On March 6, 2019, I wondered if Baron Wilson was a Knight Templar. Last night I found a post in the Gunn clan Facebook group listing a lineage of Wilsons with the title “Templar”.
- Legend has it that following the dissolution of the Knights Templar in 1307, survivors fled to Scotland with their Holy Treasures salvaged from France.
- The Knights Templar owned over 500 sites in Scotland.
“Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of digging on my mothers side of the family. And I found a long line of Wilsons that I traced back a few hundred years. It appears that they bobbed and weaved from northern England in Yorkshire and up to Glasgow and the Fife region of Scotland. I looked up the history of the Yorkshire Wilsons and suggests that if you go way back, they descended from the Danes. Does anyone know if these Wilsons have any connection to the Gunns or is it a separate branch or clan? Here is the line below that I found. Looks like they were barons and earls:
Thomas Wilson (1355 – 1397)21st great-grandfather
Sir Thomas, Baron of Temple Wilson Wilson (1380 – 1430)Son of Thomas Wilson
Sir Thomas VII “Talbot” Wilson, Earl of Cuper, Baron Wilson of Temple (1401 – 1475)
Son of Sir Thomas, Baron of Temple Wilson Wilson
Sir John II “Robert”, Earl of Cuper, Burgess of Edinburgh Wilson (1425 – 1475)
Son of Sir Thomas VII “Talbot” Wilson, Earl of Cuper, Baron Wilson of Temple
Sir John, of Cupar and Fife Wilson (1450 – 1492)
Son of Sir John II “Robert”, Earl of Cuper, Burgess of Edinburgh Wilson
Sir Thomas, of Strubby Wilson (1470 – 1532)
Son of Sir John, of Cupar and Fife WilsonWilliam Cumberworth Wilson (1492 – 1587)
Son of Sir Thomas, of Strubby WilsonSir Robert Wilson (1520 – 1568)
Son of William Cumberworth Wilson
Sir Robert Wilson (1550 – 1597)
Son of Sir Robert WilsonWilliam “The Temperor” Wilson (1578 – 1615)
Son of Sir Robert WilsonWilliam Wilson (1600 – 1663)
Son of William “The Temperor” Wilson
Joan Wilson (1615 – 1655) Daughter of William Wilson
Surname meaning for Wilson, Earl of Cuper, Baron Wilson of Temple
English and French: occupational name or habitational name for someone who was employed at or lived near one of the houses (‘temples’) maintained by the Knights Templar, a crusading order so named because they claimed to occupy in Jerusalem the site of the old temple (Middle English, Old French temple, Latin templum). The order was founded in 1118 and flourished for 200 years, but was suppressed as heretical in 1312. English: name given to foundlings baptized at the Temple Church, London, so called because it was originally built on land belonging to the Templars. Scottish: habitational name from the parish of Temple in Edinburgh, likewise named because it was the site of the local headquarters of the Knights Templar.
Sir Thomas VII “Talbot” Wilson, Earl of Cuper, Baron Wilson of Temple 1401-1475 – Ancestry®
Born in Cupar, Fife, Scotland on 1401. Lady Elison Bull, Countess of Cuper, Baroness Wilson married Sir Thomas VII “Talbot” Wilson, Earl of Cuper, Baron Wilson of Temple and had 3 children. She passed away on 1465 in Middle Temple, London, Middlesex, England.
Sir John II “Robert” Wilson Earl of Cuper, Burgess of Edinborough, Earl of Cuper, Burgess of Edinborough (1425-1475) » Genealogy Heynen Hanson Baumberger Bartling and more » Genealogy Online (genealogieonline.nl)
I believe the Wilson family were Knights Templar who may be kin to the Sinclair family. Baron Thomas Wilson was born and died at Ravenscraig. He must have lived here with his Bohemian wife, Ada Antionette Erasmus. There must have been a existing castle that was remodeled. Ada is of the Seinsheim family that died out in the male line in 1965, but was revived along the female line. I doubt they knew about the Wilson line. This is the only thing that come close to the Da Vince Code that stars the Sinclair Clan.
Princess “ada” Antoinette Erasmus
She is married to Sir John Robert Wilson in the year 1449 at Midlothian, Scotland, she was 24 years old.
- He was born about 1401 in Ravenscraig Castle, Cupar, Fifeshire, Scotland.
- He died about 1475 in Middle Temple, London, Middlesex, England.
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