Philip Bernard Blacklaw

Second Provincial Grand Principal




Personal Details

Phil was born in July 1947 in Chatham, Kent. His family moved near to St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, where he was educated at Bell Baxter High School and later at Bletchley Grammar School on returning to England in 1960.

He married Isobel in 1972 and they have two children, Angela and Philip, and two grandchildren, Kiera and Jamie.

Phil was a freelance contracts manager for many years and worked all over the country including Northern Ireland for the M.O.D. and in the Shetland Isles at the Sullom Voe oil terminal. Having decided to quit travelling, he opened betting shops in Brackley and Milton Keynes and was a rails bookmaker at Leicester, Nottingham, and at Warwick and Bedford greyhound tracks. Phil is currently employed as a Contracts Manager for an office interior fit out and refurbishment company. Any spare time is spent with his grandchildren.

Masonic Biography


  • Initiated into Bletchley Park Lodge 9518 in October 1997: WM 2007.
  • Joined Bucks Masters Lodge 3305: 2008.
  • Joined Bucks Stewards Lodge 9222: 2009.
  • Assistant to the Provincial Grand Almoner: 2006 - 2011.
  • Appointed Provincial Grand Almoner 2011.
  • Promoted to Assistant Provincial Grand Master, 2017
  • Executive Chain, 2022.

Craft Grand Rank

  • Appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, 2015
  • Promoted to Past Senior Grand Deacon, 2018.

Royal Arch

  • Exalted into Oliver Chapter October 1999. MEZ 2009.
  • Appointed Provincial Grand Sojourner, 2013
  • Promoted to Provincial Grand Sword Bearer, 2017.
  • Promoted to Past Provincial Grand Scribe N, 2021.
  • Promoted to 2nd Provincial Grand Principal 2022.