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The Legend of Roslin Castle

Roslin Castle

Roslin Castle

Roslin Castle rests precariously on a rocky outcrop, cut into the rock face, overlooking the River Esk in Scotland.

Sir Henry Sinclair, Lord of Rosslyn and Earl of Orkney and Caithness is believed to have built the castle in the 14th century.

Roslin Castle is the considered home of the mysterious order of Knights Templar, who took it upon themselves to offer protection to pilgrims in the Holy Land.  Knights Templar was formed by Hugues de Payens as its grand master, along with eight knights.  Sinclair knights played their part as member of the Knights Templar throughout, the many years of the crusades.

On the 24th February 1302, during a battle at Roslin, an English knight was killed by a Scottish knight.  The Scottish knight was viciously attacked by the English knight’s hound, that he was forced to kill the beast, as it sought its own kind of justice.

That very same night as the Scottish knights rested within Roslin Castle, the spirit of the hound appeared, causing panic amongst the troops.  This hound appeared nightly, seeking out its prey.

black shuckThe knight who had killed the hound’s master came face to face with the apparition.  Screams were heard through the castle corridors, the knight spoke no more, dying three days later.  The hound disappeared… justice had been carried out.

On dark and stormy nights, the phantom hound haunts the castle and grounds, an eerie baying can be heard, sending a chill of fear down one’s back.

Another legend states, if one stands on a particular step in the castle, and blow a horn, a treasure will be revealed to you.  What treassure are we to behold… Rosslyn Chapel?

In 1303, Scottish forces led by Henry Sinclair and the Comyn Clan, defeated the English at the “Battle of Roslin.”

It is believed the Black Knight who haunts the castle and grounds on horseback, could have lost his life on the battlefield at Roslin.

Images: Wikipedia

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