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Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard

The Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard comprising Knights of the Order was first established in the Province in 1948.

At the Annual Meeting of Provincial Priory held in June, the Provincial Prior appoints his Bodyguard for the ensuing year.

The Bodyguard is under the command of the Commander and Deputy Commander, with recommendations for appointment being made by the Provincial Sub-Prior in consultation with the Bodyguard Commander. 

The Knights appointed to serve in the Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard are considered to be an integral part of the Provincial Team and by accepting the Office they are called upon to attend on the Provincial Prior at the Provincial Priory Meetings in June (Knights Templar) and October (Malta), Provincial Team visits and special occasions in the Province.  Members of the Bodyguard also have the opportunity to accompany the Provincial Prior when visiting Preceptories at other times.

Members are required to be examples of good order and regularity. They must carry out their movements correctly and with dignity, setting a good example to other Knights, both within their own Preceptory and when visiting other Preceptories.

Upon being Installed into the Order of the Temple, a Knight is eligible to be considered for membership of the Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard. However, only Knights who are deemed worthy of appointment are invited. Subject to satisfactory service, active membership continues until attaining the Chair of their Preceptory.

Knights invited to join the Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard are also eligible to join the prestigious Preceptory of St George No.318: membership comprises of senior Officers of the Province (many of whom are past members of the Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard), and Knights who are present or past members of the Bodyguard. Meetings of the Preceptory take place on the first Thursday in May at Cheshire View, Christleton (Temple and Malta Installations Meeting) and the second Tuesday in October at Maesgwyn Hall, Wrexham (Malta Meeting).

Knights interested in being appointed to the Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard should contact the Bodyguard Commander at bodyguardcommander@gmail.com – or the Provincial Sub-Prior at psp@cheshireandnorthwaleskt.org.uk  


COMMANDER OF THE BODYGUARD – E.Kt Barrie Stuart Sant – Preceptory of Faith and Hope 326
DEPUTY COMMANDER – Kt. James Powell of Grosvenor Preceptory 132 


Commander E.Kt. Barrie Stuart Sant PGtA-de-C. Faith & Hope 236
Deputy Commander E.Kt. Eamon T. QuailCroes Newydd
MemberDanny ArnoldSt. Salem
MemberMark BuddSt. David
MemberPaul DouglasSt. David
MemberMartin GeerDe L'isle Adam
MemberStephen GoddardSt. Hilary
MemberThomas McCartenDe L'isle Adam
MemberGary OatesDe L'isle Adam
MemberDavid PalinDe Tabley
MemberMark PashleyCroes Newydd
MemberD. Russell PoveyLlewelyn Fawr
MemberNeels RiekertDe Tabley
MemberDavid SutchLlewelyn Fawr
MemberEamon QuailCroes Newydd
MemberAdrian BunnTemple

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Bodyguard please advise the Bodyguard Commander via Provincial Vice Chancellor.