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Celibacy, apart from being very boring, is not the natural order of Man's
It was probably the knowledge that abstention was 'unnatural' which led to
being accused of homosexuality.
The strict interpretation of the order to abstain from sexual activity
applied when they
were on 'active service'. It would be wrong to take the celibacy rule too
literally. Men invariably fall short of the ideals they set themselves.
Many knights were married. Fathers and sons often served together or
other in the service of the Order. Some families (including our own) would
have died out
if this had not been so.
Bob Bryden, the Templar archivist in Scotland, confirms that (a) Hughes de
married to Catherine St Clair and (b) they both visited Scotland during the
reign of King
David I (1124 - 1153). There is an old document to that effect which I
have seen. Bob
has had part of it translated at £63 per page but the translator died
before being able to
finish the work. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find anyone who
with Old Latin or, for that matter, Old Scots. For example, I could make
nothing of the
document which I saw. Neither words nor letters were identifiable as
such. It is a highly
skilled task to decipher such documents and the people who are capable of
belong to a dwindling band.
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