The Mysterious Westford Knight: A Templar Memorial or Something Else?
Driving through Massachusetts, off 495, exit 32, is a mysterious and historic landmark in the town of Westford. It’s known as The Westford Knight (or sometimes as the Sinclair Rock). What it exactly should be called, besides a mystery, continues to be debated. MW had the wonderful opportunity to stop by and check it out. (Watch Video Below)
The legend of the Westford Knight begins from curious markings and a definite punch style engraving being found on the face of a glacial boulder in Westford; along what is now Depot Street. It is less than an hour’s drive from Boston to the Northwest.
Although badly worn from being left to outside elements over the passing ages, the etching on the boulder is known to have presented a man’s figure with shield and sword held in front. Today, only the sword is clearly seen. The full image has eroded away and seems lost to history.
First record of the carving’s presence on the boulder date back to 1873. It was uncertain then who had carved the mysterious figure onto the boulder, and why. At that time, the rock’s markings were assumed to be fashioned by Native Americans. Possibly even Colonial.
But later research into the subject matter of the carvings casts serious doubt on those first assumptions. The sword is identified as a 14th century large hand and a half wheel pommel type by Frank Glynn, past president of the Connecticut Archeological Society. The pommel, hilt, and blade, albeit weathered, are still very visible, and so the question has to be asked, ‘Why does this rock illustrate a medieval sword, shield, and man as the subject matter?’
Further study in this anomaly by Glynn in the 1950’s suggested the shield held emblems belonging to the Gunn Clan (which was much more visible at that time). This clan is linked to the Sinclairs of Scotland. From the believed 1398 voyage of Henry Sinclair to the New World, many feel the mysterious boulder’s illustration might be to commemorate a fallen companion of that voyage. Possibly a Knight Templar, named Sir James Gunn. Such the name ‘The Westford Knight’.
It was not until 2014 that the glass covering was placed overtop the glacial artifact to protect the features made onto the rock from further erasement. Proof for who or why the etching was crafted may never be discovered. However, the fact remains it is a mystery and possibilities exist that the rock, if a carving from a voyage made by Sinclair in 1398, shows evidence of a pre-Columbian visit to America.
Watch the Video to see more of the amazing site and stone’s carving:
Directions to visit the Westford Knight:
Exit 32 off 495 in Massachusetts. From Exit, drive West towards Westford. Turn Right on Lincoln Street. Straight onto Main Street. Bear Left on Depot Street. Westford Knight on right along Depot Street. Drive past the monument to park at nearby Abbot School.
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