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About Nosameerf

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  1. My lodge and chapter meet there. I hope this turns out to be false, but it wouldn't surprise if it were true from the many management issues that keep arising.
  2. I am responsibly for causing AJM a severe disservice. I have had his thesis for a long time now but haven't commented on it. Firstly, because it goes into such detail that I had to read it carefully and secondly, because I have been busy. I will try and give some details this weekend but I can certainly say that it is a very well produced piece of work and certainly not the usual conspiracy/fiction that I have encountered before. It is thoroughly referenced through-out and leads to some conclusions that would appear to a non-academic like myself, irrefutable. I just want to say thanks to AJM for sending it to me and I would be grateful if he would be able to post some further information with what he is currently up too. :cool:
  3. bod (16/10/2009)I appreciate that AJM is unlikely to be back so he may not respond to this comment Given the relatively low cost of publishing an article electronically compared to print media, and the potentially much larger audience I am at a lost to understand why print was the distribution medium selected. I got myself a nice free digital copy after asking. :D)
  4. AJM (15/10/2009)Cheerio TheFreemason! :cool: Well that's torn it! I was looking forward to having a non-Masonic academic on the forum, for an unbiased opinion so to speak. I hope AJM changes his mind, because I really enjoyed his posts and he always seemed to be very well-informed. I hope that when his book does come out, it is a great success. If it is (and we have no reason to think not), I am sure we will regret some of our comments towards him. This board is about learning and sharing and I believe AJM did just that. I hope you come back and visit us AJM and best of luck. Best wishes, Nosameerf :) I just looked at AJM's website and googled some of the quotes there. Here is a report from The Times: According to new research by AJ Morton, an authority on masonic history, the town housed a community of Knights Templar in the 14th century who may have possessed the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper. According to Christian mythology, Joseph of Arimathea received the Grail from an apparition of Jesus and entrusted it to the Knights Templar, who brought it to Britain. Some accounts suggest it was buried in a secret vault in Rosslyn chapel, Midlothian. However, Morton’s research suggests that, if the Grail exists, it is more likely to have been buried in Kilwinning or Irvine. He has unearthed land records showing 200 Templar properties in southwest Scotland in the 14th century, 30 of them in the Cunningham district of Ayrshire. “Historians have been searching for a Templar haven, a hideaway where disbanded Templars sheltered after their downfall. Several places have been pinpointed, all of them false. Irvine and Kilwinning had the highest concentration of Templars in Scotland,” he said. Rosslyn chapel has enjoyed a stream of visitors following Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, which connected the Templars and their treasures with the chapel. However, Morton believes this version of history is no more than a legend. He has used ancient property records and other documents to prove the presence of Templars in the Ayrshire area. “People like the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, [Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh], Dan Brown, not one of them highlighted the fact that there were just so many Templars in the district of Cunningham in Ayrshire . . . The Templars were Europe’s bankers. When they were destroyed, none of the material was returned, it disappeared, so it is possible that it is in Irvine or Kilwinning somewhere, be-cause it had the largest concentration of Templars possibly in Europe, certainly in Scotland.” “There were no Templars in Rosslyn. The building was built after the Templars were destroyed while Kilwinning Abbey was built shortly after the Templars were created. Rosslyn chapel is an enigma, it is a beautiful building, but it has nothing to do with the Templars,” Morton said. Experts on the history of Freemasonry said Morton’s theory was plausible and an interesting starting point to solve the mystery of Templar history in Scotland. Gerard Carruthers, head of Scottish literature and the Centre for Robert Burns studies at Glasgow University, said: “People go looking for the Holy Grail and the Masonic and Templar connection in Rosslyn. They should actually just do the basic history and look closely at Ayrshire.” Dr Corey Andrews, assistant professor at Youngstown University in the United States and an expert on Scottish Freemasonry, said: “[Morton] does make a good case for the centrality of Kilwinning, particularly as regards to the amount of Templar lands that were located and re-distributed. As far as the treasure — that is going to be open to inquiry, but he has made a good case for arguing that might be a good place to look.” Simon Beattie, interpretations manager at Rosslyn chapel, said: “I am not really concerned about this; visitors will still come out to see the building and we still have enough real history here.” http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/article6719180.ece
  5. AJM (15/10/2009) I only just arrived back home, and sat down to invite (once again) all interested members to request their own free copy, as discussed previously with the administration of this board, so I find all this supremely off-putting. I strongly desired for everyone who wanted a copy to possess one for free, and as soon as possible, so that we could discuss the contents on the board. I must have overlooked the 'free' part. My sincere apologies, otherwise I would have read it a long time ago. I have told my lodge all about research. I can't wait to discuss it! I promise I won't distribute your written material and many thanks. :) Cheers, Nosameerf
  6. My favourite book at the moment is The Origins of Freemasonry by Professor David Stevenson. Taken from the back cover: David Stevenson demonstrates that the real origins of modern Freemasonry lie in Scotland around 1600. With that in mind: Nonetheless, the fact that England can claim the first move towards national organisation through grand lodges, and that this was copied subsequently by Ireland (c.1725) and Scotland (1736)...(Stevenson 1998: p.4) The end date for this study, about 1710, is inevitably arbitrary, but has been chosen as marking approximately the point at which the popularity of masonry in England led to developments there which ended the period of Scottish domination of early freemasonry (Stevenson 1998: p.5). But from the early eighteenth century the English began to innovate and adapt the movement, though Scottish influence remained strong, and at this point England took over the lead in the development of Freemasonry from Scotland (Stevenson 1998: p.6). Stevenson, D. (1998) The Origins of Freemasonry. Cambridge University Press, New York
  7. cuthbert (21/09/2009) 1)This is indeed interesting, where is he going to present his paper?At Quator Coronati? I think this thread may be of interest: http://www.thefreemason.com/community/Topic11366-11-1.aspx
  8. Q) What's the good thing about going out with homeless girls. A) You can drop'em off anywhere! Ahem.
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