Hugues de Payens

Hugues de Payens
Baldwin II ceeding the Temple of Salomon to Hugues de Payens and Gaudefroy de Saint-Homer.jpg
King Baldwin II of Jerusalem ceding the Temple to Hugues de Payens and Godfrey de Saint-Omer
Bornc. 1070
Died24 May 1136 (aged 66)
Other namesHugo de Paganis
Ugo de' Pagani
Known forFirst Grand Master of the
Knights Templar

Hugues de Payens or Payns (c. 1070 – 24 May 1136) was the co-founder and first Grand Master of the Knights Templar. In association with Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, he created the Latin Rule, the code of behavior for the Order.


The majority of the primary sources of information for his life are presented in Latin or the medieval French language. In French his name usually appears as Hugues de Payens or Payns (French pronunciation: ​[yɡ də pɛ̃]). His earliest certain appearance in documents is under the part-Latin, part-French name Hugo de Peans (1120–1125; details below). Later Latin sources call him Hugo de Paganis. In English works he often appears as Hugh de Payns, in Italian sometimes as Ugo de' Pagani'.

Other Languages
العربية: هيوجز دي بانز
български: Юг дьо Пайен
brezhoneg: Hugues de Payns
čeština: Hugues de Payens
Ελληνικά: Ούγος ντε Παιν
español: Hugo de Payns
Esperanto: Hugo de Payns
français: Hugues de Payns
hrvatski: Hugo de Payens
Bahasa Indonesia: Hugues de Payens
italiano: Hugues de Payns
latviešu: Hugo de Peins
македонски: Иг де Пајен
Nederlands: Hugo van Payns
português: Hugo de Payens
română: Hugo de Payens
русский: Гуго де Пейн
slovenčina: Hugues de Payens
српски / srpski: Ig de Pejen
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Hugues de Payens
українська: Гуго де Пейн