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RE: Flight of stairs?
Thankyou for your reply and providing insights from your first hand
experiences. Much appreciated.
I don't mean to stir up a hornets nest with rumour and speculation. I do
like to pursue all the loose ends whith details on Rosslyn.
But I would like to provide you with the source of my enquiry. I found the
item again after some searching.
I am not familiar with the source, can anyone explain? From your reply it
seems they have got their information quite wrong.
Mystery Steps near Keep at Rosslyn Castle from Article: A Sinclair Movie:
Fall 1990 Yours Aye
A newly rediscovered stone, in Rosslyn Chapel reflects that William was
Master of the Priory of Knights Templar of Scotland. Recently, rains have
opened a fissure in the vicinity of the Great Keep of Rosslyn Castle. The
fissure has revealed stone steps descending underground. They do not seem
to be worn. Cousin Niven is working with excavators to investigate these
stairs. They do not appear on any plans of the castle. "Templar treasure
or English Bones," only the future will reveal this.
> From: Rory Sinclair[SMTP:email@example.com]
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> Dear Bruce:
> My! What an active rumour mill there appears to be.
> I visit Rosslyn once year (this year twice) and I was just there at the
> of March.
> There was no hint of such a "fissure or stairs" at the Castle and I walk
> around the whole place whenever I am there.
> There may be a conflation of real stories with some fantasy. Here is what
> In 1992 or 93, during filming of the "The Sword and the Grail" based on
> latest (then) on Prince Henry, a stone was lifted in the Chapel floor
> which was always known to cover a set of stairs. The stairs were filmed
> and showed a flight that led down to a blank wall (supposedly put in place
> after the Battle of Dunbar).
> Tantalizing as it would seem, it was understood by all present, you can't
> just start bashing away at walls in a living church so the stone was
> In 1995, some excavation was done outside the crypt and shortly after
> the building was listed by Historic Scotland and hence no future
> can take place without elaborate studies and preparations and those
> entrusted with executing such hypothetical tasks would have to be
> archaeologists. Not impossible but the threshold of "action" is
> considerably higher that it might have been only a decade ago. The focus
> and efforts and money of the Rosslyn Chapel Trust is on the fabric of the
> building which is in dire need -- the excavations, which from our point
> view, is more exciting, simply have to wait until the building itself is
> The Castle is still privately owned by the Earl of Rosslyn and is
> by the Landmark Group and rented out on a weekly basis to those interested
> in staying for holidays. Fissures and staircases would be well known if
> they were there.
> Hope this is helpful.
> Rory (Toronto)
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> From: bruce carlyon <Bruce_Carlyon@syncsoft.com.au>
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> Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2000 10:08 PM
> Subject: RE: Flight of stairs?
> >Dear All,
> >Recently, I read an old posting that described rain as having opened a
> >fissure at the base of the Keep at Rosslyn.
> >Further, it described that a set of stairs could be seen in it that
> >not have been very worn by use.
> >It concluded that Niven would be getting excavators to further
> >the matter.
> >Can anyone advise me of what has transpired and been dicovered from these
> >Yours fraternally
> >Bruce Carlyon
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