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The history of the Mother Lodge dates back to the year 1140 at the building of the Abbey , the ruins of which lie to the rear of the Lodge . The Lodge was founded in the chapter house within the Abbey and remained there until the reformation in 1560 when the Earl of Glencairn , a blood enemy of the Earls of Eglinton who hold a long tradition with the Lodge , sacked the Abbey . Little is known of the masons at this point but they still met at various locations including the Abbey in 1598-1599 , the house in the Crossbrae in the town centre in 1643 ( the " masons howf " ) and the court house of the Earl of Eglinton . In the mid 1700,s the masons decided to build a new Lodge and in 1779 the old Lodge was built at the entrance to the Abbey . Unfortunately 100 years later due to decay and fear of the building collapsing it was demolished and a new Lodge was built 30 yards from the former site and remains there today. The present Lodge was consecrated in 1893.
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Legend says that the Knights Templar deposited their treasures here, part of which is the Enoch's Pillar.
According to one of the rituals of the 33 Degrees of Royal Arch Freemasonry, the remains of Enoch's Pillar ( in three parts) was brought back to Kilwinning by the Knights Templar who had found it under the Mount of Moriah in Jerusalem. [Second Messiah, Lomas and Knight pages 282/286]
In another degree the Brethren of the Church of Jerusalem left after the fall of the Temple as a result of a revolt against the Romans in AD 70 and so headed to Europe. One group came specifically to Kilwinning to set up a new temple which would be a spiritual edifice. Here they deposited their records in an Abbey built c. 1140.
The Masonic researcher J.S. Ward was troubled by this statement found in the old rituals because of the time differences but the Masonic writers Lomas and Knight believe this can be resolved by asserting that the Knights Templar had gone on a mission to the Holy lands of the East (c.1118-1128) to recover records and ancient documents similar to that of the Copper Scroll found in the caves at Qumran near Jericho (1947).
The scrolls and documents etc. were presumed hidden under the Temple during its fall in AD 70. Once recovered by the Knights Templar the treasures were then to be deposited in the Abbey at Kilwinning.
...So it seems that the Knights Templar had found something of great importance in the Holy lands and that it was it brought to Scotland, to Kilwinning for safe keeping.
...There is an oral tradition within the Masonic community of Kilwinning which claims that Moses and Aaron were at Kilwinning.
By theron dunn
skull and crossed bones, which is from an associated order, and, as I recall, was a symbol OF the Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon (Templars), and is associated with masonry.
There is much discussion about the veracity of The Hiram Key or whether it is simply speculation or just a good mental romp on the order of Da Vinci Code.
Originally posted by kegs
Does that mean the Skull and Bones grave at the castle could be the grave of a Templar Knight?
Originally posted by 2012
Shh. No one was to know about this.
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