As part of the online material supplementing America Unearthed, H2 has posted a deleted scene from the season finale of the show, “Hunt for the Holy Grail.” The scene features show host Scott Wolter discussing (what else) imaginary Templar voyager Henry Sinclair with Steve St. Clair. The two speculate wildly about how the government of Nova Scotia is hiding the truth about the Templar-Holy Bloodline connection and have encoded this information in the Canadian province’s flag.
The two-minute scene begins when Wolter asserts that Henry Sinclair brought to America “scrolls, technology, gold, the Holy Bloodline of Jesus and Mary. I think most people just sum it up by saying ‘The Holy Grail.’” I will reiterate something I asked when reviewing a near-identical line included in the broadcast episode: What exactly does Wolter believe about ancient history? What “technology” does he think medieval people rediscovered under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem?
Wolter then displays an image of the flag of Nova Scotia using a cheap cell phone app. He points to an actual Nova Scotia flag fluttering on a nearby pole, featuring a yellow shield emblazoned with a red lion atop a blue St. Andrew’s cross. His app, however, differs and displays the shield in white rather than yellow. Wolter tells St. Clair: “The lion is the symbol of Jesus and his Bloodline families. […] And look at the colors of that shield, red and white. What are the Templar colors? […] To me, that’s a strong connection.” Here Wolter seems to be suggesting that the association of Jesus with the tribe of Judah (his mother’s tribe) means that his descendants therefore are symbolized by the Lion of Judah from Genesis 49:9 as specifically applied to Jesus in Revelation 5:5. There is no evidence, though, that any “Bloodline” families used a lion as an occult symbol; instead, the lion is one of the most common symbols ever used for nobility and royalty.
Another point of fact: The shield on the Nova Scotia flag is yellow and red, not white and red. The current design was developed in 1858 and used by the government only in 1929 when British, Scottish, and Canadian authorities resolved a ridiculously complex dispute over the province’s arms and banners; it remains an unofficial flag with no governing law. The clip itself makes its yellow shield plain by repeatedly shooting an actual yellow-shielded Nova Scotia flag while Wolter asserts, against the evidence of his own eyes, that it is white. Second, the shield is a copy of the arms of Scotland, as should be obvious from the name Nova Scotia—New Scotland. Perhaps all of Scotland is in on the conspiracy and has been since King William (the Rough) of Scotland (r. 1165-1214), posthumously called William the Lion, used the red lion rampant on a yellow field in the 1160s as his personal arms. Afterward, it became Scotland’s royal standard, inherited by the British monarchs, who still display it on the British coat of arms. He was not a member of the Sinclair family or the Knights Templar. In fact, he fought against Henry II of England, a Norman noble with a much closer connection to the Sinclair/Holy Bloodline fakery via (a) his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, who had dealings with the Templars in France, and (b) his own outright rule over Normandy, the original Sinclair homeland.
Steve St. Clair then uses his cell phone to show Scott Wolter a blue shield with a white rampant lion, which he calls the arms of the Morville family (the exact image of which you can see on Steve’s Pintrest page, which he seemed to be accessing), the former constables of Scotland. St. Clair claims the Morvilles brought the St. Clair/Sinclair family to Scotland after the Conquest. The arms, of course, are not nearly as old as that since they were not in use during the Conquest; formal, inheritable heraldry isn’t that old (the first coat of arms was recorded in 1151). While a few Morville seals (not arms) with lions on them exist from the Conquest period, the Morville family went extinct in the male line before the first records of heraldry came into existence. St. Clair’s version of the arms is not the later personal arms of the descendants of the Morville family (which involved stripes and no lion) but is instead the arms of the Lords of Galloway, who at one time were related to the Morvilles by marriage. A lord of Galloway married Constable Richard de Morville’s daughter Helen and inherited the Morville titles in 1203 after the male line went extinct. This same Richard de Morville enfoeffed Henry de Santo Claro (Sinclair) to a quarter of a knight’s service. This provides our tentative connection between the extinct Morvilles and our Henry Sinclair of Orkney two centuries later. The Sinclairs went on to serve the Lords of Galloway as justiciars.
Interesting fact (not really), the early lords of Galloway used a rampant lion as their symbol, but only later (after 1369) did their non-Morville successors, the Douglasses (along with various related families), adopt the blue shield and silver lion displayed by Steve St. Clair. Thus, it is by virtue of the Galloway inheritance of the Morville titles and the personal seals of the Morville constables that St. Clair retroactively promotes the Galloway arms as Morville arms. (See Bruce A. McAndrew’s Scotland’s Historic Heraldry, Boydell Press, 2006 for more than you ever wanted to know about this.)
Other rampant lions appear on the arms of the city of Jerusalem, the arms of Belgium, the arms of Norway, the arms of Bulgaria, etc. etc. Unlike the Nova Scotia flag, the rampant lions on the arms of the Czech Republic (and Bohemia before it) and Lyon in France are both red and white, the “Templar” colors! So there you have it: The Holy Bloodline is hiding out in Prague.
St. Clair, who I will remind you has loudly disclaimed to me belief in the Sinclair voyage, points out in the video that the lion faces to the west (no fooling—all rampant lions in heraldry face left; it’s convention; those rare lions facing right or counter-rampant occur very infrequently and almost always in Continental rather than Scottish heraldry) and Wolter suggests this is an esoteric symbol for a westward voyage by the Bloodline to America. I’d note that “west” in this case is “west” only if you assume that north belongs at the top, a modern mapmaking convention that was not consistently observed in the Middle Ages, when many maps placed east at the top, the origin of “orient” as a verb. St. Clair notes the St. Andrew’s cross on the Nova Scotia flag and declares “X marks the spot” where Henry Sinclair arrived.
No, try again. The Nova Scotia flag in its current form was invented in 1858. It was based on the coat of arms of Nova Scotia granted in 1625, which featured the Scottish royal arms across a reversed Scottish flag. This flag was not even used until 1929, long after the Sinclair myth originated with Richard Henry Major (in 1873) and Johann Reinhold Forster (in 1784)! Heck, that Sinclair went to Nova Scotia was not proposed as the Sinclair arrival point until the 1950s when Frederick Pohl declared it so, much to the shock of previous Sinclair researchers. The flag specifically reversed the blue and white flag of Scotland, and the designers included the Scottish royal arms to distinguish the Nova Scotia banner from the otherwise identical imperial Russian naval ensign.
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