About this artwork

This photograph was taken in Rosslyn Chapel, a fifteenth-century church in the village of Roslin, to the south of Edinburgh. Famous for its Masonic architecture and symbolism, and its possible connections to Freemasonry, the chapel has even been suggested as the resting place of the Holy Grail. Its roof is supported by thirteen columns, the most famous of which is the Apprentice Pillar. Legend has it that it was carved by a young apprentice whilst the master mason was away researching the design of the pillar. On his return the mason, who did not expect to find it finished so beautifully, killed the apprentice in a fit of jealousy. The design is said to be inspired by Norse legend and shows eight dragons at the base of the pillar from whose mouths spring vines that wind around the pillar.

William Donaldson Clark

William Donaldson Clark