Letter of the month: March 2002
From: "tish53" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 18:56:26 MST
} Who and what is Jack DeMolay? Was he the founder of the youth's
} version of demolay? What is his background, etc. Thx
} Tish <><
To: "tish53" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: DeMolay?
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Thu, 28 Mar 2002 18:56:26 MST."
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 21:39:42 -0500
Jaques deMolay was the last grand master of the mediaeval order of
The Templars were founded in 1128 as a religious and military order,
with the assignment of patrolling the roads in and around the Holy Land,
to keep them safe for Christian pilgrims. By the year 1307, the
Templars had become powerful and prestigious order, envied by kings and
popes. They were able to organize trade and banking arrangements all
over Europe and into the Middle-East, which of course made them wealthy.
In 1307 the King of France conspired with the Pope to arrest all of
the Templars and accuse them of heresy and blasphemy. Nearly all of the
Templars in France and several other countries were seized and
imprisoned. The head of their order, deMolay, was tortured and executed
There are many legends about the Templars:
- According to chronicle and legend, deMolay was a good leader and
was faithful to God and to his brother Templars even under torture,
until the end of his life. For this reason, he was chosen as an example
of courage and fidelity when several Masons decided to invent an
organization for young men.
- Some people believe that a few of the French Templars escaped
arrest in 1307 and fled to Scotland, where they married into the local
aristocracy and formed the nucleus of the successful Scottish rebellion
against English dominion. (Have you seen the movie Braveheart? There
are no Templars in that, but according to the people who believe this
theory, there should have been.) The proponents of this theory further
believe that the Templar rituals were combined with the customs of the
Scottish stonemason guilds of the time, which is the origin of
You can take or leave these theories as you like.
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