Rosslyn Chapel & The Knights Templar
By Stephanie Kelly
There has been long standing rumors of a connection between Rosslyn Chapel and The Knights Templar. Though little can be proven to confirm this connection, little also can be dis-proven. To understand this connection we must look into the history of both the Chapel and the Knights in an attempt to evaluate these theories.
* History & Rumors of Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn Chapel was built in 1446 by the 1st Earl of Caithness and Prince of Orkney, William Sinclair. This is a very important part of the questioned connection between the chapel and the Knights. Quick research into the, Sinclair Family and the St. Clair family did prove that they one in the same with a minor spelling change by time and location. This is a very important piece of information because it is believed that Hugues de Payens, the founder of the Knights Templar, married a woman named Catherine St. Clair. The truth may never be known for multiple reasons; first – it was against the Order for the men of the Knights to marry, second – records from that time frame have been lost or destroyed over time.
The Chapel itself leads to many conspiracy theories. When Sinclair built the Chapel he had a crypt crafted under it. It is known that some members of the Sinclair/St. Clair family are buried in the crypt but there is not enough record to prove that the crypt was full. At some point in time the crypt was sealed up and the owners, descendants of the Sinclair family, refuse to allow anyone access to the crypt and will not allow the seal to be broken. Due to the mystery of the crypt, many people have come to the conclusion that something must be hidden in there. Some speculate that the Holy Grail may be hidden in the crypt, others have a rather morbid believe that the head of Christ itself is hiding within the sealed structure. A few believe the original Crown Jewels of Scotland were taken there for safekeeping.
* Possible Knights Connection
The Knights Templar were disbanded by force in 1307. At this time France sent orders for all members of the organization to be arrested for heresy and crimes of sacrilege along with many other crimes. After France gained support of the Pope, many other countries joined in the hunt for members. Though it was ordered that all members be arrested, less than half of them were and it would appear that the Knights Templar had between a 2 to 5 day advance notice of their impending arrests and torture. It is thought, and does have vague historical record backing it up, that the Knights Templar managed to escape to Scotland with a large amount of their wealth and all records concerning their dealings. There are records of Knightly Monks assisting the Scottish Knights and helping to structure Scotland in a way that established it as a force of it’s own. One instance of the Knightly Monks assisting the Scottish Knights involved a few hundred Scotsmen being attacked by thousands of Britain Soldiers with the Scottish Knights winning 3 separate battles in 24 hours ending Britain’s attempt to take control of Scotland.
Another possible connection to the chapel involves many stone carvings within the building. These stone carvings that decorate the Chapel walls, ceilings and pillars seem to link the Knights Templar to the chapel, though they all could be just based off of the history of the Knights in Scotland and the stories that had been passed down generations. There are also rumors of an underground storage area located within the property of the Chapel. This storage area is said to house the fortune of the Knights along with their records and documents that all disappeared in 1307. Few have tried to find the hidden chamber and most think it doesn’t even exist.
Many of these questions may never be answered and with the continued discovering of more hidden or lost artifacts within the Chapel, this is an Ancient Mystery that may never be solved!
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosslyn_Chapel
Rosslyn Templars – http://www.rosslyntemplars.org.uk/index.php/knights-templar
Mysterious Britain – http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/…/rosslyn-chapel-roslin-…
Templer History – http://blog.templarhistory.com/…/rosslyn-chapel-a-legacy-i…/
David Icke Blog – http://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=288607
A Knights Templar Abroad: Or, Reminiscences of Travel Beyond The Sea by W. Harlan Cord, published 1885 J. Burns Publishing Company