The Engrailed Cross


From "The Bloodline of the Holy Grail" by Laurence Gardner.
"The name Saint Clair is derived from the Latin Sancto Claro which means Holy Light. In the engrailed cross of the Sinclairs, the esoteroic female symbol "V" represents the Chalice of Life whereas its male counterpart ^ (a V in reverse)  symbolises the Spear of Virility.  When conjoined one above the other (X) they indicate Unity and the engrailed sequence denotes Generation.  An engrailed cross is, therefore, indicative of Holy Generation". 

It may also indicate the union of two Royal Houses in so far as Jesus belonged to the Royal House of David (as is shown in stem of Jesse in Rosslyn Chapel) whilst Mary Magdalene (who he put above his 'brothers') was from the Royal House of Benjamin.  She is also 'seen' in Rosslyn Chapel where she is represented by the five-petalled rose - the sacred feminine.

More commonly the engrailed cross has been described as being indicative of the protection of the True Cross i.e., the True Cross is encased within the grail or grille i.e., engrailed.  The St, Clairs were said to be the protectors of the Grail which gave rise to the (erroneous) belief that the Holy Grail was encased within the Apprentice Pillar in Rosslyn Chapel.

Elsewhere, the four arms of the engrailed cross are referred to as the four rivers of Eden or, less romantically, to the scales of the dragon of wisdom.  The dragon or sea serpent - bistea neptunis - (as seen on Prince Henry Sinclair's coat-of-arms) has always represented the ultimate symbol of sovereignty with Celtic people.

Sufficient be it to say that the engrailed cross has appeared on the coats-of-arms of most Sinclairs branches for many centuries.  It has appeared on the shields of our forebears, on the sails of our ships, on the ceilings of our castles and, above all, in the intricate architectural splendour of Rosslyn Chapel.

It is a striking symbol which should be displayed with pride wherever and whenever Sinclairs are gathered together.

Niven Sinclair

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