Originally posted by Masonic Student
To all the brothers here and anyone intrested.
Simlply out of curiosity, how many hold to the "from the operative" theory and how many hold to the "from the english templars" theory? Or a
third or fourth theory for that matter? I'm refering to the origens of Free Masonry.
As for me I've come around to the "from the english templars" theory myself.
It is my belief (and I do intend to investigate next year in Scotland) that when the Templar where persecuted the Scots harbored and assisted in
protecting Templar activity off the coast of Scotland, citing the Templar navy engaged in pirate activity against the English and French disrupting
trade in retaliation..
While in hiding living as normal Scots would, they took in local folk lore and various Gaelic culture, mixing with Christianity, Judaism and various
other mythological religions..
It came together after I would say 150 years or so of hiding into an actual brother hood, fashioned after Gaelic Druidic orders, including the three
degrees to membership and so on..
The Templar / Masonic groups even engaged in several battles with the Scotts against the English ensuring their protectorates survival until they
willingly signed over to the United Kingdom, which I believe was very much so Masonic involved..
There is quite a bit of evidence I see to support my claims, including in Roslyn Chapel all over the walls and pillars is...... the Green Man..
An estimated 150 green men reside in Roslyn Chapel.
The Green Man is most typically within Gaelic culture expressed in association with rebirth.
Within the craft its self I see as the most significant indications to Gaelic influences within the verbal communication -- every thing must be
memorized, the objective is threw word of mouth are the secrets of the craft pass down to those seeking further or more light, and the degree system
its self which Gaelic culture in the form of druidic religions have used for thousands of years.
This is just a very short description of my hypothesis.. I can't wait for the chance to study early Masonic architecture and literature in Scotland
for my self.