Templar Lore


The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar – Steven Sora

The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar: Solving the Oak Island MysteryWell, well, well. What’s this one all about then? A very, very strange, very, very cleverly constructed shaft on an island in a bay in Nova Scotia that has so far defied all attempts at excavation. Who would sink such a cunning shaft and what lies at the bottom?

The author thinks it would have to be something pretty damn valuable for it to be worth going to all that trouble for. Pirate gold perhaps? There are some links in the area to Sir Francis Drake, Elizabeth the First’s legitimised high seas thug. Could he have sequestered away some of his hard earned pillaging from the Spanish bullion fleets here? Or maybe some other pirate’s bounty sits at the bottom of the so-called money-pit awaiting someone clever enough to overcome the booby-traps?

There is another candidate. It is rumoured that the Knights Templar had advance warning of the issuance of the Papal Bull announcing the demise of the order on Friday 13 th October 1307, and spirited the treasure of the Paris Temple away to their ships before Philip the Fair could lay his grubby hands on it. The Templar fleet left their base at La Rochelle and sailed out of history, never to be heard of again. Amongst other things, the treasure was said to include the lost hoard from the Temple of Jerusalem as well as whatever Messrs. Hugues de Payen and co. had uncovered during their highly dodgy excavations under the Temple Mount between 1118 and 1127.

Did the treasure find its way via a specially constructed chapel in southern Scotland to Nova Scotia’s Money Pit? Rosslyn Chapel, an edifice we have visited personally, does have some exceedingly weird carvings amongst which are depictions of plants which at the time could only be found on the North American continent. So what, you might say? Well, the strange thing is that these carvings were made several decades before Columbus is accredited with the discovery of America. Is this evidence that the Sinclair family (some members of which are known to have participated in voyages of discovery) removed the hoard buried beneath Rosslyn to a place of greater safety? The author certainly thinks so.

To back up his hypothesis, Steven Sora fills in a lot of background, much of which will be familiar to regular visitors to this website; the story of the Templars after their forced dispersal, their subsequent involvement in the Scottish Independence movement, and the mystery of Berenger Sauniere and Rennes-le-Chateau.

So, what’s down the pit? It’s a very clever piece of engineering. Who’ll be smart enough to outfox the designer?

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