Midlothian’s 100 Objects - Old Church, Temple

The Old Church, Temple. Photo: Scran/Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
The Old Church, Temple. Photo: Scran/Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

The Order of the Temple was founded to protect the pilgrims in the Holy Land. As a reward for these duties, the Knights were given land in Scotland and England. In 1312 the Order was suppressed and the land at Temple was given to the Knights of St John in Jerusalem.

The Knights of St John were funded by the residents of Temple who gave them a tenth of their income. The Old Temple Kirk may date back to the 12th century although it is more likely to have been built by the Knights of St John soon after they succeeded the Templars in 1312.

Photo: Scran/Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

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