1x1.trans Notable Members of the Bavarian Illuminati

1x1.trans Notable Members of the Bavarian Illuminati


Notable Members of the Bavarian Illuminati


Adam Weishaupt

Nom de Guerre: Spartacus

Adolph Knigge

Nom de Guerre: Philo

Franz Xaver Zwack

Nom de Guerre: Cato
Zwack studied law under Weishaupt at Ingolstadt University. He was initiated in its first month and was invited to the Areopagite in 1778. His residence at Landshut was raided by the police on Oct 11, 1786. (see p. 38-39)

Baron Bassus

Nom de Guerre: Hannibal
The Baron was a great recruiter for the Illuminati. Joins the Illuminati in 1778 and made an Areopagite in 1789. His castle at Sandersdorf was raided by the Bavarian police on Oct 16, 1786 . (see p.40-41)

Johann Bode

Nom de Guerre: Aemilius
Bode was a skillful recruiter and one of the most enthusiastic Illuminatus. He became head of the Illuminati following Weishaupt’s flight to Gotha. Later involved with the German Union.


Christoph Friedrich Nicolai

Nom de Guerre: Lucianus
A central figure of German Enlightment, Nicolai was a publisher, editor and author. He edited the highly influential Allgemeine deutsche Bibliothek. Nicolai was an Illuminati Regent and made a Prefect scotch Master.

Johann Goethe

Nom de Guerre: Abaris The famous author of Faust joined the Illuminati in 1783 and was made a Regent in 1784. He was initially excited by the Order, but his enthusiasm waned as revealed in The Grand Kofta.

Johann Gottfried Herder

Nom de Guerre: Damasus Pontifex
Influential German philosopher and poet. He became a Freemason in 1766 and joined the Illuminati in 1783. He was made an Illuminati Priest in 1784.


Ernest II Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

Nom de Guerre: Timoleon
A direct ancestor of Queen Elizabeth II, the duke became a freemason in 1774. He joined the Illuminati in 1783 and protected Weishaupt after his exile from Bavaria.

Prince Karl August of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

Nom de Guerre: Walter Fürst
Younger brother of Ernest II, the prince was initiated into the Bavarian Illuminati in 1783. He was made an Illuminati Regent in 1784.

Prince Charles of Hesse-Kassel

Nom de Guerre: Aaron
Prince Charles Joined the Illuminati in 1783 mainly to keep an eye on the order in his domain and was later supportive of its suppression. He made his fortune renting out mercenaries to the British in the American Revolution.

Baron Von Karl Theodor Dalberg

Nom de Guerre: Crescens
Ecclesiastical prince who occupied ruling positions in Regensburg, Frankfurt, and the Rhine. Initiated in the Illuminati in 1783 he was made an Illuminati Magus in 1784.

Johann Friedrich von Dalberg

Nom de guerre: Masinissa
Younger brother of Karl Theodor, he became a mason in 1781 and joined the illuminati in 1783. He was only given the rank of Illuminati Minor.

Karl August Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

Nom de guerre: Aeschylus
Duke of Saxe-Weimar and of Saxe-Eisenach until he became Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach after merging his duchies. He joined the Illuminati in 1783 and became a Regent in 1784.


Unconfirmed – these individuals have been rumored of being members of the Illuminati.
For a complete list of members of the Bavarian Illuminati see Perfectibilists: The 18th Century Bavarian Order of the Illuminati

Comte de Mirabeau

French revolutionary Mirabeau was named as Illuminati in a Bavarian government diplomatic dispatch to Vienna. His associate Mauvillon was confirmed Illuminati.

Thomas Paine

American revolutionary and famous author of Common Sense and the Age of Reason. Thomas Paine was named as Illuminati in a Bavarian government diplomatic dispatch to Vienna.

Louis Philippe II – Duke of Orléans

Member of the House of Bourbon and active supporter of the French Revolution. Philippe Égalité was named as Illuminati in a Bavarian government diplomatic dispatch to Vienna.

Giuseppe Balsamo aka Count Cagliostro

The Count confessed while being tortured by the Inquisition to being Illuminati. The head of the Illuminati, Johann Bode wrote a pamphlet denying Cagliostro ever being a member.

Notable Members of the Bavarian Illuminati is an excerpt from Book 3 – Adam Weishaupt and the Secrets of the Bavarian Illuminati





1st Class: THE NURSERY


2nd Class: Freemasonry


3rd Class: Mysteries


Part 3: Bavarian Illuminati Membership


Part 4: The End of the Bavarian Illuminati


Part 5: Illuminati in Legend