If we believe that a group of Knights Templar fled to the New World led by a Scottish knight called Sir Henry Sinclair, then the evidence is fast disappearing. The rock carving in Massachussetts, believed to be his grave, is being rapidly eroded by rain and wind to the point where it won’t be very recognizable as anything in the near future.
That is if you accept that what is on the rock has been carved by human hands – and not a passing glacier and that it’s a medieval knight and not a native American, as has also been postulated in the past.
If you’d like to take a look at the Westford Knight yourselves then it’s in the town on Depot Street. Since the 1950s, it’s been identified by local historians as “a fallen Viking of the Gunn clan” who was with Henry Sinclair and his fleeing Templars wandering across the New World a hundred years before Columbus.
Spoilsports say the area was inaccessible at the time and that using the term “Viking” (tenth century and before) to describe a knight in the 1300s is historically inaccurate. Archaeologists – pah, what do they know? – have said that the sword could be a human carving but the rest are glacial striations and what people want to see. They say the claims about Sinclair are ‘pseudo-archaeology’.
I’ve talked on this blog before about the Newport Tower in Rhode Island often linked to the Westford Knight – and the counter claim that it’s a ruined, seventeenth century windmill…so way out of date for anything Templar.
Here’s the latest on the Westford Knight for your delectation: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2011/01/20/westford_knights_mysteries_besieged_by_time_and_the_elements/