Knights Templar in Nairn

April 10, 2013 · Filed Under History, Nairn 

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I figure most people are aware of the masonic graveyard for the Thanes of Cawdor, but found an interesting piece on Wikipedia today that mentioned about land ownership by the Knights Templar in Nairnshire:

The Knights Templar had considerable possessions in the County of Nairn, or Moray, in 1296. The following extract is taken from The History of Nairn: “…There is a writ extant granted in their [the Knights Templar] favour at Berwick, addressed to the Sheriff of Invernairn to put them in possession of their lands, they having made submission to Edward I. This was no doubt done. From the deed of conveyance of the Temple lands in the North from Lord Torphichen, the last Master of the Order, it appears that the following were the lands held here “Those two roods of arable land lying within the territory of the Burgh of Nairn, in that part thereof called [blank] possessed by John Rose, burgess of Nairn, and his sub-tenants; those two roods of arable temple land and house lying within the said territory of Nairn, possessed by Hew Rose of Kilravock and his sub-tenants; all and haill those our temple lands called the lands of Pitfundie lying in the said Sheriffdom of Nairn, betwixt the strype that conies from the lands of Brodie on the east, the fludder or myre upon the south side of the common muir called the Hardmuir Map on the south side, the lands of Penick Map and wood of Lochloy Map on the west, and the Euchcarse of Culbyn on the north, for the most part possessed by the lairds of Brodie, and their sub-tenants.” They had also lands at Ardersier Map, which are designated in old charters as Temple Land, Temple Cruik, Temple Bank, Bogschand. They lay partly in the vicinity of the town of Ardersier, between Connage Map and the sea, and between Flemington and the sea. A charter granted at Nairn refers to the locus trialis at Ardersier, doubtless an ancient place of trial by “wager of battle.” The Temple lands of Ardersier were held by Davidsons and Mackays as portioners. They were acquired by Cawdor in 1626. The Temple lands at Brodie and elsewhere appear to have been disposed of about the same time, as in a Brodie, charter of date 1626 the lands of Pitfundie are included in the Brodie estate. The Templars were a religious and military order of Knights who escorted pilgrims to Jerusalem at a time when such pilgrimages were attended by dangers from robbers. They wore a white robe with a red Maltese cross on the breast, and at first were all of noble birth, The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem also had lands in Nairnshire. It is impossible now to identify them. When the Knights Templar were suppressed by Edward II their property was given to the Knights of St. John.[15]


6 Responses to “Knights Templar in Nairn”

  1. Claire Brodie on May 5th, 2013 2:19 pm

    So interesting. I’m researching the Knights for my follow up novel to Gruoch’s Legacy and have a theory how the Knights came to be part of the local scene.

  2. Kerry Nairn on August 29th, 2013 8:36 pm

    Ive been researching my Surname of Nairn now for a few years and I started out with the Heraldry of the Nairn Family coat of arms.The colours are I believe significant,being Argent and Sable.(black and White)THese were the colours of the Templar Battle flag- The Beauceant.Also the Knights of St Johns Livery colours.These 2 orders being the Main Chivalric orders of the Crusades.Black and white is the Masonic Floor and represents their Luciferian doctrine.Youll find that the 3 main Norman Families of Nairnshire- Calder, Rose and Brodie were all Templar Families as were the Bissets who very early owned Lands in Nairnshire.

  3. Margaret Mackintosh on October 9th, 2013 12:36 pm

    Interesting,. There is a tomb of a knights Templar in the graveyard of the old church in the grounds of Gordonstoun School, Duffus, morayshire

  4. Allen on October 13th, 2013 3:22 am

    If you go into the old Grave yard and look along the wall you will find Graves marked with the skull and cross bones next to the wall just inside the gate. Some people say they are pirates others say they were people who died of the plague. However if you read up you will find that this is the symbol that denotes a grave as the resting place of a Night

  5. Allen on October 13th, 2013 3:22 am

    Sorry of a Knight

  6. Claire Brodie on November 12th, 2013 4:37 pm

    Wonderful details from everyone, thank you for sharing.