The Westford Knight and Henry Sinclair

Evidence of a 14th Century Scottish Voyage to North America


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About the Book

The Westford Knight is a mysterious, controversial stone carving in Massachusetts. Some believe it is an effigy of a 14th century knight, evidence of an early European visit to the New World by Henry Sinclair, the Earl of Orkney and Lord of Roslin. In 1954, an archaeologist encountered the carving, long known to locals and ascribed a variety of origin stories, and proposed it to be a remnant of the Sinclair expedition. The story of the Westford Knight is a mix of history, archaeology, sociology, and Knights Templar lore. This work unravels the threads of the Knight’s history, separating fact from fantasy.

About the Author(s)

David Goudsward is the author of numerous articles and publications on genealogy and New England megalithic sites. He is a frequent lecturer on genealogical and historical topics. He lives in Lake Worth, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

David Goudsward
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: 29 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4649-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6179-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Foreword by Robert E. Stone      1

Preface      3

1. The Indian on the Ledge      7

2. The Sword and the Cross      14

3. A Knight Is Found      24

4. A Knight in Armor      33

5. Jarl Henry and the Sinclairs      43

6. A Knight Gunn      52

7. The Zeno Narrative      59

8. A Knight Under Siege      75

9. The Sinclair Expedition      86

10. Glooscap      95

11. The Knight Tower      101

12. The Boat Stone      108

13. The Knights Templar      117

14. Rosslyn Chapel      128

15. A Knight Mythologized      143

Epilogue      157

Appendix 1: Pohl’s Similarities between Glooscap and Henry Sinclair      165

Appendix 2: The Zeno Narrative, R. H. Major Translation (1873)      167

Appendix 3: The Zeno Narrative, Fred W. Lucas Translation (1898)      180

Appendix 4: James P. Whittall’s Twenty Tenets on the Newport Tower      195

Chapter Notes      199

Bibliography      231

Index      249

Book Reviews & Awards

“Intriguing”—The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord.