Prince Henry Sinclair and Nova Scotia

I have written on several occasions about Prince Henry Sinclair of Roslyn, in Scotland, the shrine of Masonry, and the likely refuge of the Knight's Templars upon their escape from Europe. Prince Henry or Jarl Henry Sinclair of Orkney was an interesting fellow to say the least and in all probability, the man who actually discovered North America, he was certainly one of the first to get here, about 100 years before Columbus.

Henry ran in big circles and was among other things, Baron of Roslin, Earl of Orkney, and Lord of Shetland, and also was formally invested by Haakon, King of Norway, as Jarl of the Orkneys in 1379. Sinclair was most likely a member of the Knights Templar, or at least rubbed shoulders with them. It was through his connections that he likely got a hold of the Zeno Maps, from the Zeno family in Venice. Those maps led him to "rediscover" North America, after it had already been found by the Vikings long before.

Oddly enough, very little has been written or said about Prince Henry Sinclair, at least until very recently, when interest in him and others like him have picked up a bit. There is a monument commemorating his arrival in the New World in 1398 in Nova Scotia, Canada. The monument, a granite stone, was placed at Halfway Cove in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1996 by the Prince Henry Sinclair Society of North America

I truly enjoyed and am still enjoying a book, The Knights Templar in the New World: How Henry Sinclair Brought the Grail to Acadia that tells the story of Sinclair's discovery of the North America. I recommend it to anyone interested in the Knight's Templars, Masonic History, and the discovery of North America.

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