Ed Mooney’s History Challenge – The Story of Rosslyn Chapel

for Ed’s wonderful history challenge on Wednesdays I am resurrecting an old post I did on a fascinating subject. Many of you already have seen this post but for those that haven’t I hope you find it as interesting as I do.

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one of the gargoyle spouts

Click on the link or on the gargoyle for more on the mystery of Rosslyn Chapel

the runes of the gatekeeper's daughter

(no photography allowed inside)

Along with the standing stones and stone circles that mark the Gaelic landscape in Scotland, another place of great mystery is Rosslyn Chapel. As anyone who has read “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” or “The DaVinci Code” knows, the chapel supposedly contains many secrets and treasures hidden by the Knights Templar (or their successors)  in secret passageways. The most precious of these was said to be the holy cup of the Last Supper.

The Gael

It isn’t too far from Edinburgh by the Midlothian city bus, and although I’ve visited before, my excitement still mounts when I see the signpost announcing Roslin village ahead and knowing that Rosslyn Chapel is nearby. Rosschurch

The church was built by William Sinclair, a son of the Earl of Orkney, in the 1400s.  The Sinclairs original name was St.Clair revealing the Norman connection to the family. William who was considered a ne’er do well by his…

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