Date: 27 October 2009
By CLAIRE SMITH
A MYSTERIOUS carved stone has been uncovered alongside a 12th-century church associated with the Knights Templar.
The stone has been dated to the 12th century. Pictures: Kate Chandler
What appears to be the carved top of a sarcophagus was unearthed when builders were excavating and reinforcing a wall alongside the old ruined church
in Temple, Midlothian.
But the inscriptions, which include symbols similar to those found in Viking monuments, in medieval graves and in West Highland Celtic carvings, have
Crispin Phillips, who is renovating a house alongside The Old Parish Church, said: "I was on a mission to repair the wall – which was falling into
the graveyard. We got near the bottom of the foundations and found something buried there.
"We found one stone carved with a cross and then another with these carvings on it."
Village legend tells of long-lost buried treasure
THE village of Temple in Midlothian takes its name from the Knights Templar, who once had their Scottish Preceptory – their headquarters –
The ruined chapel, which nestles in the valley at the foot of the village, is all that remains of what was once an abbey founded by the Templars on
lands gifted by David I of Scotland in 1127.
Founded during the Crusades, the Templars was a religious order of knights whose mission was to protect Christians in the Holy Land.
Some say they invented international banking, with a system of credit letters used to pass funds to people fighting in the Crusades. The Templars
certainly grew rich and powerful. According to some accounts they were the holders of treasures from Jerusalem.
Local legend says some of this treasure still lies buried in Temple, there certainly will be much more digging, the construction worker who found this
amazing find thought of burying it.
[edit on 29-10-2009 by Aquarius1]