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by James A. McQuiston, FSAScot
Editor/Publisher, Celtic Guide
As some of you may know, I have been working with the folks who currently own most of Oak Island, Nova Scotia, and are carrying on a 222-year-old search for treasure, or at least a search for the history behind the mystery.
I have written two books on the subject, both available on Amazon and a few other sites. The first book is Oak Island Missing Links, which covers early history including theories about Sir Henry Sinclair and a voyage to North America in 1398. It also deals with items missing from Scotland that would have been ideal to take to a New Scotland, or Nova Scotia. I also talk a lot about the Templars.
I was invited to give my theories to the Oak Island team last year in their war room. I was asked to continue research in a certain area, which resulted in the second book, Oak Island 1632. In writing that book, I made some startling discoveries, especially concerning the formation of the Freemasons. The story is fairly long so I can't get into it here, but it is a major part of the second book.
A bottom line summary is that Scottish clan chiefs, many who had links back to the Knights Templar, became Knight Baronets of Nova Scotia, and attempted a settlement there from 1629 through 1632, when they were driven out by the French. That is when I think something major happened on Oak Island, which I lay out my reasons for in this book.
What makes for very interesting reading is that the leader of the Scots in Nova Scotia became the world's first Freemason. His brother was number two and another brother was number seven. In fact, all seven of the first Freemasons in history were associated with this Scots settlement in Nova Scotia. This becomes one of the best proofs that the Freemasons developed out of Knights Templar traditions, as many have believed for years.
During the last 16 months I have provided the Oak Island team with a lot of research. I am a Fellow with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and have been studying Scottish history for decades. Now I am on the Oak Island team, providing regular, ongoing research for them, including fielding emails with new theories or information.
This has taken me away from this website a little, but gradually I am rebuilding it after taking a big hit last year.
By posting new articles, and reposting older articles directly to this site, versus a pdf format, we are creating a massive searchable library of Celtic culture. Meanwhile, our Facebook page is still in recovery from being damaged, but showing signs of improvement. Thank you to all who participate there.
The process has been a little slow since I was busy writing these two books on the Oak Island mystery all through 2017, along with publishing another shorter work early in the year. (Again, for those interested, these book titles are – Oak Island 1632 (my first recommendation), Oak Island Missing Links (also packed full of good info), and Patrick's Run, my first historical fiction about a real life Irish hero of the War of 1812, and ultimately of the anti-death penalty community, being executed for a crime he didn't commit, while deaf, aging, and living a subsistence-level existence.
I also have the books, Captain Jack: Father of the Yukon, and Ebenezer Denny: First Mayor of Pittsburgh, both packed full of interesting history, including Scottish and Irish links. All are available on Amazon and elsewhere.
I have also posted a new link under the New Stuff! tab, which will become a series on Celtic music, and which I have called "Roots and Rhythms," and I just recently posted a fourth column on the Lambeg drum.
Also, you may have notice that I've added the typical Social Media icons for emailing us and for getting to our Facebook page. They are at the right just below the search window. Replacing the Facebook tab across the top of the page will be an entirely new category helping the reader access what the experts have to say. In a few cases, we've had what might be considered the world's expert on subjects. In others, we've had substantial scientific professionals providing some amazing information. I've decided they need their own tab. Watch for additions here as time allows.