Anthony Blackburn

Vice-Admiral Sir David Anthony James 'Tom' Blackburn KCVO CB CStJ[1][2] (born 18 January 1945[2]) is a former British Royal Navy officer who served as Master of the Household between 2000 and 2005.

Sir Anthony Blackburn
Born18 January 1945 (1945-01-18) (age 74)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Kirkliston
HMS Birmingham
HMS York
HM Naval Base Clyde
HMS Cornwall
AwardsKnight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Blackburn was appointed to his first command, the minesweeper HMS Kirkliston, in 1972.[2] He became Equerry to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1976,[3] Executive Officer of the cruiser HMS Antrim in 1978 and Commander of the destroyer HMS Birmingham in 1983.[2] He went on to become commanding officer of the destroyer HMS York and Captain D3 Squadron in 1987, Commodore on Clyde and Naval Base Commander Clyde in 1990 and commanding officer of the frigate HMS Cornwall as well as Captain of the 2nd Frigate Squadron Squadron in 1992.[2]

After that Blackburn became Head of the British Defence Staff and Defence Attaché in Washington, D.C. in 1994 and Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe, Naples in 1997.[2]

On leaving the Royal Navy Blackburn became Master of the Household, in which office he served from 2000 to 2005.[2]

He was a member of the Pensions appeal tribunal from 2005, chairman of The Marine Society, the Sea Cadets from 2006 and St John Ambulance London from 2006, as well as Deputy Chairman of the Royal Yachting Association from 2007.[2]

Blackburn was made a LVO in 1978, and a KCVO in 2004.[2][4] He was also made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1999.[2]


  1. Joseph Whitaker, ed. (2005). Whitaker's Almanack. 137. A & C Black. p. 86. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  2. "Vice Adm Sir Tom Blackburn, KCVO, CB". Debrett's. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  3. Clements, John (1979). The United Kingdom, the Commonwealth of Nations, a directory of governments. 1. Political Research. p. 15. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  4. "The full list (Part 1 0f 4)". The Herald. Glasgow: Newsquest. 12 June 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
Military offices
Preceded by
Peter Dodworth
Head of the British Defence Staff in Washington, D.C.
Succeeded by
Charles Vyvyan
Court offices
Preceded by
Sir Simon Cooper
Master of the Household
Succeeded by
Sir David Walker
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