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.
The Priory of Spain held its election for Prior General recently and the Priory of Portugal has an election comming up. It has been decided that the new elected Priors will be invested during the upcoming meetings and investitures in New Jersey.
The new Prior General of Spain is Fr+ Manuel Quintanilla (in the photo). We expect to have news from Portugal shortly.
So, if you are a member of the Order and wish to attend this very special occasion, please add to your calendar the following event:
Investiture of the Prior General of Spain, Fr+ Manuel Quintanilla
Investiture of the Prior General of Portugal, to be announced
December 17th., 2006
Please add to your calendar the following event:
The 16th and 17th of December the Commandery of New Jersey under the Priory of Portugal will be holding an investiture. All Knights and Dames of the Order are welcome to attend. If you wish to do so, please contact the “Templar Globe” and we will forward your request to Fr+ Dantas, Commander of New Jersey.
The Magisterial Council will hold the last meeting of 2006 in the United States. The meeting will take place the 15 and 16 of December in the city of Elizabeth, NJ.
The Council will address the problems that have arisen recently and will proceed with the reforms that have been undertaken in the past year.
December 16 – 17
Magisterial Council Meeting
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