There is so much I want to write about, where to begin?
700 years ago history took a new turn, the Crusades were directed by Christians against Muslims, and the mightiest of all the Crusaders were the
Knights Templar. Their doings in Palestine, and their strength in Mainland Europe are of less controversy, it is in Scotland you will find the
greatest controversy of all. What happend to them?
To set a mood, I want to first bring up a little about what I have found of the Scotts, and their wars with England in late 1200s, early 1300s.
The Stone of Scone is of first interest, for two reasons. First because upon it was written (In celtic? but translated into latin? Possibly always
in latin, maybe a scott here will know?
) "If the Destiny prove true, then the Scots are known to have been Kings where'er men find this
This is interesting, because the Stone was taken by Edward I king of England, its inscription marked off, and placed at the foot of the throne in the
Tower of London.
Another translation reads similar except the end is "The kings of Scotland shal rule where ere the stone is." or such, I don't speak lating so I
don't know for sure. "The Temple and the Lodge, by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh"
There is much history involved with King Edward fighting Robert the Bruce, before the Knights Templar were targeted by the church, they fought for
Edward, and the Master of England, and the Preceptor of Scotland died in battle for Edward on July 1298, fighting a revolt at Falkirk against Wallace
(if Wallace did indeed exist). "The Temple and the Lodge pg 27"
This is odd because the Knights Templar swore never to fight a Secular war. What? Well what was so religious about the fighting in Scotland?
Well one supported theory is that Scotland at the time was still a strongly celtic nation, and Rober the Bruce was not a "real Christian" but
belonged to the Celtic Church at the time. This church by today's standards would be considered a varient form of Christianity, but by that time's
standards, there was only one Christianity and this form was considered heretical, and used by Edward as propoganda.
Later on I believe I've read that it was in 1306, Robert the Bruce was excommunicated, and could have cared less.
So could the initial Templar involvement have been spurred by a need to prevent the rise of a less than Roman Catholic kingdom? Esepcially one with
such a prophecy.
Now in 1306 it would seem the prophecy would be a load of manuer, but in 1307 everything changed.
The Templars themselves now found themselves on the recieving end of the Papacy's wrath, and what French Templars could, packed up their wealth, and
"Dungeon Fire and Sword -- John J. Robinson at the moment and The Temple and the Lodge" both go into where did this group of Templars end up?
Well in western england, there is nothing but solid evidence, written in their tombstones, that the Templars found their way to the "heretical"
Scotland, now the prophecy of the Stone of Scone could be fulfilled.
One concieved reason for Robert the Bruce's victory over King Edward, was that the Now Heretic Templars had aided him with men, and money. Men once
of the Church, now fighting for a man who believed that Spirits could give him aid in questions. 'Men said he fostered on the sly, a spirit that
would give reply, to any question that he pleased.' "Barbour, The Bruce
So, Scotland is free, big deal, the Stone of Scone is no longer in Scotland, it is in England.
On the side, I've seen but not read a book entitled something like "The Two Reasons Scotland Built the Modern World" or shaped, something about
lesser known history. Back to subject.
So how is it that Scotland would govern the actions of England? Freemasonry.
In the same time as Robert the Bruce, Stone Masons of Europe were building the Cathedrals of Christianity. And many found themselves far to the
north, in Scotland.
It is evident that Templars, became Stone Masons themselves. Many Templar tombs had been found with Masonic Squares and compasses (note: not in the
fassion you see today, but one or the other), in Churches in Argyll, and else where near western Scotland. "The Temple and the Lodge"
So now Templars, were introduced into Masonry, is this where Freemasonry inherits its rituals of the Temple of Solomon? Only two organizations in the
world gathered in a place representing King Solomon's Temple. The Knights Templar literally did, building upon and exivating the historical site
itself. Where the Dome of the Rock is today. And Freemasonry, which gathers in a metaphorical place that is King Solomon's Temple. "Born in
Blood, by John Robinson"
If the Templars did infact merge with Stone Masons, and later became the Freemasons, to whatever degree, that the slight bit of evidence both
historically and physically does give. Then the Stone of Scotland's prophecy proves true.
For the stone resided in England, and the last of the Templars, effected by their wars for Scotland, whose churches show profound celtic influence,
even those built well into the 1400s, found their way to London.
Freemasonry, powered by the mightiest Empire the Earth had ever seen, spread all over the world, and still resides all over the world. Thanks to
London, the throne of that Empire, who carried with it a prophecy that the Scots would rule wherever the stone shall go.
The stone went to London, and London wrapped her cloak around the world.
So the final question in this part of the discussion is...
...what is Masonry doing?
It was born in crusade and in structure, it is the machination of two ideals, building, and crusade. So has it carried a message, even if not a
concious one, nor damaging one, around the world. A crusade possibly to lessen the strong grip of the Roman Church from Christian neck's. A crusade
to bring the world together? Or is there a much more sinister and concious crusade that not even those who are most publically high in Masonry,
[Edited on 8-3-2003 by Hammerite]