Bees, Honey


THE MYSTERIES OF ROSSLYN CHAPEL 3: the mysterious beehives

  During renovations of the 600 year old chapel construction workers discovered two stone beehives high on the roof of Rosslyn Chapel. It is certain that the beehives were built on the chapel between 1446-1484.

One of the beehives was not accessible for ‘harvesting’ but both could be used by the bees. Access to the open beehive was through an intricate stone-sculpted flower. It almost seemed that the one open beehive was not meant for harvesting honey, because due to the structure harvesting would be impossible. No one can easily harvest honey on a church roof. So if the beehive was meant for bees, it was only to give them shelter.

The spiritual or metaphysical reasons for two beehives on the roof of Rosslyn Chapel

William St. Clair had hidden reasons to build Rosslyn Chapel, of which one was already ascertained in the articles about the Devil inside Rosslyn, and the Devil’s Chord. William St. Clair was angry at the Roman Catholic Church for their betrayal of the Knights Templar, when the Church abrogated the Order of the Knights Templar in 1312 and allowed King Philip IV (1268-1314) to burn most of the Knights Templar at the stake.

William St. Clair could not openly show this anger, or his connectedness with the Knights Templar, but he could place evidence of his loyalty to the Knights Templar on the roof of his Chapel.

Why would William St. Clair choose a beehive?

There are several reasons why he would prefer to choose a beehive, regarding the Knights Templar:

What may have been other reasons to use beehives as a secret symbol?

“Reproduction of the bees is interesting. Not all bees have two parents. We have three classes: the queen, the female workers, and the male drones. The one special fertile female is the queen. The other females do not produce any eggs. The male bees are produced by the queen's unfertilized eggs (in other words - no father). The females are produced when the queen has mated with a male - therefore she has two parents.” (T.Worrel).

The symbolism is that the queen bee is the most important one, the males are considered rather useless. Is this a reference to the one and only Queen Bee Mary Magdalene?


Two ‘innocent’ beehives on the roof of Rosslyn Chapel may mean a lot more than one might at first contemplate: