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The following appears in today's Daily Telegraph:
"Masonic Lodge's Secret Scroll "is £8 million treasure" by
A secret scroll which has been hanging in a Masonic Lodge in the Orkney
Islands for almost three centuries is thought to be one of the most
significant recent finds in Britain.
The Kirkwall Scroll, depicting secrets of the Knights Templar, has been
carbon dated to the 15th Century, greatly increasing its
The Masonic Lodge in Orkney was unaware it possessed a priceless medieval
treasure, thinking it was from the 18th Century.
Andrew Sinclair, a Cambridge History Don claims that the little known
Kirkwall Scroll, which he says could be worth £8 million, is second in
value only to the famous 13th Century Mapa Mundi which hangs in Hereford
Cathedral, and was valued at £7 million by Sothebys in 1989.
Mr Sinclair, who heard about the Scroll while researching the history St
Clair Earls of Orkney, said "Its significance is immense. This will
demand the rewriting of Scots medieval history."
Mr Sinclair, a descendant of the St Clairs, was allowed access to the
Scroll and took a piece of it a away for carbon testing. The 18
foot sailcloth hanging is said to contain ancient Freemason and Templar
symbols of great significance, including clues for the trail to the Holy
Parts of the scroll date from the 18th and early 19th Centuries.
The St Clair Earls of Orkney have been strongly associated with the
legendary Knights Templar and secret orders.
Mr Sinclair said the Kirkwall Scroll is unique in that it proves how the
ancient knowledge amassed by the Knights Templar during the Crusades has
been passed on into Freemasonry by the St Clairs, to safeguard it.
But Mr Sinclair's proposal to remove it for safekeeping has incensed the
"Anything is priceless if you've got a market for it, so his
sensation-making claims of it being worth millions mean nothing,"
said a spokesman.
"It is priceless to us and we have safeguarded it well for more than
two and a half centuries."
"No-one can have access without special permission and it is
protected from the light, so we would urge "Leave well alone."
What a timely and wonderful revelation for Sinclair 2000!
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