In the 18th century, some four hundred years after the Templar Order had been forced out of the limelight. They were to emerge as an influential Order within Masonic and Rosicrucian beliefs.
Karl Gottheff, Varon von Hund, founder of the Strict Observance Rite, who established Templar traditions, Templar rules within the Masons. Baron von Hund had been initiated into the Paris Lodge, led by Lord Kilmarnock, Grand Master of Scottish Freemasons, and the Guardians of Templar traditions.
Supporters of the Jacobite cause claimed that a Masonic Lodge had been founded in 1700’s Scotland, and drew its charter from a surviving Templar Chapter, which had been operational for some 700 years, in Bristol.
At his Masonic initiation, von Hund claims to have met with the knight of the Red Feather, better known as Prince Charles Stuart. Baron von Hund went on to found a German branch of the neo-Templar’s in…
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