Rosslyn Freemasonry, Chapel and the Templars

  The making in Scotland as Rosslyn Chapel is regarded by many as the link between the historic order of Knights Templar and Freemasonry.The Knights TemplarThe Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon known are far more generally known since the Knights Templar. It had been an order produced in the middle ages who rose to power and became a rich company throughout Europe. Their tenet was in line with the Cistercian monastic order and got special rights that helped them to kill in the name of God. These were referred to as soldier monks. They were a ferocious fighting military, presented with respect even by their ‘opponent’ the Islamic Assassins. Currently though, they are seen by people in a far more stimulating manner, assuming them to be the owners of a great secret.Even though they were unchallenged for approximately 200 years throughout the Holy Land and Europe, the Templars were charged in the 14th century on various charges. Their arrest was started by the French King, Philip IV who made certain that on Friday 13th October 1307 every one of the Templars in France were imprisoned. Arrests were also made in other places throughout Europe, and the Pope abolished the Order of Templars in 1312. Jacques de Molay was the last Grand Master of the Templars, and he was burnt at the spot in Paris in 1314.There is proof that the Templars continued in secret. At the moment the Scotland had been excommunicated and so was a safe haven for almost any running Templars since it lay outside the command of the Pope.The Templars & FreemasonryIt has often been thought that there’s an immediate link between the historic order of Knights Templar and the relatively newer order of Freemasonry. Probably surprisingly, this was concept was first proposed by the Church of Rome, perhaps not by Freemasons. This was reported by Pope Clement XII in 1738 who stated Freemasonry an extension of the Knights Templar, was had been deemed heretical 400 years earlier.Whilst viewed by many as bizarre, in more modern times data has come to light that does suggest a continuation and that it occurred in Scotland. Several books have suggested that the traditions of Freemasonry produced from the Templars and even more present data because of their escape to Scotland. Rosslyn Chapel thus features prominently in this theory.Firstly the founding family of Rosslyn Chapel, the St Clairs, had connections with the Templars. Hugues de Payens, the creator of the Templars truly married to the St Clair family. It is therefore not a great leap of imagination to claim that when the order was fleeing persecution, they fled to Scotland to find the protection of the St Clair family, and possibly offered their money and strategies. Perhaps this success was used to fund the making of Rosslyn Chapel?Symbols can be found in the designs of Rosslyn Chapel that suggest a with the Templars. For instance, there is an of the Agnus Dei (the Lamb of God) which may be found on Templar seals, in addition to the depiction of two knights riding just one horse. These designs were especially common in the Languedoc region of France. Even the Sinclair cross, or Engrailed Cross because it is also recognized, has the Templar cross in its centre.Inside Rosslyn you may even see a gravestone of a certain ‘Sir William de Sinncler’ which was entirely on the site of a youthful church that used to exist presently community graveyard. The two major ideas are that this is the gravestone of either the 3rd Baron who fought at Bannockburn in 1314, or the Sir William who died whilst trying to take King Robert the Bruce’s heart to the Holy Land in 1330. What is specially interesting about this gravestone is that is shows signs of being fully a Templar grave, even though both of the ‘prime suspects’ died after the withdrawal of the order.

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