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Collegiate Chapel of St. Matthew
Rosslyn Chapel, originally named the Collegiate Chapel of St. Matthew, is a 15th century church in the village of Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland. The chapel was designed by William Sinclair (also spelled "St. Clair") of the St. Clair family, a Scottish noble family descended from Norman knights and, according to legend, linked to the Scottish Knights Templar. Construction of the chapel began in 1440, and the chapel was officially founded in 1446. Construction lasted for forty years.
Beth Maxwell Boyle 2005
Beth Maxwell Boyle 2005
The Chapel is famous for two of its pillars: the Apprentice Pillar and the Master Pillar which stand either side of the Journeyman's pillar and have distinctly different carving. Masonic Architects believe these structures could signify the pillars of Boaz and Jachin. The chapel stands on thirteen pillars, forming an arcade of twelve pointed arches, a fourteenth pillar between the penultimate pair at the east end form a three pillared division between the nave and the Lady Chapel.
Sir Walter Scott the writerand poet commissioned craftsmen in 1812
to create a replica of Rosslyn Chapel in the library at Abbotsford House,
"Seem'd all on fire that chapel proud,
Where Roslin's chiefs uncoffin'd lie,
Each Baron, for a sable shroud,
Sheathed in his iron panoply....
Blazed battlement and pinnet high,
Blazed every rose-carved buttress fair--
So still they blaze, when fate is nigh
The lordly line of high Saint Clair."
Lion Water spout on the Chapel
The St Clair family were granted the lands around Rosslyn by Malcolm III of Scotland (Malcolm Canmore) in 1068, when William de St Clair accompanied the Saxon Princess Margaret to marry the Scottish king. Margaret took with her the Holy Rood - believed to be a part of the True Cross. William's grandson, Sir Henry St Clair, was granted the title of Baron of Rosslyn.
See the video of Rosslyn Chapel
By Beth Maxwell Boyle
Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Midlothian,
Scotland, UK, EH25 9PU.
This Page is in Loving Memory of John J. Maxwell
Gum beannaicheadh an Tighearna thu, agus gun gleidheadh e thu:
Gun tugadh an Tighearna air a aghaidh dealrachadh ort, agus biodh e gràsmhor dhut:
Gun togadh an Tighearna suas a ghnùis ort, agus gun tugadh e sìth dhut.
May the Lord bless you and keep/protect you,
May the Lord reveal His face unto you and have mercy.
May the Lord turn His Face unto and give you peace.
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