The Automomous Grand Priory of Scotland
Scottish Knights Templar
The St.Clairs ( Sinclair )
Many historians portray the St.Clairs as having beeen Knights Templar,
however, they were Crusaders, the St.Clairs were at the Trial of The
Templars at Hoyrood Abbey in 1309 and gave evidence against the Templars.
Some historians state that the St.Clairs owned Balantrodach when they never,
the land was owned only by the Templars gifted by King David I of Scotland,
but they did however own quite a bit of land in Midlothian but never owened
( Temple Village ).
The St.Clairs were on the good side
of King Robert the Bruce they were both great friends, while on a Hunting
trip where Penicuik is today Bruce put a bet on with St.Clair that his
hound would bring down a Deer before his. The chase was on and St.Clairs
hound won the bet, Bruce being the hoest that he was granted St.Clair the
land they were standing on, St.Clair built a Chapel on it dedicated to
St.Catherine, sadly no longer there the land was flooded and is now a
reservoir, it was drained back in te 1960s and nothing is left of the
In 2014 the Earl of Rosslyn had the words " Knight Templar "
removed from the stone that is dedicated to St.Clair, the Earl stated that
he was never a Templar, the stone is in Rosslyn Chapel.