Rosslyn Chapel is situated in the
Village of Roslin in the east of central
Scotland, 7 miles south of Edinburgh.
Roslin is popular for Rosslyn Chapel,
Castle, and Roslin Glen Country
Park. The Chapel is open for visits
almost every day of the year. Postcode:
EH25 9PU . Chapel
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The image top is of the Rosslyn Chapel
Visitor Centre from the two large car
The second image is of the interior of the
visitor centre with a cafe, shop, and
Rosslyn Chapel was built in 1446 for William
The Crypt of Rosslyn Chapel is believed to
be the oldest part of the Chapel, where some
claim the Knights Templar hid their Treasure in
the 1300s, including the Holy Grail, a
cup that provides eternal youth.
Down behind the Chapel is an old Cemetery
and Roslin Castle, part ruin, part still in use
as a holiday home.
Roslin Glen Country Park is down past the
Castle via a riverside walk, or drive around to
the main south entrance.
The centre of Roslin is about half of a mile
north of Rosslyn Chapel.
Rosslyn Chapel History
1100s? - St Clair's from Saint-Clair in
Normandy, France, travel to England with
William the Conqueror. They later move north to
Scotland, where they become a prominent
1300s - the earliest parts of Roslin Castle
were built for the Sinclair family, Earls of
Caithness, and Barons of Roslin.
1300s early - the Knights Templar were being
persecuted in France by King Philip IV and the
Pope. Some are said to have escaped by boat to
Scotland, taking with them Treasure they had
acquired in the Middle East, including the Holy
Grail. Some Historians claim they visited the
St Clair's at Roslin.
Robert the Bruce was fighting at that time
to become King of Scotland, leading to him
being excommunicated by the Pope. This is why
many people believe the Templar's traveled to
Scotland, as Scotland was then not under the
influence of the Pope.
Some people even claim it was the sight of
these Templar's at the Battle
of Bannockburn, alongside The Bruce, that
led to the English fleeing, although this claim
has never been verified.
1446 - Rosslyn Chapel was built for William
Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness, under the
original name - Collegiate Chapel of St
1544 - Roslin Castle was damaged by fire
when the Earl of Hertford's army attacked
during the War of the Rough Wooing. A
time when Henry the VIII of England wanted Mary
Queen of Scots to mary his son, to unite
Scotland and England. The Castle was rebuilt
1560 - the Scottish Reformation made
Catholic worship in Scotland illegal. The
Sinclair's however, as with many others,
continued to be Catholics in secrete, although
Rosslyn Chapel was closed to the public at that
1650 - Roslin Castle was damaged during the
English Civil War, as many Scots backed the
Royals, leading to the Parliamentarians
1688 - Roslin Castle was again damaged
during the Reformation, a time when the
remaining Catholic's were being pressured to
1861 - Rosslyn Chapel was re-opened to the
public as a place of worship, as a Scottish
1890 - Francis Robert St Clair-Erskine,
fourth Earl of Rosslyn died. He was credited
with restoring Rosslyn Chapel. His grave is
next to the Chapel, easily found with its large
red sandstone Memorial.
1982 to 1988 - the east range of Roslin
Castle was restored for the 7th Earl of
Rosslyn, a descendant of the Sinclairs. That
part of the Castle is now leased as holiday
1980s - Rosslyn Chapel became a place of
interest for people searching for the Knights
Templar Treasure, including the Holy Grail.
2003 - Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci
Code sees Rosslyn Chapel searched for
information on the Nights Templar Treasure.
2006 - a film based on Brown's novel was
made starring Tom Hanks, name the The Da Vinci
Code, with part of the film shot at Rosslyn
Today - The owner of the Chapel is Peter St
Clair-Erskine, 7th Earl of Rosslyn.
Strange Rosslyn, Fact or Fiction -
There is an ornate pillar in the Chapel
named the Apprentice Pillar. The master mason
returned to the building of Rosslyn Chapel to
find an Apprentice had completed the column by
himself. In a fit of anger, the master mason
struck the apprentice on the head with his
mallet, killing him.
There are over 110 carvings of Green Men
throughout the chapel, carvings of human faces
with greenery around them, even growing out of
Carvings also seem to show corn or maize
that was unknown in Europe at the time of
Rosslyn Chapel's construction.
Henry I Sinclair, Earl of Orkney, is claimed
to have traveled to the Americas well before