Kilwinning..Home to the Knights Templar..and birthplace of the Freemasons

http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/scotlandfeatures/4279444/Home-to-the-Knights-Templar-and-birthplace-of-the-Freemasons.html

The story begins at the end of the 12th century when the infamous Knights Templar, a highly-trained military order who fought in the Holy Land during the Crusades, returned to Europe.

With their military presence no longer required they remained powerful as bankers and money lenders and many of Europe’s dynasties were indebted to them.

To wipe out his debts to the Templars, King Phillip of France hatched a plot to destroy them.

Backed by the Pope, on the evening of Friday 13th of October, 1307, Templars were arrested all over France and charged with heresy. That earned Friday the 13th its place in superstition for being unlucky — it certainly was if you were being burned at the stake!

But when the Templars’ vaults in Paris were raided, they were found to be completely empty.

The order had been tipped off and moved their gold, silver, gems and sacred relics to a safe place.

Many Templars fled to Portugal and Spain but legend claims they shipped the bulk of their treasures to Scotland where they found safety with their kilted brother Knights led by Robert the Bruce.

But in his brilliant book Born in Blood, American historian John J. Robinson found evidence that the Knights Templar sought refuge with the monks of Kilwinning who lived in the Abbey.

By the late 13th century there were around 600 Templar properties throughout Scotland.

But by far the greatest concentration of them was in Ayrshire around Stevenson, Irvine and Kilwinning.

Kilwinning, with its domineering 12th century Abbey and tower, has a rich history with several valuable relics taken there for safe keeping.

Continue here: http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/scotlandfeatures/4279444/Home-to-the-Knights-Templar-and-birthplace-of-the-Freemasons.html#ixzz1tC2WBhSE

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excellent piece of history which ties a few dots together..how the templars became masons..

401

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~ by seeker401 on May 3, 2012.

One Response to “Kilwinning..Home to the Knights Templar..and birthplace of the Freemasons”

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