Shortly after Bill began to cover the subject on his radio broadcast, a motion picture was released in 1995 called 'Braveheart', spuriously depicting the life of Medieval Scottish warrior Sir William Wallace. Although Wallace was an heroic & influential figure in his own right (Wallace slew the Grand Master of the English Templars in single combat at the Battle of Falkirk 1298), much of the plot of the film was actually taken from the life & events of Wallace' contemporary King Robert The Bruce, who was the Scottish commander at the Battle of Bannockburn. Bannockburn, just outside Stirling, was the most decisive battle ever fought between the English & the Scots, as it was pivotal in securing Scottish Independence after a series of wars lasting over 30yrs & was fought on the 23rd/24th of June (the summer solstice to the medieval man), in 1314AD.....the year Grand Master of the Templars Jacques De Molay was executed.
Many non Scots were deeply affected by the movie including Bill (& me), & the film itself could be said to have totally regenerated Scotland through the tourist trade....but it was a veiled hatchet job on Bruce. The films star & director Mel Gibson it may be remembered was involved in another blood soaked historical epic in 'The Passion Of Christ' & a supposedly drunken 'It's the Jews' diatribe a decade later, but my point here is that there's a cover up, the story of Scottish Independence was dramatised out of all recognition by Hollywood, immediately after Bill covered it on the Hour Of The Time, & if you think that I'm exaggerating Bill's reputation why do you think it was that a plethora of fake, dis-info radio hosts (some now household names) emerged on the scene just after Bill began his show? Or maybe it was just coincidence.
Bruce was known in Scotland to future generations as 'Braveheart' because of a 14th Cen poem written about him by John Barbour. As the story goes, Bruce asked on his deathbed for his heart to be taken from his body after death & presented at the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem (Bruce must have considered Palestine safe enough for pilgrims now the Muslims were back in charge) & for his liege men to choose from among them one who would bring it, his Nobles chose Sir James Douglas. En route to the Holy Land, Douglas & his Scottish entourage were asked by King Alfonso of Spain for aid in his war against the Moors; 'Tradition has it that Douglas, realising that he could not escape, took Bruce's heart from the casket about his neck & flung it ahead of him into the midst of the Moors, crying: "Forward, brave heart, as ever thou were wont to do, & Douglas will follow thee or die". The Muslims respectfully allowed the Spaniards to recover the bodies of the dead Scots & Bruce's heart to be returned to Scotland. Among those who died with Douglas that day were Sir John & William St Clair (later Sinclair), whose descendents built Rosslyn Chapel, so famously depicted in the Da Vinci Code. The head family of the Piory de Sion today are called 'Plantard de Saint-Clair' it may be noted.
In Braveheart, Bruce was portrayed as an ineffectual lightweight although the truth of the matter was anything but the case. There are two undying traditions in Scotland regarding Bruce, one is that Bruce betrayed Wallace & the other is that fugitive Knights Templars tipped the balance for Bruce at Bannockburn. The first has no grounds in historicity whatsoever. Bruce, as did all the Nobles (bar Wallace), eventually 'Came into the Kings peace' (in 1302) as the term goes. It was Bruce alone though who was accused by the English King as feigning loyalty, as was the case when he risked his own neck by saving Wallace's in a skirmish where Wallace was penned in at Selkirk Forest & Bruce had to flee England when Wallace was captured after being warned his own arrest was imminent. Wallace's brothers were continual members of Bruce's retinue & helped Bruce claim the throne some 6 months after Wallace's execution, but it was Bruces brother Edward who was the go between between Bruce & Wallace when Wallace was a fugitive. In other words, Wallace was helping Bruce in his bid to become King & cast off the yoke of the English. So that should clear that up.
As for the latter legend, again none of the contemporary or modern day authorities give any mention of it. My guess is, whilst it's likely that some Templars made it to the Court of Bruce, these tales on the whole derive from a familiar source. Authors of the 'Temple & The Lodge' (1991) Baigent & Leigh (Freemasons themselves) hypothesise Bruce as acting surreptitiously in concert with the Knights Templars, leaving the reader with the overall impression that Bruce may have been a Templar himself. Whereas Mackey's Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry has this to say; 'The introduction of Freemasonry into Scotland has been attributed by some writers to Robert, King of Scotland, commonly called Robert Bruce, who is said to have established in 1314 the Order of Herodom, for the reception of those Knights Templar who had taken refuge in his dominions from the persecutions of the Pope & the King of France'. Mackey, however fails to give a reference for his assertion so I guess we'll never know for sure. One thing we do know for sure is, despite being compelled into being a man of war, Bruce was a Christian. There's many instances of him reverently holding vigil in church or going on a pilgrimage, something he'd never have done if he were a pagan Knight Templar.
Whatever the truth of the matter, it seems Edward Longshanks was; 'Baron de Westerode, who wrote in 1784, in the Acta Latomorum (i, page 336), gives the earliest origin of any Masonic writer to the Degree of Rose Croix. He supposes that it was instituted among the Knights Templar in Palestine, in the year 1188, & he adds that Prince Edward, the son of Henry III of England, was admitted into the Order by Raymond Lully in 1296' - Mackey's Encyclopaedia Of Freemasonry
In the film Braveheart, Wallace chases the English all the way to York, where the town is besieged & taken by the Scots. Suffice to say this did not occur, however Bruce did defeat an English army nearby & the King of England had to flee to the toon in his nightdress. To me this is significant, again from Mackey's Encyclopaedia, 'York, the county seat of Yorkshire, lying 88 miles north of London, with a population in 1930 of about 85,000, is one of the oldest cities in England, & one of the most famous cities in the world. Next after London itself, Speculative Freemasonry's mother city, it is also the great Masonic city'. Maybe this is the reason that so many momentous events occur in 'New' York.....?
Another coincidence to this mystery is dates. Bannockburn was fought on the 24th (23rd) of June, feast day of St John the Baptist, the Winter Solstice as we know is represented by his cousin Jesus, Mackey says it was Bruce that created the Order of St Andrew of the Thistle on June 24th 1314 & for good measure the Grand Lodge of England was formed on the 24th June 1717.
Magnus Magnusson in his book 'Scotland: The Story of a Nation', recounts a story suggesting that in 1296, Edward I (Longshanks) removed from Scone & placed beneath the coronation throne in Westminster Abbey for the next 700 yrs, not the Stone Of Destiny (Coronation Stone), but a replica hewn by the Monks of Scone, the real stone being dropped in shallow waters out of sight in a nearby loch & brought out again for Bruce's coronation ten years later. Moot point (Scottish joke there) perhaps? Maybe, until one realises the history of this 'Stone Of Destiny'. It was said to be the stone upon which Jacob rested when he dreamed about his ladder (an incredibly significant concept in Freemasonry as it represents the grades of the initiatory process), it was also said to be the stone which resided in the Holy of Holies in Solomons Temple in Jerusalem. Added to that was the fact that Bruces daughter was the co-founder of the Stewart Dynasty, said (by themselves) to be of the line of King David.
'Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner [stone], a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.' - Isaiah 28:16
'Divide your stone into the four elements, then join them together again as one, & you will have the whole magisterium.'
- Hermes Trismegistus
(See Bill's show on the 'Philosophers Stone' for further reference)
Incidentally there's a curious link between alleged Templars Bruce & Christopher Columbus; 'Is there any reason to believe that Christopher Columbus knew anything about Prince Henry Sinclair's voyage to America? His daughter, Elizabeth, passed the story along to her son, who told his in-laws, who were the parents of Columbus's wife!'......'Some may recall that a Sinclair was among the Scots killed by the Moors in Spain while carrying the heart of Bruce to the Holy Land.' (clansinclairsc.org).
Small world eh?
On the many Templar gravestones dotted around Scotland the Knight is seen resting his feet on a dog or instead there's a set of skull & bones. On his grave in Dunfermline Abbey (where I was married) Bruce is depicted as resting his feet on a golden lion & a cast of his skull lies in a glass case some 20ft from the altar under which he lies. At the site of the Bannockburn battlefield of course stands a rotunda with a huge flagpole just off-centre in the middle, dedicated by the local Lodge.
Sketch of the exhumed body of Edward 'Longshanks' I (1774)
There was no need to embellish William Wallace's life story out of all proportion because it stands tall enough on it's own merits. Something else I've noticed concerning Robert Bruce is that he's hardly ever depicted in film & when he is it's done disparagingly, yet he's one of the most famous & valiant kings Europe ever knew. George Washington in America the same, I don't remember seeing him depicted in any great depth or film of note, even the one starring Mel Gibson released shortly after Braveheart. So something else is at work here with these stories & I'm not entirely sure what that is, I do know this though, a year after Braveheart was released this happens; 'In 1996, in a symbolic response to growing dissatisfaction among Scots at the prevailing constitutional settlement, the British Conservative Government decided that the stone should be kept in Scotland when not in use at coronations. On 3 July 1996, it was announced in the House of Commons that the stone would be returned to Scotland, & on 15 November 1996, after a handover ceremony at the border between representatives of the Home Office & of the Scottish Office, it was transported to Edinburgh Castle. The stone arrived in the Castle on 30 November 1996 & it remains alongside the crown jewels of Scotland (the Honours of Scotland) in the Crown Room. The handover occurred on St Andrew's Day [November 30], a day in honour of the patron Saint of Scotland, & Prince Andrew, Duke of York [my emphasis] was the Queen's representative' - Wikipedia
Other events in 1996 included;
As noted, Scotland received a huge increase in tourism because of the film Braveheart, but how much of the vast sums of wealth filtered down to the common man I can't say, although at a guess I'd say nothing. Here's my reason for saying that. The year after Scotland reclaimed the replica of the Stone of Scone, the UK parliament in London gave Scotland 'Devolved' (sounds like a backward step to me) powers, allowing for a Scottish Assembly & autonomy on tax policy, this occurred on September 11th 1997. Given that the main political party in Scotland at the time was the socialist 'Labour Party' (identified as an arm of French Freemasonry by Nesta Webster in 1924), then taxes can only go up & they did. Moreover, Scotland became more Nationalist, leading eventually to the Scottish Nationalist Party ascending Labour as the largest political party & by 2014 Scotland was given a referendum on independence. People from all over the world were allowed to vote on this one as long as they were 'resident' in Scotland & over 16. Coincidentally, the same Labour Government (under Tony Blair) that had allowed Scotland it's devolved powers, had previously allowed millions of immigrants from all over the world to enter the UK, as had subsequent governments. So after narrowly losing out on the Independence Vote, the traditionally European orientated Scottish Nationalists held their breath as the UK as a whole voted in 2016 on whether to leave the European Union, & it did by another narrow margin.
In 2005, the BBC began to show Scotland as being much smaller than it actually is on it's weather maps.
There has to be a reason for all this bad run of luck & royal historian Laurence Gardner believed he had the answer. In his 'Bloodline of the Holy Grail', chapter; 'House of the Unicorns', he writes this; 'After many failed attempts to gain control of Scotland, the English Parliament had discovered a strategic route to Scottish possession - one that may well have been devised before James was invited to succeed. Once James was settled on the united thrones , a solution to the long standing ambition was in place: (a) future Kings of Britain would remain based in London, thereby restricting Scottish influence even in the affairs of Scotland; (b) Westminster could eventually dissolve the traditional Scottish Three States Parliament; (c) at an appropriate time, the Stuarts could be discredited & deposed, & (d) a puppet Monarch of Westminster's own choosing could then replace the Scottish succession. The perceived outcome of this strategy would be Scotland's overall subjection to English rule - an ambition which had prevailed since the days of Edward I.'
The 'House of Unicorns' says Gardner is the House of Stuart, traced (as stated previously) back to Bruce's daughter Marjory. The Stuart Dynasty survived however & has once again found it's way back into the corridors of the British Monarchy in the form of Prince William & Harry, whose Stuart descended mother was killed just days before Scotland was allowed it's 'Devoultion' (See Rik Clay for another line to that story). The Grail Bloodline Gardner speaks of is the bloodline of Jesus, traceable back through the Stuarts, Lorraine's, Merovingian's, back to the Fisher Kings, through Jesus & all the way back to King David.
One has to admire their imagination!
Imagination strangely enough is symbolised in the Mysteries by the Unicorn. As I point out elsewhere, the Unicorn, depicted on the British Coat Of Arms is a symbol of Scotland & for the Scottish Rite Of Freemasonry. The Unicorn appears chained on the British Coat Of Arms, apparently because it stands opposite the Lion Of Judah. The King David of the Bible remember merged the Kingdoms of Judah & Israel but what's also being portrayed here is the union of the sun (Lion) & the moon (Unicorn), the male & female of the Hermetic Marriage, or, the perfection of mankind, brought about by Alchemy.
The Laurence Gardner link I picked up from Bill's 'Bloodline book report' broadcasts 1380/81, aired in May 1998;
'The name Scottish or Scotland is derived from the Latin, from Greek skotia, from feminine of skotios, dark, shadowy (from the shadow it casts), from skotos, darkness. In ancient Egypt there was a temple of Venus Scotia & it is said that the country of Scotland had derived its name from an Egyptian Pharaoh Queen named Scota. The chaos (CHAO) is the society we see around us today & it is the builders who influence the leaders to manufacture this chaos so that they can conceal their creations in darkness while they work towards the light (ORDO). Without chaos there would never be order. Without darkness, there can be no light & without light there can be no darkness. What is the AS ABOVE, is the SO BELOW of this Secret Brotherhood. The Grand Architects of CHAO (hell or illusion) become the masters of ORDO (Heaven on earth). The torch bearers who carry the light in the dark will now be the light bearers who usher in the new dawn of a new day.' - http://gnosticwarrior.com/ordo-ab-chao.html
In a sorry footnote to the saga, an appalling statue of Mel Gibson, dressed in a kilt, holding a ball & chain with the word 'Freedom' carved on a plinth at the base was erected at the foot of Abbey Craig, a rocky outcrop overlooking the site of Wallace's triumph over the English at Stirling in 1297. Mercifully however, owing to frequent attacks by outraged locals, the abomination had to be placed in a steel cage (iron-ically) for it's own protection......before finally being dispensed with altogether. Incidentally, the guy Wallace kills with the ball & chain (Sir John Comyn) for betraying him at the Battle Of Falkirk (& he did) in Braveheart, was in fact killed by Bruce (for betraying him according to Bruce) in Feb 1306. Bruce was on the Scottish side at that battle, not the English as Braveheart (who was Bruce) suggests, & Brucs lands were razed by Edward for destruction by the English in retribution on their march home.
Negation, let's not forget is a precept of the Mysteries.
Meanwhile in the 21st Cen, someone eligible to vote in Scotland's 2014 vote on independence was Edward I (Longshanks) Plantagenet desendent, Donald Trump, by virtue of his purchase of Turnberry Golfcourse (Ayrshire) some 5 months previous. 'Trump Turnberry' as it's now known was built upon the site of the Medieval castle of Turnberry, birthplace of legendary Scottish King.........Robert The Bruce.
The Tarot 'Trumps' are among the most important devices of Alchemy (i.e. mind control, brainwashing, propaganda, psychology), whereas numerology is a precept of the Tarot. So is it any wonder all this occurred exactly 700yrs after The Scottish Wars Of Independence?