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.