Knights Templar, Scotland Preceptory
This preceptory or headquarters at Balantrodoch was part of the long history in Scotland that affected Templars and Freemasons
Here we look further into the Knights Templar in Scotland. This follows the exploration done in Sworn in Secret that examines the essential people and events involved in some possible connections between the Knights Templar and Freemasonry.
When the first Grand Master of the Templars, Hugh de Payens, rode into Scotland in 1128 seeking knights and property to expand his new Order, the Scots were generous to him. Among the grants given to de Payens was a large estate at Balantrodoch, which is now called Temple in honor of its knightly heritage. In this town stands the old Templer church pictured above, set amid a small sea of ancient tombstones.
Walking up the road into town, one looks for an alley on the left between two houses, and follows it into an open field. There the last remnant of the old Templar manor still stands. This archway of carefully carved stones was said to be part of the gatehouse that protected the manor, which would have stood among the nearby trees.
Only four miles away stood Roslin Castle, home of the legendary St. Clair family. The grant of this land to the Templars does not seem to have come from the St. Clairs, but rather from King David I of Scotland. Nevertheless, the Knights Templar and the St. Clairs were neighbors for almost two hundred years, giving rise to questions about what kind of relationship they had during that time.
Sworn in Secret continues that exploration of the Knights Templar and Freemasonry, not just in Scotland but in England, France and many other European countries. Actions that happened in those days long past are still felt today.
© 2014 Santorini
Are the Knights Templar and Freemasons connected in some way? What is the driving force behind Masonry? These and many other intriguing questions are explored in the book Sworn in Secret....
Scottish Masonic kilt