Freemasonry from an Outsiderís View By
Kelly D Whittaker
Fifteen years ago I was asked to write a
story about King Arthur for a British man. He was actually
going to pay me to write this for use in his business. The
research was very interesting because I learned the myth of the
Knights Templar and how they maybe linked from King Arthur. I
also learned more than I ever thought I would about the Scottish
Freemasonry or Freemasonry in general.
My interest in the Knights Templar grew to
become my own personal quest. I seen too many coincidences
between the writings about the Templars and our own personal
history of our countries. I must clarify at this point, I am
American living in the UK with all my ancestors being British.
My experience with researching was only as genealogist. I
girded myself with many notebooks, ink pens, pencils, index
cards, sticky notes and highlighters. I started out on the
quest for knowledge. My mother was so excited for me that she
actually purchased two books pertaining to the Knights Templar
and Freemasonry. I read both books within a week.
The British man I wrote the story for asked
me to marry him therefore moving to South Carolina from Kansas.
He spoilt me at our first Christmas together by buying me four
books pertaining to King Arthur, the Knights Templar and
Scottish History. These books opened my mind to all the
possibilities. It took me just two months to write a collected
work on King Arthur. I wanted to carry on to the other avenues I
had discovered while writing A New Theory about King
Arthur. I am a member of www.electricscotland.com
(ES) and became friends with the manager, Alastair McIntrye.
Alastair put my work on the growing website. I was so thrilled!
I wanted to do a Knights Templar (KT)
series. Alastair thought it was a great idea. These stories
became very popular but not all factual. I learned this after
my arrival to the UK in 2004. I began to do research on this
side of the pond and soon discovered some of my work on the KT
was not factual. I want all to know, the KT of the crusades are
not the KT of the Freemasons. The KT of Freemasonry used the
code of the ancient KT as a standard to base the branch of the
I have waited 8 years to proceed with my
quest. I went to visit Rosslyn Chapel before the movie, Da
Vinci Code was filmed. A good friend who is also a member
of ES knew of my passion with the KT and King Arthur therefore
telling me about a new book written by Robert L. D. Cooper
named, The Rosslyn Hoax?. I ordered the book. It took
me a week to read this because of the way Mr. Cooper has written
it. I have had to read it a couple of times because there is so
many things to digest. Once I had digested this book, I knew I
must write a story based on the facts Mr. Cooper was able to
The first item to hit me right where it
counts were the first 20 Grand Masters of Scotland.
1. Malcom III 1031
2. Alexander I 1078 - 1124
3. David I 1084 - 1153
4. William the Lion 1143 - 1214
5. Henry Wardlaw ? - 1440
6. James I 1394 - 1437
7. William Sinclair 1404 - 1484
8. William Turnbull ? - 1454
9. Sir Robert Cockeran ? - 1482
10. Alexander Lord Forbes ? - 1491
11. William Elphinston 1431 - 1514
12. Gavin Dunbar 1455 - 1532
13. Gavin Douglas 1474 - 1522
14. George Creighton ?
15. Patrick, Earl of Lindsay ? - 1526
16. Sir David Lindsay 1551 - 1610
17. Andrew Stewart, LO 1548 - 1593
18. Sir James Sandilands ? - 1579
19. Claud Hamilton LP 1543 - 1622
20. James VI & I 1566 - 1625
LO = Lord Ochiltree LP = Lord Paisley
(Pages 39 & 40)
This list Mr. Cooper shared with the public
was a gold mind for my own personal genealogy, providing me with
a better understanding why I was searching for my light.
The Rosslyn Hoax? Answered many questions I had
about actual facts of the Knights Templar. The Second good
point made by Cooper is:
A. Robert the Bruce was in
hiding seven years before the battle of Bannock Burn.
B. Bruce had several battles
in these seven years without any help From the hiding KT.
C. Argyll was a very busy area
for shipping, yet there was no records of the KT landing or
living in this area.
D. There were two KT captured
and turned over to the English. Page 214
The actual documented evidence does not hint
or verify the KT was the unknown force at the battle of Bannock
Burn park. Barbourís account is translated and printed on page
Then he (Bruce) sent all the small folk and
carters, with equipment and provisions in the Park a good way
away from him, and had them go (away) from the divisions; they
went the way he orderedÖthe king had them all be ready for he
knew that his enemies lay all night at the FalkirkÖ
The translation goes on to explain how the
15,000 strong with their grand banners and yelling scared the
daylights out of the English army. This supporting evidence lays
to rest the myth the Knights Templar were the unknown force at
There are many tombstones across Scotland
with knights upon them. The KTís tomb stones were more
precise. The ones found in Scotland where of knights but not of
As a lover of the legend of Knights Templar,
all this information was very overwhelming. The Rosslyn
Hoax?, has much more facts allowed to the public than any
books I had read while living in the States.
Rosslyn Chapel was built by Freemasons for
the private use of the Sinclair family. ďThe mission of William
St Clair was to recreate the underground vaults of Herodís
Temple exactly as Hugues de Payen and the other knights
(templar) had found them over three hundred years earlier.Ē Page
St Clair had a dream, one he did not get to
see completed in his life time. Oliver St Clair, Williamís son
did put a roof on and decorated the inside of the structure but
left it basically as it is to this day.
Oliver Cromwell and General Monk both
recognised Rosslyn Chapel to be Masonic therefore did not
destroy it as they did Rosslyn Castle. They both acknowledge
the Masonic ties of Rosslyn but nothing was mentioned of Knights
Templar in either oneís diaries.
I am not a MBA or PhD but I do want to tell
you what I saw upon my arrival to Rosslyn Chapel.
The outside of the building is much larger
than the inside of it. The carvings are magnificent.
My family outside
Ceiling of Rosslyn Chapel.
This is a very Gothic style church. Every
part of the interior is covered in carvings. I was covered in
chill bumps when I entered the Chapel. I was drawn to the
Window of Death. One could feel the turmoil placed upon this
ancient building over the years.
I went down to the older chamber. This
chamber was very plain. There were a few artefacts laying along
the walls. There was a room off to the right that housed a very
old cabinet. I was more impressed with the artwork upon it than
the old chamber.
The work of the masons was all around me. My
ancestors were represented in this work. The Chapel represented
to me, an early or possibly the first Non-denominational church
in existence. Did the chapel hold secrets - very probable but
did it hold treasures? Treasure is what each person holds
precious to them. I believe knowledge is a treasure and the
knowledge of the Knights Templar was growing more every day.
The Freemasons are just normal men who have a
trade. Freemasons are normal people who have excellent
records. I belong to a non profit organization called the
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. We are a
private benevolent group who must have an ancestor who served in
the American Revolution. We are a very patriotic group of
ladies who does fund raisers for many causes. I believe the
Freemasons are basically the same.
My ancestors were all Confederates or from
the South during the American Civil war. There was a group of
men in Tennessee who started the Klu Klux Klan after the War
Between the States ended. The KKK carried the Rebel flag and
did many atrocities to many people. This group gave a very bad
reflection on the Rebel Flag and anyone who carried it. The KKK
took many references from the Masonic Lodge. This too was a bad
reflection on the Masons.
Dan Brownís fictitious book, Angels and
Demons, is very well written but states the Illuminati
infiltrated the Freemasons, ďA secret society inside a secret
society.Ē This is purely fictitious and only in the interest of
My grandfather was a mason as were many of my
friends. I know they believe in God and must find their light
in this world. I must state, the Masons I have met are very
talented in their field as well as very supportive of their
causes they support.
The view point from this essay is based on
the years of research I have accomplished in my hunt for the
Little Red Cross. The Masons are a powerful group because they
are talented men and women. They are not political as a group
only as individuals. I strongly recommend Robert LD Cooperís,
The Rosslyn Hoax?. The Freemasons are subject to much scorn
because they are a large Order who is secretive in their
meetings. I think some of the scorn might be jealousy. Again,
this is the view point of an outsider who was born into a very
long line of Masons.
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