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Knights Templar: Escapees in Scotland

Map - Scotland

Map of Scotland

King Alexander III of Scotland, heir was Margaret Maid of Norway, who became Queen, aged just two, and was promptly betrothed to Edward, the son of King Edward I of England; the next English King.  She died aged seven in September 1290, leaving Anglo-Scottish relations in uproar, for no one person held the undisputed claim of being King of the Scots.

Thirteen claimants stepped forward, and with no outright agreement, they asked King Edward I, to arbitrate, and they would abide by his choice.  John Balliol was Edward’s choice, one he could control.

By 1306, John Balliol had crossed Edward I, who defeated him at the Battle of Dunbar, and Edward had him imprisoned in the Tower of London.  Upon his release, he fled to France.

Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce

In 1306, Robert the Bruce, murdered his only rival to the Scottish throne; John Comyn, and was crowned King of Scotland.

With thousands of Templar’s fleeing unjust trials, on trumped up charges of heresy and being burnt at the stake, many fled to Scotland, offering their sword to Robert the Bruce and Scotland.

Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, sought Independence from the English.

King Edward I died in 1307, and his son became King Edward II, yet his lack of leadership, gave Scotland the breathing space, from attacking forces.

In 1310, Robert Bruce raided English cities in the northern parts of England, and went on to re-capture some of the Scottish castles, held by the English.

Sir Philip Mowbray, captain of Stirling Castle promised the Scots in 1313, if they stop their siege upon the castle, he would yield it to them at midsummer 1314, unless English forces came to his aid first.

King Edward II

King Edward II

King Edward II was forced to take a large army to Scotland, and Stirling Castle, to stop this uprising.

On the 23rd June 1314, Henry de Bohun charged towards Robert Bruce, who side stepped his lance, in return Bohun received the axe from Bruce, smashing through his helmet, and into his brains.

The army of Robert Bruce was outnumbered against Edward’s battle-hardened knights, but the Scots chose their ground carefully.  They used the natural terrain to their advantage.

It wasn’t long before the English made their first mistake; getting hemmed in between the River Forth and Bannocburn.  Scottish warriors bore down upon them with spears, crushing them into marshy grounds.  As the English tried to escape, Scottish guerrillas fell upon them and massacred hundred in the process.

On the second day of the “Battle of Bannockburn,”  mounted Templar Knights smashed through Edward’s infantry and cavaliers, with Scottish knights led by Sir Robert Keith coming up behind.

Edward had no choice, his army was being slaughtered before his very eyes, and he fled the battle, heading for the safety of Stirling Castle, only to be turned away.

Edward headed to Dunbar, and Escaped Scotland by boat, arriving in England defeated.

Robert the Bruce commemorated that day in Scottish history by defeating the English and achieving Scottish Independence… England never recognised Scotland’s Independence.

Robert the Bruce created the Order of Heridom and the Brothers of the Rosy Cross (Rosicrucian).  Later would be known as the Order of Kilwinning, Scotland’s first Masonic Order with Robert the Bruce as its first Grand Master.

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10 thoughts on “Knights Templar: Escapees in Scotland

  1. I discovered a Roman Scottish Chalice with Historical inscription of The Knight Templars of 1289. In the 1800’s Charles Fox discovered a Chalice like this one, but someone removed the historical reference from it. I know have the one that not only states that it is a Scottish Templars Chalice, but also reference the Chalice to have existed in the year 1289 due to the handles that describe a young princess. I can send any one, if interested, the information.

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  2. The Wine Cup

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    I found this desolated wine cup on a hot afternoon day in Sep of 2015 at the Mission Flea Market located at the corner of Loop 410 and Moursund Blvd in San Antonio Tx. I had no idea who manufactured the cup or where it came from. I found it interesting and challenging so I bought it for one dollar.

    THE STORY

    It wasn’t long before I found out that the Corbell Company had reproduced, in 1950, a Scottish chalice very similar to the one I found. The history of this chalice originated in England around the mid 1800’s by a man name Charles Fox who was the silversmith to the Queen. It was said that the original chalice had missing handles. This made me think that I had boughten something very special because this chalice still had the handles. After further investigation I realized that the chalice also had two templars flags which was something not found on the one Charles Fox discovered. These two new items of interest compelled me to study the history and to tell the story. I decided to label the cup a Roman Scottish Templar’s Chalice due to the fact that it carries Roman history and history of Scotland’s knight Templars.

    STORY OF THE
    ROMAN SCOTTISH TEMPLAR’S
    CHALICE

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    The wine cup was originally made to tell an ancient Roman story. The cup is of Roman design based on the art and the fact that you can feel the art with your fingers, as if it was carved out. The top of the cup is surrounded by a prosperous vine which intertwines two coats of arms from the old kingdoms describing two Kings that came together under the Roman Empire whom fought for a Christian cause as depicted by the Roman Christian shield. The white cloth around the shield symbolizes a nobel cause which was awarded to the two kings for their under taking. Their historic achievements is detailed at the top of the shield explaining their campaign which extended all the way to the Far East where they out smarted and captured the elephant in war. For their courageous victory they were awarded the name of The Fox. The emblem siting on top of the shield describes a fox who captured an elephant and is taking him back to Rome on a boat as proof of their victory. Since they were fighting under The Roman Empire, the shield should have had the wreath with the SPQR initials which proclaims the senate and people of Rome as being victorious in their campaign.

    ( to be continued on second part of story )

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  3. THE SECOND STORY

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    Well, at the moment we don’t know how old the cup is, but someone along the line decided to scrape of the information on the shield so they could inscribe new history pertaining to the Fox. The inscription describes two castles as working together whom considered themselves being descendants of the Fox. These two castles shared the same coat of arms. The top portion of the shield shows the primary castle. To its left is a fox and above the fox are three Christian stars. The stars are representations of the organization’s past contributions to the first, second, and third crusades. These stars are fallowed by a Templar’s flag indicating the organization they belong to. The lower left portion of the shield shows the secondary castle. On the right side of the castle is a different but similar kind of fox and above it are the three stars plus the Templar’s flag indicating that both of them were of the Templar’s military order. In fact this chalice brings the history of the old and the new fox together. History recognizes theses two castles to have existed in Scotland. In the 13 century two castle were recognized as chartered castles they were not considered part of Scotland’s military. The primary castle was Dumfries and the secondary castle was Carlaverock. They were both six miles apart. Their primary mission was to protect the catholic Christians and their monasteries from robbers in the southern part of Scotland. Their secondary mission was to protect the south trading port and trading routes because they were involved in trading themselves.Therefore initially they were not involved in Scotland’s war for independence until England decided to sieged their castles. The war destroyed the primary castle and the secondary castle was partially destroyed.

    Thank You, I hope you read the third part of the story

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  4. PART — 3

    Of

    The Roman Scottish

    Templar’sChalice

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    An unknown crafty silversmith managed to remove the original inscription on the shield in order to add other historical information. He did by laying the chalice on its side with the shield facing up. He then installed a metal holder inside the cup and proceeded to stamp the information by utilizing some kind of hammer. He slightly dented the bottom side of the cup because it was not properly secured plus he also incurred several small metal nicks inside the cup leaving evidence of original workmanship.

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    The silversmith also added two handles which carry the face of a young noble child wearing head armor.

    The noble child

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    The noble child

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    In the year 1289, same time as the two castles, Scotland announces their new hire to the throne which happens to be the six year old Norwegian princess, granddaughter of king Alexander, name Margaret. She was five years old when her grandfather died. The reason why she did not get announced earlier was because her step grandmother announced that she was pregnant at the time. Her stepmother had a miscarriage which left Margaret the sole hire to the throne. The face of a young Nobel child sits on both handles and has a striking resemblance to the young princess. The queen, scheduled to take the thrown the fallowing year, mysteriously dies of sea sickness when she arrived in Scotland.

    The seven year old queen

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    This event sparks the beginning of Scotland war for independence. During the war, in 1307, the pope excommunicates the Templars and by 1314 they disband the order. Historical information found can only authenticate a story but it cannot truly date an artifact. The artifact has to be authenticated by an experience professional who authenticates artifacts. I hope that there someone who can help in verifying how old the cup in order to attach an auction price value so we can auction it off.

    Thank You, I hope you share the story

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  5. Well, I decided to describe in more detail the handles found on the chalice, for those who are interested in the reasons of why I believe that the child on the handles is the Norwegian Princess Queen of Scotland of 1289 and not 1290. One of the most noticeable features is that she looks like she could be age 5 or six. That is why I said 1289 and not 1290. It is not everyday that a child gets her face put on top of a Chalice that carries Roman, Scottish, and knight Templars history. Especially wearing head armor and a fancy looking scarf. She has the same round face as her historic glass painting. Her hair has a split down the middle of her forehead. Her lips are small and very much the same to include that they are not much wider than the width of her nose. Her right eye is not the same as her left eye. I suspect that she might of had a small accident on her right eye. With all these indicators one has to agreed with the fact that is her face on the handles. You usually only need three indicators to attract suspicion, but here you have the armor, the hair, the lips, the eye, the round face, plus the fact that she is located on top of the chalice as an important designated person of that era. The chalice or chalice maker is describing the story of the young queen when the Pope and England approved of her being the elected queen to Scotland which was more than a year before her Coordination. This is the story that the chalice is describing. I would like to add one more piece of information concerning the handles that proves that there was for sure two cups made with these handles. Due to the fact that I navigated the old Goodwill Store in San Antonio for many years, I remember seeing another handle laying at the bottom of a bin in the early 1990’s. I remember thinking that it was some kind of ornament that had fallen off of something. I remember throwing the queen back to the bottom of the bin. If I would have known Scottish history I would have kept it. But why? Who made it? And when? Are three questions we do not know, but there was another one that was found by the silversmith Charles Fox which had no handles or Templar flags in the Mid 1800’s which could shed some light as to where they came from. Apparently he made reproductions of them which you can find in Scotland or England.

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  6. You can find a photo of the wine cup, goblet, or chalice depends what you want to call it? I call it a chalice because of its history. You can find it under Scottish Roman Charles Fox Chalice. An important person from England put it on his Pinterest.

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