The Orders full name is The United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta and is a Masonic order commemorating the actions and history of the medieval Knights who were granted accommodation by King Baldwin 2nd in the Temple at Jerusalem in 1118. In return, the Knights served as protectors to those pilgrims who travelled to the holy land and became known as “the poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon. This was later shortened to “Knights Templar”.
The Masonic order of Knights Templar can be traced back to the late 1700’s and the ceremonies depict the progress of a pilgrim in becoming a Knight of the Order and subsequently a Knight of Malta. There are two entry qualifications; Those of being a Royal Arch Companion and a Christian.
For more information about the Provincial Priory of Warwickshire and Knights Templar in general please visit their website at: http://www.knightstemplarwarwickshire.org.uk/