Chapel Hill, Coulter
This is an unusual card of Chapel Hill, Coulter. Not seen this card before. Indeed was unaware of what the significance of this location is. The Parish Church is and has always been in a different location altogether. That is why I have put a map with this card. The map is the 1st Ordnance Survey edition of 1859 and is reproduced here Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland.
The chapel is linked according to Wilson`s Contribution to the History of Lanarkshire as the site of a Templar Chapel. The Templars or to give them their proper title `Knights Templar` were founded in the late 11th/early 12th century to guard the area associated with the temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Part of this area is occupied by the El Aska Mosque in Jerusalem. During the Crusades, it is alleged that the Templars discovered a treasure under this area, others however think that they buried a treasure here. The Knights Templar fell into disgrace in Europe in the early 14th century. Scotland however did not as far as I know persecute them and they fought for Robert Bruce at Bannockburn in 1314. Coulter`s Chapel was founded by Walter Byset and there was supposed to be a house for them as well.