Knights Templar in Ireland

Were there any Knights Templar in Ireland?  Yes is the answer.  More than likely, they came over with the armies of Henry II during the twelfth century but what role they did perform in that country?

It seems Ireland was something of an old people’s home for the Order.  Knights no longer fit to battle in the Holy Land retired there to manage Templar estates.  There is evidence of Templar activity from 1220 onwards but as mentioned above, it’s widely assumed they had been in Ireland for fifty years by then.

When the Order was suppressed and leading Templars were tortured and executed, some aging knights were taken to Dublin Castle and imprisoned.  I don’t know if they were tortured as those in France were but they were put on trial in the city cathedral.  No mention of burnings – the records are hazy.

There is one book on the subject I know of – The Knights Templar and Ireland by Michael Carroll – which sheds more light on the subject.

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