"I have held up a light in the obscurity of Philosophy, which will be seen centuries after I am dead. It will be seen amidst the erection of Tombs, Theatres, Foundations, Temples, Orders and Fraternities for nobility and obedience — the establishment of good laws as an example to the World. For I am not raising a Capitol or Pyramid to the Pride of men, but laying a foundation in the human understanding for a holy Temple after he model of the World. For my memory I leave it to Men's charitable speeches, to foreign Nations and the next Ages, and to my own Country after some Time has elapsed." -- Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning (1605), Bk II.


Join me to explore the hidden tenets of arranged alignments of architecture and art. Structures as diverse as the Great Pyramid, Baalbek, The Tower of the Winds, Hagia Sopia, Basilica San Vitale, The Dome of the Rock, St. Peter's Square, Gisors, The Newport Tower, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, and the Georgia Guidestones all may have a common origin.

Three reproductions of the Tower of the Winds in England help to display how this age old value is viewed through time. Along the way many legends and myths associated with the Holy Grail and other relics are examined.

Treasure myths such as the Oak Island Legend and The Beale Treasure Legend may have a common origin and hidden meaning. The tale of The Bruton Parish Church Vault (a.k.a. "Bacon's Vault) may also be a copy of an already existent mystery at Stirling Castle.

The Temple Church of Halifax Nova Scotia. The Mystery of the Prince's Tower of Halifax and the Enochian Mysteries of Nova Scotia.

The Temple Church of Halifax Nova Scotia

The history of Nova Scotia includes many little known interesting historical facts and events. In many ways Nova Scotia’s history is similar to that of the other colonies to the south that would become the United States of America. Over time this included an overlap of the Norman family bloodlines that seemed to work together and intermarry in a sort of family fraternity or organization. This is obvious in examining the royal factions of this tradition but what of the more plebian or collateral family relations of this system?

Many of them were given gentry titles of Nova Scotia. During the Revolutionary War period many colonists who were loyal to the King came to the Maritime region of Canada including Nova Scotia. Many of these people may have already had family there and many of them maintained relations with their rebel relatives to the south both during and after the war. Among these United Empire Loyalists may have been a few that did possess a pedigree that linked them to this network of Norman families. Other influences such as German groups of immigrants would also have an impact on the legends and folklore of Nova Scotia. In addition we may see the direct influence of descendants of Knights Templar Everhard Des Barres displaying knowledge of the mysteries of Oak Island.

In our studies here two families of Norman descent, the Foerester/Biddulph’s and the Mortuo Mari, included noted legacies that state they have kept track of their family line dating from the fourth century. Given this it may be surmised that family links were of paramount value in both the upper and lower echelons of these families. It is also easy to assume that a few of these United Empire Loyalists would be spies for the rebel cause.

It appears that as soon as the Normans came to France they began to intermarry with all the Royal Houses of Europe including notably Rollo’s family relations to the Prince of Monaco. At various times through history there are examples of these family groups working together even if one branch was French or Spanish while the other may have been German or English. It is clear that even after the famous “Cutting of the Elm” at Gisors in 1188 that these family groups continued to work towards their mutual benefit even though their countries and associated royals were at odds. This dynamic alone has caused many to attribute many things that were caused or perpetrated by these family groups to Freemason’s or Orders of Chivalry whom family members may have also been members.

Included in the mix is a great deal of intrigue and intelligence gathering on the part of the Latin Church. The family as it were does seem to be loyal to the Church to a large degree but also appear to have their own version of Christianity in some cases. In the early settlement of North America many Catholics kept their true faith a secret due to the political winds of change from monarch to monarch.

Nova Scotia normally may not have been a place of grave concern for the Royal family of England. During the post Revolutionary War period it was deemed important enough that Prince Edward was sent to Canada and was put in command of all North American English forces. His tenure in Halifax, Nova Scotia ended in 1801. While in Halifax Prince Edward seems to have taken part in a family tradition that includes the building of architectural follies that may convey some subtle symbology as well as serving as a kind of personal Prime Meridian for the Prince and his associates. Somewhat like his distant relation Thomas Jefferson had done by constructing three octagonal buildings with directional qualities in Virginia. Both Prince Edward and Thomas Jefferson have Mortuo Mari and de Eston ancestors in common. These same family relations are held by the House of Windsor today.

Prince Edward had a strong German cultural background as well as his direct links to the Stuart family much in the same way Prince Rupert of the Rhine was related. In fact Prince Rupert’s Mother Elizabeth Stuart is a common link between the German, English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish factions of English Royalty. Prince Edwards German values may have compelled him to build a church in Halifax for German Lutherans many who were Hessian Mercenaries that had been brought by Cornwallis to fight against the Rebel Americans. Later a descendant of German Colonel Von Vieth would serve on the board of directors for the Oak Island El Dorado Company. The population of Halifax at that time was a reflection of the ancestry of Prince Edward and included many German, Swiss, and sympathetic French inhabitants. Many former American Colonists also added to the mix during this era of Nova Scotia history.

Many go so far as to credit Prince Edward with the design of the St. George’s Round Church in Halifax. Even though Prince Edward was building this church for a German Lutheran congregation he still seemed to value England in a symbolic way with his plan of this church. From plan view the St. George Round Church of Halifax Nova Scotia resembles the famous Temple Church in the City of London originally built by the Knights Templar in late twelfth century. Through its long and storied history the Temple Church would later be controlled by the Knights of St. John Hopitalier and later the City of London itself. So we may see that it is possible that many groups other than the Knights Templar would value the Temple Church including the Royal Orders of the Bath and Garter. The Temple Church in London seems in turn to have been designed as a copy of the Mausoleum of St. Helena that was originally meant for Emperor Constantine. So even the design of the Temple Church may have Coptic or Eastern Christian overtones that are not obvious at first glance.

In this light it is interesting that Edward chose such a design for a church in Halifax. Originally he may have also been expressing a Scandinavian heritage in the design of the Round Church. At first the Church was round with no extending apse. Later it was changed to have a linear apse extending to the southwest (at 225 deg. TN) thus making it resemble the Temple Church more than the traditional “Templar Round Church” seen on Bornholm Island in the Baltic Sea (Lincoln, Haagensen). In any case the original Temple Church in London has many characteristics in common with the Round Churches of Bornholm Island that Lincoln and Haagensen have associated with the original Knights Templar. It may also be surmised that the Newport Tower and Powder Magazine in Williamsburg reference a similar tradition with all harkening back to the octagons of Constantine and the Tower of the Winds. Prince Edward had established a Prime Meridian in a tradition that was very popular during the era in which he lived. It may be that Prince Edward was aided in his arrangements of architecture by a man who happens to be interred inside the St. George Round Church, famous cartographer Joseph Frederick Des Barres.

The St. George Round Church of Halifax is also oriented with regard to True North. This neighborhood of Halifax includes a street plan that seems to be oriented at 45/225 degrees true north both even divisions of an octagonal compass scheme. The St. George Round Church does point to some interesting places on the globe that have come up in our studies in the past. Using an octagonal division of 360 the St. George Round Church of Halifax points the way on the globe to the Maryhill Stonehenge in Washington State.

This Stonehenge replica was built by none other than Samuel Hill descendant of George Washington and several other notable First Families of Virginia. Mr. Hill was from Minneapolis Minnesota and a branch of his family also lived in Alexandria, Minnesota near where the Kensington Rune Stone was found. (see additional chapter about the Maryhill Stonehenge). The Hill family is considered one of the First Families of Virginia and are intermarried with many of the most influential families that would include several future notable U.S. Presidents and politicians.

Another arc on the globe from the St. George Round Church extends to Perillos, France. Perillos is home to a mystery that many associate with Rennes le Chateau. Perillos was also of note for the involvement of the Cassini Family and the Lords of Perillos one of which was Grand Commander of the Knights of Malta. The mystery of Perillos does involve a landscape mystery similar to a Pirates Map. It is likely a similar quest initiation to what Oak Island may represent to some degree.

Of all of the architecture built by Prince Edward during his stay in Halifax the Round Church stands out as a likely copy of the Temple Church in London. But what of the other architecture including the Halifax Clock Tower and a gazebo or bandstand at the Prince’s estate? Prince Edward also constructed what is known of as a “Martello Tower.”

A Martello Tower is a defensive fortification that is circular in design. The one in Halifax does have some design elements that may suggest arcs or directions on the globe from that point. This structure includes some amazing geographic associations that relate to the Book of Enoch, James Bruce, the St. George theme, and possibly the Oak Island Legend.

The Martello Tower built by Prince Edward points an azimuth on the globe to the Church of St. George in Lalibela, Ethiopia. Using a separate arc on the globe suggested by an octagonal division and architectural elements that conform to this scheme from the tower the St. George Round Church of Halifax is also sighted. Two churches of St. George pointed to by the same structure built by Prince Edward. What was the Prince attempting to tell us if indeed this is a hidden message? What possible links could there be between Nova Scotia and Ethiopia of all places? The answers may lay in the associations of the namesake of Halifax Nova Scotia.

Using the same octagonal scheme from the tower that points to the two Churches St. George an additional arc on the globe extends to Scone Abbey in Scotland. Scone Abbey of course is the site where all Scottish Monarchs were crowned sitting atop the Stone of Scone sometimes referred to as “The Stone of Destiny.” Legends of this stone have it coming from the Temple of Jerusalem when it was sacked in 70 A.D. by future Emperor Titus. The theme of Biblical relics equal to the importance of the Stone of Scone seems to repeat itself via many of the quests involved. It is easy to see why the father of Queen Victoria, Prince Edward would value the location of Scone Abbey in relation to the Churches of St. George and the metaphorical messages he is sending us via these associations. What more appropriate association could there be but between Scone Abbey and Nova (New) Scotia (Scotland)?

Halifax is named for the second Earl of Halifax George Montigu-Dunk. As a coincidence the Earl was close friends and an associate of James Bruce the famous Ethiopian Explorer. During his eighteenth century travels to Ethiopia and Egypt Bruce returned to Europe with ancient copies of the Book of Enoch and original manuscripts that comprised the Pistis Sophia. Both of these tomes were already important to Freemasonry and Bruce had supplied verifiably ancient copies that confirmed or validated the more modern version of these valued texts. At the same time his adventures caused somewhat of a stir in Freemasonry.

What may be revealing in our study of lost Nova Scotia History is the possible use of the Coptic overtones of James Bruce’s discoveries and how they may relate to the Oak Island Treasure legend. Amazingly a major portion of James Bruce’s book about his travels and discoveries in Ethiopia was comprised of letters from the field to George Montigu-Dunk second Earl of Halifax and namesake of the city. Could it be that James Bruce had somehow had an effect on the mythology and lore of Nova Scotia and Freemason’s that a kind of legend had developed that displayed some of the tenets from the Book of Enoch as valued by their organization? Or is there still more to the truth or myth of Oak Island in Nova Scotia history?

The Montigu Legacy is also manifested in Nova Scotia by Lord Charles Greville Montigu. This Montigu is buried in the crypt of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Halifax. Charles is known for his efforts at recruiting colonial prisoners to fight against Spain and France during the Revolutionary War era. On his memorial at St. Paul’s his efforts are noted with regard to the “Corps of Carolina” he commanded also known as the Cumberland Division. Apparently Montigu had recruited many of his soldiers from prison ships in Charleston South Carolina. Many of these men would later contribute a great deal to the history of Nova Scotia. After the war they were brought to Nova Scotia and given pensions and property. Note also earlier in history Charleston had been the home of Admiral Anson of Shugborough and a part of Charleston, Ansonborough is named for him. Charleston is also the birthplace of the American “Scottish Rite” of Freemasonry.

The Montigu family has a strong association with both the Knights Templar and Knights of St. John Hospitalar. During the thirteenth century at the same time there were two men both named Pedro Montigu who were Grand Commanders of the Knights Templar and Knights of St. John. This coincidence also marks an event that involves Frederick II Holy Roman Emperor who built an ocatagon in the form of Castel del Monte that points to both Oak Island and the International Peace Garden using the plan of the structure. Or previous view of Frederick II shows that he is of Norman descent and was associated with ‘magi’ Michael Scot who was adept at spherical geometry and many other highly advanced technical and spiritual knowledge of the day.

One interesting story about the two Pedro Montigu Grand Commanders involves them both being invited to the wedding of Frederick II. Both men made it a point not to be seen together or speak to each other at the wedding. This is very curious indeed. Is it possible that these two were actually the same person? It is possible but this association points out the significance of the two Montigu’s that are so intimately involved in the early history of Halifax Nova Scotia. This coupled with the association of James Bruce and Enochian imagery in Nova Scotia and the Oak Island legend shines a light on the Montigu legacy and how it may apply to the folklore and legends of Nova Scotia. It is also no secret that there was no love lost between Frederick II and the Knights Templar. When Frederick “invaded” Jerusalem the Templars were angry that he used diplomacy instead of warfare to retake the city. Eventually this would result in Frederick banning the Temple in Sicily and limiting their influence in Norman Italy as well. Frederick II was most associated with the Teutonic Knights who helped to maintain the Hanseatic League that Frederick had also had a hand in creating. The ancestry and legacy of the Montigu’s and another early Nova Scotia luminary Joseph Des Barres point to the involvement of traditional Knights Templar and Knights of St. John families in the type of legend we see manifesting itself at Oak Island. In fact we will see evidence shortly that may show who world famous cartographer Joseph Des Barres was aware of the Oak Island mystery as early as 1760.

In our previous work we have examined the influence of James Bruce on the Kirkwall Scroll of Scotland (Orkney). The travels of James Bruce also had a huge influence on another explorer named Antoine (Thompson) d’Abbadie who amazingly also has ties to one of the more famous governors and pirates of French Arcadia in the very region where the Oak Island is located. D’Abbadie was known to have slept with a copy of James Bruce’s Ethiopian book by his bedside. He followed in Bruce’s footsteps with a major expedition to Ethiopia with his brother Arnaud. Antoine was considered one of the premier geographers of his day. Antoine built what is considered by many to the “The Rosslyn Chapel of France” near Hendaye. His family is thought to be behind the creation of a mysterious monument known as the Great Cyclic Cross of Hendaye as discussed here.

So in the legacy of Nova Scotia and Oak Island we see the possible influence and involvement of two Ethiopian explorers whose families are likely related via Norman blood. The Kirkwall Scroll as discussed does contains much of the same imagery seen on both the Cyclic Cross of Hendaye and the newly discovered Cross of Sara France. The Kirkwall scroll also contains symbols that are similar to the “stone head” that is part of Nolan’s Cross and a recently discovered stone in Nova Scotia displaying a Coptic Cross. Though many “alternate” historians would be tempted to ascribe these similarities to Romans or Byzantines coming to North America it is more likely that these symbols are present in relation to Oak Island and its Enochian overtones of a hidden chamber containing the answers to many questions. A direct forebear of Antoine d’Abbadie was one of the most famous Pirates during the French occupation of the Maritimes.

Now in addition we have Prince Edward himself possibly providing us clues as to what all of this means via the architecture that he left in Halifax. The use of architecture in this manner may also imply that there is no real treasure at Oak Island. This sort of scheme or plan is meant as a learning device for specific people whether they be Freemason’s or members of specific family groups. It is clear that through history similar mysteries have been associated with structures such as the Halifax Round Church including the mysteries of Charlemagne and Constantine both associated with octagonal structures that infer directions on the globe.

The association of the theme of St. George in Ethiopia and Lalibela may refer to the actual Ark of the Covenant. The Ark is said to have rested in Lalibela among the churches there for some time. The Ark of the Covenant was one of the items looted from the Temple Mount by Titus and displayed in the Peace Temple or Forum of Vespasian. We have discussed how the Peace Temple of Rome points to the International Peace Garden also seemingly built and planned by this same Norman bloodline. The Vatican array points to Lalibela and Chartres France in opposing directions suggested by the windrose and obelisk of St. Peter’s Square.

The inclusion of the mystery of the Ark of the Covenant’s whereabouts is typical in this kind of quest oriented mystery. This version of the story seems to be suggesting the Ark is at the International Peace Garden and not Oak Island. The Ark of the Covenant also fits the Book of Enoch tale of a nine chambered structure with each chamber having a different level. This is analogous to concept said to be part of the  Royal Arch degree of Freemasonry today. Is it possible that all of the legends of Oak Island are boiling down to the fact that this point on earth was significant in this quest somehow and not the fact that a treasure per se was located there? Is it possible that people who had been sent on this quest would view simply finding the location of the Island of great value in a solved mystery? Could all of this have been blown out of proportion for centuries leading to the circus we see at Oak Island today as well as the recent past? Yes. The Oak Island Mystery appears to have more to do with the involvement of Bruce, Montigu, and the d’Abbadie family. It is possible that the treasure at Oak Island is something entirely different that what we have been told and imagined. With all of this said it is still entirely possible that these families were proceeding with knowledge of a much more ancient secret at Oak Island and other places. The evidence all compiled and analyzed also raises many questions that may indicate these legends were formed later based on ancient traditions that dictated the creation of folklore in this vein. There is no smoking gun with this new evidence that states there are no ancient associations or treasure present at Oak Island. It merely suggests that there is no treasure and that all of this was done as part of a tradition or ploy to hide places of real significance.

There are many reasons one would misinterpret all of this as meaning more ancient people had come to Oak Island. An octagon Constantine had built himself points the way to Oak Island and the Powder Magazine in Williamsburg in a single arc on the globe. Trajan’s hexagonal port of Portus points to Oak Island. This indeed may be one of the reason’s later people during the eighteenth century such as James Bruce or Montigu would value such an association that does not involve any treasure at all being located there. In the process the suspicion on the part of these people that Constantine was indeed a Coptic would contribute to the value of what Bruce and d’Abbadie had found in Ethiopia and had possibly manifested itself on the designs seen on the Kirkwall Scroll. The Scroll incidentally is an object of debate over its true age as well. People who had been enthralled by the exploits of Bruce may have produced the Kirkwall scroll just as others may have created a kind of initiatory quest using this imagery and the location of Oak Island in the same manner.

Some of this may be put into perspective by examining why Prince Edward would point an arc on the globe to Perillos France. As stated Perillos is likely part of the mysteries of Rennes le Chateau. Many researchers as well as the Society of Perillos have established a connection between people involved in both mysteries. Perillos was of interest for unknown reasons to the Lords of Perillos and the famous family of astronomers the Cassini family. The Cassini’s established the Paris Observatory and managed it for many generations prior to the revolution. Cassini during the era he lived in Perillos was associated with the Lords of Perillos who were in turn associated with the Knights of St. John of the Hospital.

Noted earlier is the situation of the Cassini’s estate north of Paris directly north of the northern tip of the star identified in the landscape of Rennes le Chateau by author Henry Lincoln. The Cassini estate includes an octagon that points the way to Oak Island just as Constantine, Frederick II, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, and Trajan had done. Here in this club of octagon builders is displayed knowledge of the true nature of why Oak Island is valued. Is this the reason Prince Edward chose to sight Perillos with one of his pieces of architecture in this tradition? Or was it a just a chance association?

The Cassini’s were also intimately associated with Antoine d’Abbadie and his mentor Françoise Arago. Arago is famous for the brass medallions that bear his name marking the Paris Meridian in that city. Arago was the onetime director of the Paris Observatory and had personally surveyed the Rennes le Chateau area earlier in his career working for the Cassini’s. So here is a full circle broad connection between Bruce, d’Abbadie, the Cassini’s and other similar landscape mysteries that these men displayed knowledge of as expressed in their architecture. All of these connections are steeped in symbols and events that harken back to an earlier era of history. Both Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Von Humboldt were associated with and corresponded with these men. All of these men are involved in the construction of structures representative of a Prime Meridian or Axis Mundi that points to places of importance to them on the globe.

Note also that Thomas Jefferson held a friendship and correspondence with Blaise d’Abbadie of the same family who was the last governor of French Louisiana. D’Abbadie actually defacto was the one who handed Louisiana to Jefferson. All of this in turn related to why the Kensington Rune is located on the margins of the Hudson’s Bay and Louisiana Border. (additional chapter). The d’Abbadie’s are beginning to surface as an unknown factor in the development of Nova Scotia and possibly the Oak Island question. Jefferson also corresponded with Dominique Cassini concerning methods involved in establishing a Prime Meridian.

These Traditions and associations have led many to believe that people from the age of Rome and the Byzantine Empire had visited Nova Scotia long ago. It is possible that those who know the truth of these axes mundi propagate these false myths intentionally. Some of the people who left these legends also believe they are descendant of Egyptian and Scythian nobility via the Queen Scota saga. The fact that others who were aware of this grand geographic game had later paid homage to this concept by making Oak Island a place of veneration or interest that has in turn left many with the false assumption that these people from antiquity had actually come to Oak Island. This identification on the part of many nobles with more ancient culture they belived they had descended from has contributed a great deal to the misinterpretation of rock carvings and artifacts that were left in N. America as part of this tradition. Is it possible that more ancient people came to North America? Yes. Is is possible that people that were part of this family tradition inadvertently or on purpose left false clues that may also indicate this fact? Possible. Are there simply well educated and informed pranksters that do this? Possible. See the crop circle phenomena for a more modern version.

These people have left in their wake an entire series of legends that all combine to match many of the tenets of the saga of Oak Island as told in popular media today. Start with the Legend of Charlemagne’s vault, Frederick Barbarossa and his man in the mountain myth similar to Charlemagne’s, The architecture of Frederick II Holy Roman Emperor, to Prince Rupert of the Rhine’s Heidelberg Estate. All of this will tell you that they were copying a tradition begun by the Roman emperors yet exemplified best by Emperor Constantine and his octagons. All of their octagons served as directional devices in the treasure and quest legends they had left behind. In part these legends were only exposed to their direct family and forced any future King to study and value what Charlemagne had done and act accordingly. This is the same method applied to the Beale Treasure Legend which compels one to read the Declaration of Independence several times to solve the mystery.

So what are we to make of all this? It appears the same family group is responsible for Oak Island, The Newport Tower, Williamsburg/College of William and Mary, Harvard, Yale, The International Peace Garden, The Maryhill Stonehenge, Washington D.C.’s plan, The Beale Treasure, Legend of Bacon’s Vault, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, Hearst Castle, The Kensington Rune Stone, The Ames Pyramid, The Moncure Pyramid, the Legends of Mt. Shasta, and much more. These are only the North American structures involved. In Europe we have a series of architectural follies that were built to fulfill the same purpose. This includes the Tower of the Winds at Shugborough, West Wycombe, and Mt. Stewart which were built during the same era these structures were taking shape in Nova Scotia. We are dealing with folklore here. Is it possible that all of the most well known myths and treasure stories in North America are a result of this activity? Has all of this intentionally been blown out of proportion to hide something else?

Just the commonalities between James Bruce, his association with the Earl of Halifax, and similar activities of the d’Abbadie’s in Nova Scotia and Ethiopia should be a red flag to anyone who is aware of the broader scope of similar mysteries to that of Oak Island. Finally the presence and involvement of Prince Edward in building these architectural follies also serves as a monument to the application of these concepts there.

In tandem with these concepts an examination of the theories of the involvement of Sir Francis Bacon in these mysteries may also be revealing in many ways. It is clear that Bacon was part of the intelligence apparatus of Queen Elizabeth I. His cohorts in this enterprise have names that are repeated many times through sagas related to that of Oak Island. Each of these stories in North America is related to an important symbolic relic that is missing. This includes The Stone of Destiny, The Ark of the Covenant, The Holy Rood (True Cross), and the Spear of Destiny. The themes in each case are biblical. The octagon of the International Peace Garden also refers to these mysteries in the tradition of Charlemagne including a Spear of Destiny myth in Louisiana involving Lemoyne D’Iberville who also played a strong hand in the history of French Arcadia again directly associated with the d’Abbadie governors and tribal leaders of that region.

Are there any other clues in the vicinity of Oak Island that may help to shed some light on the possibilities suggested above? In fact one of the earliest English settlements of Nova Scotia in located about nine (9.28mi) miles south of Oak Island. Oak Island is visible from there from a hill called “Gallows Hill.”

Lunenburg Nova Scotia was settled in 1753 by a group of primarily German settlers as well as a few English and Scottish families. The three founding fathers included Patrick Sutherland, John Creighton, and Dettlieb Christopher Jessen. Judging by these men’s names Sutherland, and Creighton may have been Scottish while Jessen was representative of the primarily German settlement. Lunenburg was an English town so it makes sense that Creighton were present in town at that time. Lunengburg was settled about four years after Halifax to the north. Lunenburg had been the original site of a Mic Maq village named Mirligueche that was known as a shellfish processing location.

John Creighton has the same name as a man that would later serve on the board of directors of the Oak Island El Dorado Company in 1866. Creighton had also been the first one of the founders to lead a group of settlers to Lunenberg from Halifax in 1753. As the town developed the older part of the settlement developed a rectilinear street plan that seems to have been oriented to accommodate the use of the shoreline as a port with docks, warehouses, and marinas. At second glance there may be some hidden aspects to both the street plan and specific pieces of architecture in the small town of Lunenburg that are still visible today.

101 Kaulback Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada is the location of a very large and impressive Victorian building known as the Lunenburg Academy. The Academy was built in 1893-5 and is one of the few remaining original Academy buildings left from this era. Lunenburg Academy is oriented at the same compass heading as Kaulback Street which seems to be the westernmost street of the original rectangular plan of Lunenburg. The street is named for one of the early German families that settled Lunenburg. Incidentally their close relative in Germany was famous painter Wilhelm Kaulback who was known for painting a mural of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem for the Kaiser.

If one applies the concept of the Axis Mundi involving the use of this structure as a directional device a startling association is apparent. The orientation of Kaulback Street and the Lunenburg Academy are measured at 8 degrees True North. This heading matches the path of Kaulback Street which is also the western most street in the original town plan of Lunenburg. Kaulback Street points to or very close to the location of the stone triangle that was said to have once been on the island. The same orientation of the Lunenburg Academy points directly to the original location of the Money Pit itself. Is this a chance association or part of the way the Oak Island mystery was developed? To answer that question we must go back to the St. George Round Church and examine the influence of a person that was considered one of the premier cartographers of the age and did indeed live and work in Nova Scotia.

So far we have seen some similarities in the Legend of Oak Island and other treasure stories like the Beale Treasure and the tale of Bacon’s Vault in Williamsburg. Part of the mystique of the Oak Island Legend involves speculation that the famous Knights Templar were somehow involved with the deposition of treasure there. We have seen some examples of how the more modern eighteenth century version of the Knights Templar may have influenced the imagery of the mystery at Oak Island. Does this leave us with any connections to the real Knights Templar earlier in history? Possibly. This is the point in the story where the involvement of the Montigu’s and Des Barres may take on more significance than previously thought.

The entire set up of talismans in Halifax including the St. George Round Church may lead us to some connections to the original Order of the Knights Templar. Within the Round Church is the crypt of Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres. Mr. Des Barres was a very important figure in the development of Nova Scotia. Joseph was one of the premier cartographers of his day and produced a magnificent volume of nautical charts needed on the Atlantic seaboard of North America entitled “Atlantic Neptune.” During this time Des Barres was directly associated and worked with Admiral Boscawen who in turn was under the command of Admiral George Anson of Shugborough Hall. Shugborough Hall includes an array of architectural follies including a reproduction of the Tower of the Winds and the famous Shepherds Monument that includes a rendering of Poussin’s “Et in Arcadia Ego” in mirror image bas relief.

The presence of Des Barres in Nova Scotia echoes the involvement of many other premier cartographers of the day in arranging arrays of talismanic architecture. This includes the octagons of Thomas Jefferson, The exploits of Hudson’s Bay Cartographer David Thompson, The d’Abbadie’s and the Great Cyclic Cross of Hendaye, Frederick II HRE and his two octagons, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, and other navigators of the age of exploration as well. Given all of this it is no surprise that Des Barres is interred in the St. George Round Church in Halifax. Des Barre’s Swiss and French background coupled with his Huguenot beliefs may be the reason he chose to be interred at the St. George Round Church. Many of his cohorts are interred at the St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Halifax. May there be another reason Des Barres chose this as his and his wife’s site of burial beyond these cultural associations?

Joseph Des Barres is descendant of at least two very early original Knights Templar in France including Everhard Ded Barres and William Des Barres. William was known to have been present at the “Cutting of the Elm” at Gisors in 1188 in which the French and English factions of Normandy went their separate ways for good. After this separation of sorts members of the same families on both sides of the argument seemed to still work together for the good of the family in a tradition that seems to have held great value to Norman nobles in France and England.  The talismanic use of the Axis Mundi is a common tradition in association with this Norman influenced group through history according to the theories of the author.

William sided with the King of France in this dispute while there were still Des Barres family members in England. William’s son William IV would also later take part in the shameful Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars of France. The Des Barres would even intermarry with the famous Knights Templar Montfort family. Simon Montfort led the Albigensian Crusade to eliminate the Cathars.

Even though Joseph Des Barres is from the later era of the eighteenth century his possible involvement with what ever is going on at Oak Island is interesting given his links to the original Knights Templar. It is certain that Des Barres was likely personally associated with Prince Edward and the two Montague’s all of which had Knights Templar ancestors. Because Joseph was a cartographer he may have been involved in the arrangement of some of the architecture that was built by Prince Edward in Nova Scotia. Earlier we discussed how the Academy building and westernmost street of Lunenburg points directly to the money pit. If this azimuth on the globe is extended it transects central Nova Scotia and reaches the “Castle Frederick” estate of Joseph Des Barres. Is Des Barres presenting us with a clue that tells of his knowledge of Oak Island via the associations with the streets of Lunenburg and the Academy? There is no record of Des Barres involvement in the situation of the street plan of Lunenburg though he was in the region in that era. The Academy was planned after the time of Des Barres so that could have been planned by later people in the known or is a chance association due to its orientation being the same as Kaulback Street. It is also possible that via Anson, Boscawen had also been involved in this arrangement of architecture.

This association may lend credence to the validity of this alignment extending beyond a chance association and something that was planned by Joseph Des Barres. Des Barres is telling you something about Oak Island but what? It is clear that Des Barres is practicing a tradition that may have been known of and used by the original Knights Templar leading them to discover the sepulcher of Constantine beneath the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Is he telling us there is something ancient buried there or is he telling us that as a cartographer he knows about the associations that exist at Oak Island including Portus and the Daphne octagon of Constantine. Des Barres practiced the same skill and craft as the Cassini family who were the first to produce a spatially accurate map of France. Both cartographers Cassini and Des Barres seemed to have influenced a structure  or array that points the way to Oak Island.

If this scheme were to hold true the alignment from the Lunenberg Academy to Oak Island seems to be a manifestation of the works of Joseph Des Barres. Des Barres was known to have designed the street plan of Sydney Nova Scotia and it may be that he had a hand in the design of the plan of Lunenburg as well. We may be seeing the light of some very new Oak Island information that suggests there is a great deal more to the tale than being told. Joseph Des Barres may be telling us he knows about Oak Island at some point between 1755 and 1760. But still the question remains: “What exactly did he know about Oak Island and what does it have to do with the Knights Templar?”

It is easy to speculate that Joseph Des Barres was Knights Templar of this era. He also seems to have one of the most obvious Knights Templar pedigrees in Nova Scotia that is known of. If one examines the list of Baronetcies of Nova Scotia a great deal of other Templar influence may be guessed. His family ties and contributions to the development of Nova Scotia add to the reasons why he and his wife are interred in the Halifax Round Church even though he spent his time in Falmouth. Des Barres’ involvement in this alignment may be obvious by examining where this azimuth on the globe from Lunenburg Academy and Kaulback street “point to” after the transect Oak Island. This azimuth on the globe extends directly to the Castle Frederick estate of Jospeph Des Barres in Falmouth Nova Scotia. This small fact may indicate an origin to the Oak Island Legend to Des Barres and the other luminaries present in Nova Scotia during this era. Of course Joseph Des Barres knowledge of the value of this point on earth may extend back into the history of his family and their association with the Knights Templar as well as the Montagu’s association with both Templars and Hospitalars.

A real descendant of Knights Templar at rest inside a copy of the Temple Church in London. The “language of the birds” information that is emerging here is significant and applies directly to the kind of Masonic imagery we see in various legends like Oak Island, The Newport Tower, Kensington Rune, and other places of mystery and intrigue. The story of Everhard Des Barres third Grand Commander of the Knights Templar and William Des Barres present at the cutting of the Elm serves to denote the importance of this Norman family in the history and lore of the Knights Templar in any form be it old or new.

In many ways the story of Joseph Des Barres is similar to the story of John Bidwell who founded Chico California. Bidwell descended from Templar Knight Ormus le Guidon (the Standard Bearer) who founded the Biddulph family of England. Ormus built Norman Churches in Staffordshire that adhere to this architectural tradition. Biddulph’s were known to have fought at Poitiers as squires to Knight Audley on the English side. Bidwell went on to plan Chico with a chess board inspired street plan and City Plaza that does seem to function as an Axis Mundi. The City Plaza in Chico points to the Monastery of New Clairvaux about eighteen miles northwest of Chico.

It is entirely possible that cartographers and astronomers like Cassini, Des Barres, Thompson (Hudson’s Bay Company), Jefferson, d’Abbadie, and Von Humboldt would be more than capable of both understanding talismanic arrays of architecture of mystery as well as arranging arrays of their own. All of these men are involved in landscape mysteries that involve hidden treasure. The question still does linger as to whether they are telling us about ancient or modern mysteries. In the end the analysis seems to display the fact that many of these conundrums were manufactured using classic imagery from days gone by that actually meant something to both the elite class via the Egyptian suggestions of the Declaration of Arbroath as well as the Coptic and Egyptian overtones of some aspects of Freemasonry.

The involvement of Sir Francis Bacon at Oak Island has come about for many reasons related to the Enochian imagery we have noted in its different forms with regard to Freemasonry. Many people also attribute Bacon as having had a hand in the development of Freemasonry and it is clear that he held some Rosicrucian beliefs that were applied to his intelligence gathering and psychological operations. Bacon is mentioned in association with Dr. John Dee, Sir Francis Walsingham, Robert Beale (Treasure), and possibly Pirate Peter Easton among others with regard to intelligence gathering and operations. Bacon had also spent a great deal of time and had been educated in France just as many noble Scotsmen had been including Sir James Douglas.

Of course many speculate that Bacon or his group of the Invisible College or Order of the Helmet had secretly penned the plays attributed to William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s name even serves as a language of the birds version of Athena the Spear Shaker. Given all of this it is easy to see why people would attribute many strange and unexplainable things to Sir Bacon. What could have Sir Francis Bacon left or had placed at Oak Island? It would have been natural for the intelligence service that Bacon had helped to establish to use the works of Shakespeare as an encoding device or to suppose later secrets based on inside information as to the reality of these works.

It is clear that two plays including Richard II and Henry IV include several characters in the role of rebels or opposition to the king that are in reality extended members of the Mortuo Mari family that includes the founders of Newport Rhode Island, Thomas Jefferson and other First Families of New England and Virginia. None of these family or literary characters are related to Oak Island in any real way that can be proven. They are related in very real and tangible ways to Newport and Williamsburg including blood relations of Sir Francis Bacon himself. At least ten United States Presidents include a Mortuo Mari lineage. We do in fact see the Mortuo Mari intermarrying with both the Des Barres and Montigu families through time. The Mortuo Mari may not have been Knights Templar but order of the Garter. Prince Edward himself was descendant in part from the Mortuo Mari as well. So there are connections between all of these people that involve genealogy beyond their associations with specific chivalric orders. Why would the image of Sir Francis Bacon and Shakespeare be suggested in involvement at Oak Island or anywhere else in Nova Scotia?

Many speculate that Bacon’s papers are among those things that were hermetically sealed and placed in the enigmatic money pit at Oak Island. This legend is countered by another similar legend in Williamsburg Virginia home to the mystery of the Bruton Parish Church Vault. Even though this story has been around Williamsburg for much longer many believe that this mystery was first brought to light by the wife of Masonic philosopher Manly P. Hall. Ms. Hall did in fact make many assumptions about the grave stone markers in the Churchyard for the first time but the legend of the vaults existence has been rumored since colonial times. It is possible that the existence of this legend only occurred due to the presence of a man named Nathaniel Bacon in the Jamestown Colony. Given this we may be left to debate the authenticity of two treasure or vault legends that are not true in order to decide which represented the original initiatory quest. Many even suggest that what Bacon had sent to the New World was a replica of the Ark of the Covenant that contained his papers and thoughts.

There is a great deal of rationale as to why Francis Bacon would send items or what some say is a reproduction of the Ark of the Covenant to what was then Jamestown, Virginia. Bacon was related via his sister to Bartholomew Gosnold who was an early influential figure at the colony. His later family relation Nathaniel Bacon is the person who in legend brought the “vault of information” to Jamestown. Legend at first held that this ‘Ark’ was buried beneath the altar of the Chapel in Jamestown. This chapel was recently excavated and did reveal a strange reliquary in the grave of Gosnold’s cohort Captain Gabreill Archer. Archer does indeed seem to be one of the cloistered Catholics of early America with many speculating he may have been a Jesuit spy. (See Jamestown Chapter for more on the reliquary)

It is also clear that Sir Francis Bacon owned an interest in the Virginia Company as well as the Cupid’s Colony of Newfoundland as discussed. So which is the real site of the supposed Bacon’s vault? (LOL). It does appear at this point as if Williamsburg is a better candidate for hidden items associated with Bacon. There are no associations between Oak Island and Sir Francis Bacon like those that exist in Jamestown and Williamsburg. Or is there more? Had Speculation of Bacon and Oak Island been seemingly produced out of the thin air of misinterpretation and wishful thinking by with regard to the very same Enochian philosophy that dictated a value of such legends in the first place? Where is the Bacon connection to Oak Island?

There is also a great deal more suggestion that the works of Shakespeare were applied to families and happenings in Rhode Island and Virginia rather than those in Nova Scotia. The legacy of Nova Scotia and origins of the Oak Island story do not begin until the revolutionary war. It appears the site of Jamestown and Williamsburg were chosen for the same spatial relationship Oak Island has to the Daphne octagon of Constantine the Great. It is also important to point out that the talismans of the Newport Tower and Powder Magazine in Williamsburg were no longer under the control of the direct family of Prince Edward at that time. The Newport Tower lays only a few miles east of the azimuth that points to Oak Island and Williamsburg from the Daphne of Constantine. This may be close enough to consider that the Newport Tower was placed due to this association as well. Later Elizabeth built Star Castle to also mark an association with the Newport Tower and Provincetown Harbor on Cape Cod.

Williamsburg displays all the tenets of this tradition including an additional octagonal structure that is pointed to by the Daphne octagon of Constantine. These locational attributes again may be the only reason Williamsburg is located where it is and the only reason an Enochian treasure myth was ever developed at Oak Island. All of these influences from Williamsburg extend to the Kensington Stone and all the other monuments and families in this saga through American History. Many of them are associated with the Society of the Cincinnati and were among the earliest to control all of the most vital industries as our country developed.

Think about it. Two Enochian vault legends both arrayed along an arc on the globe suggested by a structure that was built by Constantine the Great who had inspired Charlemagne in his mysteries. Add to that the mystery of the Newport Tower. To those in the know this would be in irresistible context in which to arrange new and different mythologies related to the concepts they valued in a new land. The fact that both of the mysteries are arrayed as such may indicate that they had been developed after people had found these points on earth and had intentionally applied their values to them with regard to what Constantine had done earlier. In this context the establishment of Virginia and Williamsburg may reveal a greater and truer value of this concept.

There is a great deal to suggest that parties unknown had applied concepts seen in the works of Shakespeare to mysteries present both in Williamsburg and Stirling Castle. Who may these people be? A good guess would be some of the characters and families we have already discussed. It is clear that Robert Beale was part of Elizabethan Intelligence and was close to the Queen herself. Beale had counseled the mother of King James I, Mary Queen of Scots, prior to her beheading. It is likely this same Beale family is involved in both the mystery at Williamsburg and the famous Beale Treasure.

Amazingly there is a direct and well noted connection between the Montagu family and the personage of Sir Francis Bacon. A fierce debate rages over the possibility that Bacon and his “Order of the Helmet” were behind the works of Shakespeare. A direct earlier relation to the two Montagu’s of early Halifax including Lord Halifax (Montagu-Dunk) named Walter Montagu was a close political allay and confidant of Sir Francis Bacon. Montagu was the son of the first Earl of Manchester. Walter’s biography also states that he is described as having “run the English Secret Service.” In fact later the elder Montagu would be disgraced along with Bacon in a scandal that would severely tarnish Bacon’s reputation though not destroy it. Montagu emerged from this victory with his position and influence still intact. Later in the eighteenth century another Montagu would be one of the most well known editor and publisher of the works of Shakespeare. The Montagu’s even have a legacy spanning hundreds of years in association with Bacon and Shakespeare. Remember Lord Halifax (Montague-Dunk) personally communicated in letters to James Bruce about his Ethiopian expedition that were later included in Bruce’s book. With this then in mind it is no surprise that the Montague’s (different spelling same family) were among those who helped to establish Jamestown and who had come in a later mid-seventeenth century wave of immigration that included what would come to be known of as the Cavaliers of Virginia. The Montague’s of Virginia intermarried with all of the premier First Families and are indeed related to the Hills, Washington’s, Lee’s, Moncure’s, and others. So the Montagu legacy was firmly established in two places that use the imagery of Bacon and Shakespeare in an associated vault legend at Oak Island and Williamsburg. So. At which location is the vault actually stashed? Is it at either location or is all this a ploy to get us to study Shakespeare and the historical context of the early settlement of North America?

The involvement of Walter Montagu’s father the Earl of Manchester comes just as Jamestown is being founded. This is the classic era of Baconian associations with Virginia and the Cupid’s Colony. Walter’s position as spy master and his father’s association with Bacon may have led to later Montagu’s and other associated families such as the Des Barre’s being privy to how the work of Shakespeare and Bacon could be used and or deciphered. If Francis Bacon or Shakespeare had included coded messages or ciphers in the artwork and text of early folios than what better candidate to have been privy to the solution and historical context of such hidden elements than these families? It may also make sense that other entities after the era of Bacon would use these secrets in their own ways towards ends they were never intended to attain.

It may be that the presence of the Montagu family in Nova Scotia and also in Jamestown is the only reason there are myths of Sir Francis Bacon and Shakespeare at both locations. In addition it is obvious that other associated families that had also been associated with Bacon like the Beale’s, Easton’s, Mortimer’s, and others could have also been privy to some of this information. In this way it made it to family members Robert E. Lee, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. Why would rich and powerful families leave a treasure for you to find? It may be that their story is what they want you to find. Along the way one is forced to learn the politics, social mores, and culture of each era of history these people had influence on. It exposes the true origins of national interests and those that created them.

Is this a legacy of the Knights Templar or some of the powerful families that had once been original Knights Templar? It may be that these people’s family influence would trump the involvement of any specific Order such as the Knights Templar. As a result many activities of these bloodlines have been ascribed to the activities of the Knights Templar. Many former Knights Templar families would go on to hold influential positions in other orders. This is true in the existence of two men named Pedro Montagu who commanded two competing orders at the same time. Later there would also be Blanchefort commanders of both orders as well at different time.

Alternately it is true that these families influence and wealth through the years would indicate the existence of an organization of former families of the Knights Templar somewhat similar to the Society of the Cincinnati we see composed of American Revolutionary War officers after that conflict. In turn some of the members of the Society of the Cincinnati and other early residents of Jamestown and Nova Scotia could also claim descent from original Knights Templar Brothers. On the French side even the name d’Abbadie (of the abbey) may indicate Templar origins. Does this mean that the Knights Templar continued to exist as a secret order since the fourteenth century?

This is possible. Given all the political intrigue, Royal, and family associations it may be hard to actually establish the fact that this organization soldiered on all that time. It is true that many of these families kept precise family records that went back in time to as early as the fourth century. All of these families often had different faiths, nationalities, royal associations, as well as membership in organizations like Freemasonry and other orders over that span of time. It is also clear that through history family fraternities have existed that were patterned after the Royal Houses of Europe. Many of these family groups were incredibly powerful beyond any association with a specific order of chivalry. In conclusion it is also these same bloodlines whose families always surface in association with nearly all of the mysterious places and myths that seem almost to have been placed in the psyche of the public intentionally. They are telling you the truth. You simply need to develop the skills to understand it. Along the way you may learn many factual and spiritual concepts that may be of personal use to those who seek the truth.

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