Knights Templar in The Netherlands - a new map

On his website (in Dutch) Dr Ben Brus embarks on a painstaking journey to identify sites of former settlements of the Knights Templar in The Netherlands. The first version of the website was published in 2003, the 13th edition in January 2012.

At present the website of Dr Brus identifies 120 possible sites where, until destruction of the order in 1317, Knights Templar may have lived and worked, mainly in agricultural enterprises. Such sites were identified on the basis of a combination of research on geographic toponyms, archaeological field data and old documents kept in archives. Dr Brus concludes that in about one third of these sites, former presence of Knights Templar is certain or at least probable. On about 20 locations, presence is improbable. About half of the sites listed still has to be investigated.

The certain and probable sites identified by Dr Brus are presented on the map published here. The locations sometimes exact (a still existing builing or site) but more often an approximation based on the geographic description available. The text at each location indicated (in Dutch) is a quote from the website of Dr Brus.

Obviously this map must be seen as a product of the work of Dr Brus, whereas the publisher did nothing more that putting Dr Brus' data on a Google Map. So this map is only a humble contribution to the important work of Dr Brus, which is acknowledged gratefully.

Source: Sporen van de Tempelieren in Nederland - - © Ben Brus 2003-2012

Source: Sporen van de Tempelieren in Nederland - - © Ben Brus 2003-2012

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UK Knights Templar branch recruiting members

"For more than 700 years they have been the subject of myth and legend after an angry Pope ordered their destruction and drove them underground.
Now the Knights Templars are back in the open and have launched a recruitment drive.
Last night an extraordinary public meeting took place to show potential recruits what the Order is about and what can be expected of them. Membership is open to men and women.
Russ Kellett, who is starting a new legion of Templars, said: “The idea is to attract fresh blood into what is an excellent organisation whose aims are to live a pious life and help in a charitable way people who may need our help.
“People believe that the Templars were destroyed between 1307 and 1312 but most of the knights involved simply disappeared and carried on with their work.”
He is reluctant to reveal too much about The Order of the Knights Templars but says many knights in other branches have carried on a family tradition stretching back generations. His legion isn’t the only one to be created in the past two years. He said: “We are still very popular and people are very interested in what we do. The Order does good work in many ways but doesn’t boast about it.”  "

quote and illustration from an article by Steve Lumley published February 19, 2012 on

"Knights Templar meet in Australia" - quote

"The flags of the Crusaders flew at Parklands Resort on the weekend as Mudgee hosted The Great Priory of the Order of Knights Templar in NSW & ACT.

The Grand Masters of Queensland and Victoria, the Assistant Grand Priory Royal Arch of NSW and the Provincial Great Marshall of Somerset, UK, were among members who gathered for the Order’s Malta Festival.

The Masonic order’s regalia and ceremonies are based on those of the Knights Templar, who are best remembered for their military role in the Crusades, but also established a monastic order dedicated to protecting pilgrims.
The Knights Templars also founded an early form of banking, under which pilgrims deposited their valuables with the Order before leaving, and in return received a letter of credit to the value of their deposit, which could be redeemed when they arrived in the Holy Land.
The Order has preceptories in Broken Hill, Wagga, Albury, Moruyah, Tamworth, Grafton, Ballina and smaller centres including Geurie, which hosted the weekend’s event in Mudgee.
Preceptories have a charitable as well as fraternal role, giving to causes such as schools.
In addition to a business order on Monday, the Great Priory installed a member into the Degree of a Knight of Malta and invested its officers for the next 12 months.
Following the Malta ceremony banquet on Saturday night, members attended a church service on Sunday which was open to members of the public."

quote and photo from this source:

Project Beaucéant publishes map on Knights Templar

On a map is published with the old settlements of the Knights Templar and other religious military orders in Western Europe and the Near East. This map and website (mainly in French) provide interesting information on the issue. Regrettably, the site does nog contain much information on north west Europe, the focal point of this blog.

Therefor, interested readers are referred to the pages on this blog on different sub-areas within north-western Europe. These pages contain a slowly growing amount of information. Anyone who could add such information or sources thereof is invited to contribute to this site. Please mail any information, preferrably links, to: