]) (Majorca, 1670 – Malta, 1741) was the 67th Prince and Grand Master of the Order of Malta. He was elected to the position in 1736 and served for 5 years until his death. He was succeeded by Manuel Pinto da Fonseca. During his reign, the legislation of the small state was renewed and the Cathedral of St. John in Valletta was reformed. Several vessels of the Algerian Navy were also captured by the Order's galleys during his reign.[1]

Despuig Bastion, which is part of the fortifications of Mdina, was built between 1739 and 1746 and was named after the Grand Master.[2]


  1. "Ramon Despuig y Martinez de Marcilla". smom-za.org. 2006. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. "Despuig Bastion – Mdina" (PDF). National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
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Preceded by
António Manoel de Vilhena
Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller
Succeeded by
Manuel Pinto da Fonseca

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