PROVINCIAL PRIOR'S BODYGUARD

A Message of Welcome from our Commander...

On behalf of the Officers and Knights of the Provincial Prior's Bodyguard, may I welcome you to our page on the Priovincial Priory of Durham website. Here you will find information on the membership and activities of the Bodyguard, as well as the qualifications for joining.

The Provincial Prior's Bodyguard is comprised primarily of Knights of the Order who have yet to attain the office of Preceptor in their own Preceptories. Its function is to provide service to the Provincial Prior when he is in attendance at a Preceptory meeting or other function, and to carry out ceremonial duties as required by the Provincial Marshal.

We have high expectations for our Bodyguard members, especially with regards to sword drill and ceremonial matters. The Bodyguard conducts official ceremonial duties at Provincial Deputations and formal visits to Preceptories, as well as attending to the requirements of the Provincial Prior at the annual meetings of Provincial Priory; the most recognisable part of our drill is the "Arch of Steel", performed on admission to and recession from a meeting.

 

BECOME A BODYGUARD MEMBER

Knights are appointed to the Bodyguard by the Provincial Prior under the advisement of the Provincial Marshal and the Bodyguard Commander. In the past, one Knight would be appointed from each Preceptory in the Province, however, any Knight who would like to become a member will now be considered.

Candidates for the Bodyguard must fulfil certain criteria:

Candidates must be a member of a Preceptory in the Province of Durham;

Candidates must not be an Eminent Preceptor, Immediate Past Preceptor, a Constable or a Great Priory Officer on the 1st January of the year of application;

Candidates must be able to attend Provincial Meetings, practices and official duties during formal visits of the Provincial Prior and/or Sub-Prior to Preceptories;

Candidates must be able to attend the Provincial Church Service, Provincial social events and other activities organised by the Provincial Priory;

Candidates should be willing and able to perform duties as required by the Provincial Marshal and Commander of the Bodyguard;

Candidates should be willing to join Palatine Guards Preceptory.

OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE PROVINCIAL PRIOR'S BODYGUARD

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COMMANDER

E Kt Martin Rankin
GtSwdB

Strathmore Preceptory


Member of Palatine Guards Preceptory

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DEPUTY COMMANDER

E Kt Stuart Dick
PPReg

St. Cuthbert's Preceptory

Member of Palatine Guards Preceptory

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REGISTRAR

E Kt Simon Atkinson

St. Cuthbert's Preceptory

Member of Palatine Guards Preceptory

ASSISTANT REGISTRAR

Kt Richard Davison

Finchale Preceptory

Member of Palatine Guards Preceptory

Kt Michael Gilmore

Finchale Preceptory

Member of Palatine Guards Preceptory

Kt Ian Dixon

Marmaduke Lumley Preceptory

Kt Stuart Outterson

Prince Bishops Preceptory

Member of Palatine Guards Preceptory

Kt Raymond Cartner

St Lawrence Preceptory

Kt George McCann

St. Lawrence Preceptory

Member of Palatine Guards Preceptory

Kt John Halshaw

Finchale Preceptory

Member of Palatine Guards Preceptory

Kt Robin Crosby

Bishop Antony Bek Preceptory

Member of Palatine Guards Preceptory

Kt Nigel O'Brien-Bird

Finchale Preceptory

Kt Neil King

De Umfraville Preceptory

Kt Paul Rowe

Mount Grace Preceptory

Kt Mark Aram

Haliwerfolc Preceptory

E Kt Andrew Myers

Mount Grace Preceptory

Kt Neil King

De Umfraville Preceptory

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