Historic stone found at Temple church

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A HISTORIC artefact has been found within the grounds of the church ruins in Temple, with those who made the discovery believing it may be part of a Knight Templar slab.

The fascinating find was made by Chevalier Archie Young and Chevalier Robert Hunter,. who are both Scottish Knights Templar of the Commandery of Jacques de Molay 1314, a group which aims to promote Scotland’s history and preserve culture, tradition and heritage.

In the 12th century Temple was the headquarters of the Knights Templar, a Christian military order, in Scotland and both men were keen to visit the county as part of a project.

Chevalier Young said: “I was drawn to what looked like an insignificant little stone lying within the old ruined church. I took a photo of it and when I zoomed in on it on my computer at home I thought I could see a date on it.

“The stone was obviously covered in lichen and was fairly hard to make out so I used a paint package on my computer and was amazed when I revealed what is called a Floral Cross.

“I immediately called Chevalier Hunter to tell him and we both agreed that it may be a Knights Templar Baculus — the staff of office for either a Knight or an Abbot.”

Chevalier Young, who lives in Gilmerton, then called in the experts and local archaeologist David Connolly reported that the stone may be from between the 13th and 15th centuries.
The stone has now been passed on to Historic Scotland for further tests to determine the exact date of it and whether it is from Temple originally.

Chevalier Young added: “If the stone dates as 13th to 14th century then by all means this is part of a Knight Templar slab. If it is a later date then it will be a Knight of St John (Hospitaller). It is a remarkable discovery for the area and especially for a little church.”

in, Midlothian Today.


7 thoughts on “Historic stone found at Temple church

    Archie Young said:
    December 27, 2006 at 4:01 pm

    Hi, I would like to confirm that the Templar stone I dicovered at Temple is from beween the 13th to 14th century.

    Archie Young said:
    January 12, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    The stone found at Temple Midlothian has now been delivered to Roslin Chapel, the stone is on display in the crypt.

    Gary Bellinger said:
    August 7, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Congratulations Arch—–what a worderful find.Please keep me informed as to anything further.


    Marie Orr said:
    April 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Congratulations Archie .. For finding the Stone.
    Wish you well.


    Gary Bellinger said:
    September 28, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Congratulations Arch.Marie sent me the article.
    Hello and a hug to Helen.


    Modron Whiteraven said:
    August 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I think I saw you on tv last night .It was concerning the 13 treasures of Merlin.”Avalon and Merlin are some of my long interests.There are those in my ancestry that seem to be those ones .If one is to believe the ancestry there .
    My people have been in America for 4 hundred years.You stuck out ,so was trying to see if you had your own site.Bless you,sir.Modron

    George Mackenzie GOTJ Chancellor OSMTH , Knights Templar Masonic , Knights of Malta + said:
    January 15, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Hi Archie
    congratulations on finding the stone hope to see you soon , all the very best . Give my best to Brother Robert ,

    Yours Fraternally
    George Mackenzie Esq +

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