Templar gravestone found with mysterious markings

Published on October 29th, 2009 | by Admin

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Two gravestones, one carved with mysterious markings, has been found at the former medieval stronghold of the Knights Templar.

The ancient stones were unearthed under a gateway leading from a ruined medieval church to the adjoining manse in the village of Temple, Midlothian. One, believed to be of 10th-century origin, is marked with a simple early Christian cross. The second appears to be from a later era and is decorated in a much more puzzling style.

Possibly carved for a knight, it features a braided cross, a sword and a shield, which is marked with strange shapes in the style of “Pac-Man”. Wary locals note that the markings bear a striking resemblance to the characters in the 1970s arcade game and fear that they may lead to UFO enthusiasts arriving in the village en masse.

The location of the stones lends the discovery a further piquancy. Seven miles (11 kilometres) away lies Rosslyn Chapel, the astonishingly ornate church made famous in Mr Brown’s thriller The Da Vinci Code. Legend has it that the Holy Grail is hidden in its secret vaults.

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8 Responses to Templar gravestone found with mysterious markings

  1. Amanda says:

    What a wonderful blog! I’ve really enjoyed this article in particular.

    I’m very dubious about the whole Roslyn Chapel, think.

  2. Regarding a certain Preceptor-Master of the Knights Templar c.1204, at what is now the village of Temple,
    Scotland, although an Englishmam,!, his name being John de-Usflete (other early scribe-forms, e.g., Husflete, etc.),type Raymond E.O.Ella in a http://www.google.co.uk searchbox and click, then scroll-down to “Reedness & Ousefleet” and click, etc.

    Kind regards,
    Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).

  3. Correction:typing error:
    The year for John de-Usflete (Husflete) has Preceptor-Master mentioned in our previous posting should be the year 1304. He was at Temple for 2 years.

    Kind regards,
    Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).

  4. Typing error in our previous posting:

    The year for the Preceptor-Mater at Temple named John de-Usflete (Husflete, etc.) was 1304. He was there for 2 years.

    Kind regards,
    Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).

  5. Typing error in our previous posting:

    The Preceptor-Master at Temple named John de-Usflete (Husflete, etc.) was there in the year 1304. He was there for 2 years.

    Kind regards,
    Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).

  6. Typing error in our previous posting:

    The Preceptor-Master at Temple named John de-Usflete (Husflete, etc.) was there in the year 1304. He was there 2 years.

    Kind regards,
    Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).

  7. To view a picture of the Usflete (Husflete, etc) coat-of-arms, type Francis Haldenby in a http://www.google.co.uk searchbox and click, then go to “Adlingfleet”. Usflete is 3rd. from left on the top row of the Haldenby family’s shield, directly over the one for the Ella family. Both have 3 fleur-de-lis on, yet Usflete’s has another heraldic order.

    Kind regards,
    Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).

  8. Jane says:

    Hi,
    R.E.O.Ella has some interesting pics regarding the Templar John de Usflete:
    http://www.ipernity.com/home/510485

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