Knights Templar: Masonic Funerals

A gesture which is depicted in Knights Templar carvings found on the walls of Royston Cave in England.  The position of the arms, has the left arm bent ninety degrees in a square, and the right arm bent at a lesser angle.

Do these poses suggest some type of connection to the beginnings of a latent Masonic ritual, if so, the question has to be asked… why?  If a secret society did exist in medieval Europe, it would have been far easier to conceal a symbol, within a painting. Tales still exist to this day that the bleeding body of Jesus is laid upon, what would be known as the ‘Shroud of Turin.’

Some historians have put forward the suggestion, that the altar with its Templar Cross, conceals remnant ashes belonging to Jacques de Molay.

Source:

Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers written by Scott F Walter.

Knights Templar: Balantrodoch Preceptory

The Templars had a large number of estates in Scotland, and the 1185 inventory of Templar properties only applied to England, and the inventory which should have taken place after their arrest, never took place in Scotland.  In 1312, the Pope decreed the suppression of the Templars, but King Edward II locked in conflict with Scotland had no intention of enforcing it.

In 1153 King David I of Scotland (1124-1153), granted the knights Templar a parcel of land, to the south of Edinburgh.  Here upon this site, the Order of the Knights Templar established a Preceptory at, and so was born; Temple Church, Temple Mid-Lothian.  This Preceptory became the greatest centre of the Templars in Scotland, where upon they administered their Scottish sites, for the lifetime of the Order, across Scotland.

A gift from a Scottish King carried much weight, as others followed in his footsteps in granting them lands.

King Malcolm IV of Scotland (1153-1165) donated a complete homestead within every burgh throughout his kingdom of Scotland.

William the Lion (1165-1214) gave to the Knights Templar, the barony of Maryculter which comprised of 8,000 acres.

It is said Alexander I – II & III along with Robert I & II, James I – III & IV went on to increase Templar Estates from the Royal Exchequer.

Members of Scotland’s nobility, bestowed gifts upon the “Order” which included much lands.

With the Order of the Knights Templar suppressed in 1312, Templars were outlawed, and their lands and buildings were supposed to pass into Hospitalliers hands, whose Scottish seat was at Torphichen in West Lothian.  The Pope’s orders were seldom followed, as was the case here.

The old Templar Church continued to serve the people of the parish for many centuries, until it fell into ruin in the 19th century.

The ruined church is located to the west of the village, in the South Esk valley, which runs alongside the River Esk.  It is believed the church dates back to early 14th century, and still standing within, one can find late gothic tracery, with animal carvings at the end of the mouldings, located above the old windows.

The original church had a round nave, like many Templar churches, a look alike of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.  The church roof has long since gone… with some walls still remaining.  The west end was the entrance to the church, with the altar at the east end.  Surprisingly the carved piscina had survived, with old niches carved into the walls, where once would have housed tombs, but these are long gone now. 

Gravestones in the old graveyard bearing the symbols of carved skull and crossbones, one associated with death and the Knights Templar.  Masonic symbols can be found; the trowel denotes the symbol of a builder.  An egg timer = the passing of time, plus the classic compass and set square.

Village Headstone: John Craig Outerston, a farmer who died in 1742 is shown wearing Sunday best clothes with his children.

A solitary preceptory arch stands in a field to the eastern part of the village, once the main entrance to a former   stands Templars Manor House.

One event which involved William a preceptor and Templar of Ballentrodoch and his wife Christiane of Esperston.

William gifted the family home to the Templar Order in return for renting the said property, thus creating a life without financial hardships.

William suddenly died, his wife Christiane was penniless, and now the family home belonged to the Templar Order.  Which led to a Templar preceptor casting poor Christiane and her children from the former family home.  As she clutched at the door, her fingers were cut off by a sword at the hands of a Templar.

A distraught and homeless Christiane went to Newbattle Abbey where Edward I was staying and pleaded her case to him, and he so ordered her property be returned to her.  Not long after, war broke out and she found herself evicted once again. Richard her son, pleaded her case to Brian de Jay of the Templar Order.  Her property was once again returned to her, in return for her son acting as a guide for Welsh troops under the command of Brian de Jay.  It was nothing more than a trap, for Richard was murdered by Welsh troops by order of Brian de Jay.

At the Templar Trials, Brian de Jay was accused of acts of heresy, even though he could not answer the charges, having been killed at the ‘Battle of Falkirk.’  One Thomas Tocci de Thoroldeby claimed he had referred to Christ as being a mere man, and not a God.

Local legends has it that some of the Templar Treasure from Paris made its way to Scotland, and was hidden by Templar Knights at Balantrodoch.

The saying goes: “Twixt the oak and the elm tree.  You will find buried the millions free.”

Wikipedia Images:
Balantrodoch Chapel
Preceptory Arch

Sources:
In Search of the Knights Templar by Simon Brighton.

Knights Templar: 12th Century Almourol Castle Legend…

Early in the 12th century, the Lord of Almorolan was an Arab emir.  The emir’s daughter fell in love with a Christian knight.  She began sneaking him into the castle each and every knight, so they could spend time together.

The knight was just using the girl, and he opened the castle gates, so his fellow knights could gain access, without spilling blood, and capture the Castle.

Almorolan, and his heart-broken daughter embraced each other, and threw themselves from the castle’s parapets into the river below.

Knights Templar: Castle of Almourol – Haunting

The Donna Beatriz Legend:

Donna Beatriz, daughter of Dom Romiro, a 9th/10th century Visigoth warrior.  It is said he killed a Moorish woman and her daughter over a cup of water.  He took an eleven-year-old boy prisoner.  Dom Ramiro had no idea who this young boy was; the son of the woman he had murdered.  The boy became page to Dom Ramiro at Almourol, where he lived with his wife and daughter.

The boy wanted revenge for the murder of his mother.  With revenge in his heart, he poisoned Dom Ramiro’s wife, and watched over her, until she was dead.

Dom Ramiro was off fighting, and his daughter Beatrix and his page fell in love, as revenge turned to desire.

However, Dom Ramiro returned, bringing with him a fellow knight, to whom he had promised Beatriz’s hand in marriage.

The Moorish boy told Beatriz of her father’s cruelty, and admitted his murder of her mother.  She was not fazed by the events, and the young couple vanished, destination unknown.

Dom Ramiro died of remorse… It is said, each and every year, on the day of St. John.  Beatriz and the Moorish page would appear on the castle keep, which rises above the river.  It is here, they will renew their curse, which will hang over the castle until Judgement Day!

Royal Arch Emblems: The Triple Tau

The number three is important in Masonry, so is the letter ‘T’ which has three points, and the word for the number 3 begins with the letter T.  A Masonic symbol called the ‘Triple Tau’ is made up of three T’s.

The ‘Triple Tau’ has become one of the most important symbols associated with “Royal Arch Masonry.”

The Tau (T), is the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet.  In ancient times the (T) was referred to as the symbol of life, Theta the 8th letter of the Greek alphabet was the symbol of death.  The Tau being an old form of the cross, also known as St. Anthony’s Cross, in memory of the saint who was martyred on a cross of this shape.

In pagan times, a warrior returning honourably from battle, was permitted to attach a ‘T’ to his name.

It is believed, three Taus brought together form the Triple Tau.  It is also believed by bringing a T and H together means ‘Templum Hierosolyma’ or the ‘Temple of Jerusalem.’  Whilst Christians believe the symbol, is that of ‘Holiness supporting Trinity.’  Other meanings include “A key to the treasure.”  It is believed to be the place where precious things are concealed from prying eyes.

Mathematians deduced long ago, that five shapes;

Heaven     = Dodecahedron      = Pentagon Face

Fire             = Tetrahedron         = Triangle

Air               = Octahedron           = Triangle

Earth          = Hexahedron         = Square

Water        = Icosahedron           = Triangle

are the only shapes that can equally divide three-dimensional space, and stood on the pinnacle of ancient geometric and esoteric knowledge?

The Five Elements of The Seal of Solomon:

Visually five platonic shapes do not exist in the Seal of Solomon.  However, if we read it in a different way, the number of angles in the Triple Tau, and a multiple there of, is equal to combinations of triangles in the Seal of Solomon.  Therefore, we can conclude that the Triple Tau or Key, unlocks the Seal of Solomon, revealing five Platonic shapes.

There are 8 x 90 degree angles, which equal 720 degrees.

Christians in Greek or Roman used a Tau Cross.  The basis of a triple tau in early church history would mean the trinity of father, son, and holy spirit. A belief in the triune nature of godhead is common to many faiths and religions.

A triangle is a simple shape in geometry that has taken on a great spiritual significance and symbolism.  The equilateral triangle was revered by ancient nations as containing the greatest and most abstruse mysteries, and as a symbol of God, denoting a triad of intelligence, a triad of deity, a triune to God.  The equilateral triangle shows equality with its three triangles of the same degrees.  In one way, it best represents deity by its equality or perfection in design and proportion.

The triangle is a symbol of divine union, and an emblem of the mysterious triune, equally representing the attributes of deity, and his triune essence: omnipotence (all powerful), omnipresence (eternal) and omniscience (all knowing).

Templar Survival

French Templar

By order of the Vatican, Templar Assets were passed to the Hospitalliers around 1312.

One wonders what happened to Templars who avoided capture and persecution.  Some were said to join the Knights of Malta.  Large numbers were said to have joined the “Order of the Holy Sepulchre under Vatican rule.  Others joined the “Order of the Teutonic Knights” and the “Franciscan Order.  Whilst others sought refuge in Scotland, offering their sword to Robert the Bruce, in his battle with the English to achieve Independence for Scotland.

King James II of Spain negotiated with the Pope and Vatican, that the Dynastic Order of Montesa be permitted to take over some of the Templar assets in 1317.

Portugal’s Knights Templar were found not guilty of their charges, and changed their name to the “Knights of Christ” and permitted to retain their assets.  Later they would merge with the Spanish Crown dynastic Order.

12th century Knights Templar of Portugal, played their part to create the Rosicrucian Order around 1407.  The Portuguese Templar Headquarters – Convent of the “Order of Christ,” features three artefact’s; a rose positioned central on a cross within an initiation room dated 1530.  This provides evidence that Templars joined the Rosicrucian’s.

From 1804 orders were initiated by Napoleon Bonaparte I, with zero links to the Templar Order. Archaeological inspiration was received from Egyptian expeditions with links to documents held in the Vatican’s Secret Archives.  Using military force, stole copy of the Chinon Parchment which would vindicate the “Order of the Knights Templar.”

Hereditary and cultural Templars independently continued to influence the development of Europe, evidence by Templar advancement in Switzerland and Scotland.  The Knights Templar had successfully survived as an underground network, for centuries and through to the present day.

The Templar State

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Is there any connection between Knights Templar and Switzerland?

With the loss of the Holy Land, it was no secret that the Templars had designs on creating their own state.  We are left in no doubt that the Order of Templars managed to carve out their own nation.  The Templar State was and is Switzerland.

Templars escaping prosecution and arrests in France and other European countries, needed somewhere to regroup.  They chose the confederation of cantons, now known as Switzerland.

SWITZERLAND: TEMPLAR’s INFLUENCE

  • The founding of Switzerland and the period in France, that these Templars were being persecuted.
  • Switzerland is located to the east of France, and Templar brothers would seek safety within its borders.
  • Tales exist of white coated knights crossing borders from France into Switzerland. Stories mention assistance given to locals, for them to gain independence from foreign domination.
  • Known Templars created their own banking system, and played major parts in farming and engineering. Some aspects can be observed, in their gradual evolution and creation of the states which would make up Switzerland.
  • The famous Templar Cross is part of the flags of many Swiss Cantons. As are other emblems such as keys, that carry much importance to the Order of the Knights Templar.

Large numbers of Templars found sanctuary in Scotland. Robert the Bruce the only 14th century monarch with no love for the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.  These knights took up arms against the English, for Scotland’s Independence, infiltrating Mason’s Lodges and then brought them under Templar control.  Today these same lodges are; Freemason Lodges.

Rosslyn Chapel home of the Sinclair knights, members of the Templar Order.  These warriors were buried along with their treasure in the chapel crypt.

According to Masonic history, some 30,000 – 40,000 Templars escaped the inquisition by wearing Masons cloth and mingling with them.  Other’s fled abroad using the “Laissez passer” which equates to free passage given to Masons.

Some Templars fled France and capture, escaping to Spain, joining other Holy Orders; Caltrava and Alcantra.  Others headed for Portugal and took on the new name, the Order of Christ.  Others are known to have fled to Germany and joined forces with the Teutonic Knights.  In England, Templars were rounded up and arrested, and under went interrogation.  As quickly as they were arrested, they were released.

The Templars disappeared from history until 1804, when Bernard-Raymond Fabre Palaprat became Grand Master.  In 1814 discovered a handwritten bible in Greek, with the last two chapters missing.  It contained a list of Grand Masters of the Templar Order from 1154 through to 1314.

In 1315, Duke Leopold of Habsburg attacked several hundred men with his force of 2,000 knights and 9,000 foot soldiers… expecting little resistance.  He was in for a surprise, as the Swiss possessed a new weapon, the “Halberd” which was mounted on a long pole, capable of bringing down horses and used like a lance.  Leopold lost almost 2,000 warriors that day, and was forced to retreat.

Templar Knights that had escaped from France, crossed the border into Switzerland and were granted sanctuary, bringing with them their military expertise and Templar treasure… buying their way into this new country.

The Templar’s were Europe’s bankers from the 11th – 14th century, now the largest banking and financial institutions of Europe are located in Switzerland.

On the 22nd January 1506, one hundred and ninety-nine years after the arrest of Jacques de Molay in France, the Vatican created the Pontifical Swiss Guard.

One hundred and fifty Swiss soldiers under the command of Captain Kasparvon Silenen of Canton Uri, passed through the Vatican and were blessed by Pope Julius II.

Historical accounts have suggested, with the death of Jacques de Molay, Templar survivors planned a conspiracy.  It is believed Templars sought to bring down the Papacy and Kingdoms that declared they be illegal.  This secret mission was handed down, until it passed to the Illuminati and Freemason’s.

Its been accepted, Freemasons played an active role in the downfall of the French Monarchy, and the French Revolution.  When King Louis XVI was guillotined in Paris, one among the crowd shouted out; “Jacques de Molay, you have been avenged.”

Knights Templar: Balantrodoch

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There is little doubt that the Templars had a large number of estates in Scotland. The 1185 inventory of Templar properties only applied to England, and an inventory which took place after their arrest, never took place in Scotland.  In 1312, the Pope decreed the suppression of the Templars, but King Edward II locked in conflict with Scotland had no intention of enforcing it.

King David I of Scotland (1124-1153), granted the manor and chapel of Balantrodoch to the Order of the Knights Templar in 1153, which became their headquarters on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

King Malcolm IV of Scotland (1153-1165) donated a complete homestead within every burgh throughout his kingdom of Scotland.

William the Lion (1165-1214) gave to the Knights Templar, the barony of Maryculter which comprised of 8,000 acres.

It is said Alexander I – II & III along with Robert I & II, James I – III & IV went on to increase Templar Estates from the Royal Exchequer.

When the Templars were outlawed, their lands and buildings were supposed to pass into Hospitalliers hands, whose Scottish seat was at Torphichen in West Lothian.  The Pope’s orders were seldom followed, as was the case here, and it continued to be the parish church for local inhabitants.  As the years and centuries passed by the ‘Chapel of Balantrodoch,’ fell into dis-repair.

To the west of the village, in the valley of South Esk by the River Esk stands the ruined church of Balantrodoch with remnants of Gothic tracery and animals above the windows.  The original church had a round nave, like many Templar churches, a look alike of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.  The church roof has long since gone… with some walls still remaining.  The west end was the entrance to the church, with the altar at the east end, with old niches carved into the walls, where once would have housed tombs, but these are long gone now.  Gravestones in the old graveyard bearing the symbols of carved skull and crossbones, one associated with death and the Knights Templar.  Others like the trowel and egg timer, we associate with the Freemasons along with the classic symbol of the compass and set square.

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To the east of the village, stands the remains of the preceptory arch, out amongst the fields.  This being the original entrance to the Templars Manor House.

One event which involved William a preceptor and Templar of Ballentrodoch and his wife Christiane of Esperston.

William gifted the family home to the Templar Order in return for renting the said property, thus creating a life without financial hardships.

William suddenly died, his wife Christiane was penniless, and now the family home belonged to the Templar Order.  Which led to a Templar preceptor casting poor Christiane and her children from the former family home.  As she clutched at the door, her fingers were cut off by a sword at the hands of a Templar.

A distraught and homeless Christiane went to Newbattle Abbey where Edward I was staying and pleaded her case to him, and he so ordered her property be returned to her.  Not long after, war broke out and she found herself evicted once again. Richard her son, pleaded her case to Brian de Jay of the Templar Order.  Her property was once again returned to her, in return for her son acting as a guide for Welsh troops under the command of Brian de Jay.  It was nothing more than a trap, for Richard was murdered by Welsh troops by order of Brian de Jay.

At the Templar Trials, Brian de Jay was accused of acts of heresy, even though he could not answer the charges, having been killed at the ‘Battle of Falkirk.’  One Thomas Tocci de Thoroldeby claimed he had referred to Christ as being a mere man, and not a God.

Wikipedia Images:
Balantrodoch Chapel
Preceptory Arch

Sources:
In Search of the Knights Templar by Simon Brighton.

Knights Templar: “Rex Deus” Treasure

Holy Land

Jewish elders feared, a Roman invasion led by Titus, would plunder the Holy Land, and seize their priceless treasure which included the Essene and Cabalistic scrolls.

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How right they were for, for Roman General and later Emperor, Titus son of Emperor Vespasian, campaigned in Judea, where he besieged and almost destroyed Jerusalem in 70AD.

These Jewish elders hid their treasure, and fled to Europe, where many married into noble families.  Twenty-four became patriarchs, known as the “Rex Deus” families.

Hundreds of years passed by, and the secret location of the Jewish treasure, was passed down through the families, until the First Crusade.  Knighted members of the “Rex Deus” joined holy warriors, with a dual purpose, defeating Moslems and recovering family treasure.

The original knights of the nine Knights Templar were either born or related to the Rex Deus families.  Godfrey de Boullion was one of these and a French General, who led his forces against the Saracens during the First Crusade.  King Baldwin II of Jerusalem cousin to Godfrey de Boullion, played his part in the retrieval of their family treasure, by granting the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to be used by the Knights Templar.

Information handed down, through the centuries, led the knights to the family treasure, buried under what was Solomon’s stables.  It took nine years to excavate four large trunks of treasure and scrolls.

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Heavenly Jerusalem Print

With the death of King Baldwin II, the knights left the Holy Land, bound for Europe.  They stopped off at St.Omer in Flanders, where the document known as the “Heavenly Jerusalem” was copied, and can now be found at the University of Ghent’s Library in Belgium.

Following a special ceremony taken by Pope Honorius III at the Council of Troyes in 1128.  Hughes de Payen and Andre de Montbard, delivered the four trunks of treasure to Kilwinning in Scotland, home of the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry.

The four trunks of treasure resided at Kilwinning for many years before being moved to Rosslyn Castle, near Edinburgh, home of the Sinclairs.  The Sinclairs were one of the “Rex Deus” families, and legend has it, they became entwined with the Knights Templar when Catherine de Saint Clair married Hughes de Payen, before he took the vows of a monk in 1128.  With a Sinclair Templar bond, one can understand why much knights, treasure ended up in Scotland, and when they fled France in 1307, more treasure made its way to Scotland, and into the coffers of the Sinclair clan.

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel

When fire broke out at Rosslyn Castle, four trunks of Templar Treasure was moved to Rosslyn Chapel, which was under construction.  One has to ask, was Rosslyn Chapel its planned destination?

Historical information tells us, four large trunks from the Holy Land, have made their way into a vault within the chapel’s crypt.

Rosslyn Chapel’s construction is a copy of Solomon’s Temple.  As such, these trunks have been placed in a copy building which resembles Solomon’s Temple.

Templars: The Round Church

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Jerusalem lies at the centre of all medieval maps, and became the centre of the crusader’s world.  This became known throughout the world, as the most sacred place in the most sacred city, the supposed site of the burial of Jesus: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

It was here, the Crusader’s inherited a round church, and it was the goal of every pilgrim, who came under the protection of the Knights Templar, to reach the holiest site of all, and give prayer to their God.  For this was the building of all buildings on earth, that must be defended at all costs from its enemies… Many would lay down their lives, defending it at all costs.

The Templar’s built many round churches across Europe, and recreated the sanctity of the most holy place: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  In their eyes they believed if one was buried in a round church, it was as though they had been buried in Jerusalem.

Tomb of William the Marshall

Tomb of William Marshal

One who would be honoured in this way was William the Marshal, Earl of Pembroke who died in 1219, he had been adviser to King John and Regent to the boy King: Henry III.

Marshal who had taken the cross as an old man, laid recumbent with effigies of his sons in defence of their father.

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