Andrew Bertie

Fra ' Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie ( born May 15, 1929 in London, † February 7, 2008 in Rome) was 8 April 1988 until his death in the 78th Grand Master of the Order of Malta.

His full title was " His Most Eminent Highness Fra ' Andrew Bertie, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta ".


Bertie came from English - Scottish nobility. His grandfather was Montagu Arthur Bertie, 7th Earl of Abingdon ( 1836-1928 ). Bertie's father, James Willoughby (1901-1966) took as an officer of the Royal Navy participated in two world wars, his mother was Lady Jean Crichton - Stuart (1908-1995), youngest daughter of the 4th Marquess of Bute.

Early years

School and studied at Ampleforth College Bertie at the Benedictine in York and at Christ Church College in Oxford, where he earned a doctorate in " modern history ". Further studies in African and oriental studies led him to the University of London. His military service he served in the Scots Guards from 1948 to 1950, from 1949 as an officer. He initially worked as a business journalist and then 23 years as a teacher of modern languages ​​( especially French and Spanish) at Worth School, the Lyceum of the Benedictines in Sussex; Bertie ruled, inter alia, five languages ​​and had a black belt in judo.

Religious Life

In 1956 he was admitted to the Sovereign Order of Malta in 1981 and laid the perpetual vows. He was professed knights and monks within the meaning of Canon Law. In the same year he was elected to the Sovereign Council of the Order ( "Order of Government"). Since April 8, 1988, finally, he was the first Briton in the history of the Order of Malta Grand Master.

As Grand Master Bertie operation especially the expansion of humanitarian projects of the Order and continued the modernization of the inner structures of the Order begun by his predecessor Angelo de Mojana di Cologna. During his tenure, the number of members of the Order doubled the number of countries with which the Order is in diplomatic relations, from 49 to 100 also rose.

Honors and Awards

  • Grand Cross of the freedom fighters of 1956 the World Federation of Hungarian Freedom Fighters
  • 1986 Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
  • 1988 Order of Constantine
  • 1988 Annunziaten Medal
  • 1988 Grand Cross of the Order of hl. Mauritius and Lazarus
  • 1989 Great Cross of the Legion of Honor
  • 1989 Great Cross of the Order of the White Eagle
  • 1990 Collar of the Order of the Liberator San Martin
  • 1990 Collar of the Order of the Southern Cross
  • 1990 Collar of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique
  • 1990 Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
  • 1991 Great Star of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria
  • 1992 special stage of the Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 1993 Order of the Golden Fleece
  • 1993 Januariusorden
  • 1994 Order of Saint Andrew the First-
  • 1994 Alexander Nevsky Order
  • 1994 Great Cross of the Order of Saint Anne
  • 1994 Great Cross of the Order of Saint Stanislaus
  • 1995: Order of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia in Gold
  • 1995 National Order of Merit
  • 1997 Great Cross of the Order of St. Charles
  • 1997 Order of the White Double Cross 1st class, Slovakia
  • 1999 Collar of the Order of Pius Pontifical
  • 1999 Collar of the Order de Isabel la Católica
  • 1999 Order of Vytautas the Great
  • 2000 St. Louis Medal
  • 2002 Grand Cross with Collar of the Star of Romania
  • 2002 Collar of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
  • 2006 Collar of the Order Danilo I.
  • 2007 Great Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland
  • Other orders from other countries
  • Honorary doctorates: of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Bologna ( 1992)
  • Jurisprudence at the University of Malta ( 1993)
  • For Humanistic Studies at the University of Santo Domingo ( 1995)
  • For Humanistic Studies of the Universidad Catolica Boliviana San Pablo, Bolivia (2002)
  • The rights of St. John University Minnesota ( 2003)

Furthermore, Bertie was an honorary citizen of Rapallo ( 1992), Veroli (1993 ), Lourdes (1999), Magione (2002), Vittoriosa (2003) and Santa Severina ( 2003). In 2002 he was appointed to Bolivia to Huesped Ilustre (La Paz, El Alto and Santa Cruz ). He received the Path to Peace Prize ( in 2005) and Matteo Ricci Award ( 2006).