In other words, it’s only a Hooked X® if and only if Wolter declares it such! Otherwise, even experts could easily mistake it for being exactly like all the other blackletter X’s!
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look.
Here is Wolter’s X from Portugal, which I have highlighted to show the letter more clearly, including the “hooks” on both the upper right and lower left staves. Note, too, that similar hooks and flourishes appear on the other letters of the inscription.
St. Clair claims that modern DNA studies and genealogical research show that the Sinclair family had members who married members of other families, who in turn provided money for the medieval construction of the priory during the Templar period. He therefore claims that all of the people who funded the priory’s construction as a “superfamily,” and that the Sinclairs are part of this superfamily through marriage.
This is roughly as much “proof” as the fact that Barack Obama and George W. Bush are distant cousins, which naturally puts them in a conspiracy, too. It is no surprise that a small, insular group of nobles interbred over centuries in the search for suitable brides and building alliances. This proves no conspiracy or connection, though, any more than the fact that Holy Roman Emperor Otto II married a Byzantine bride named Theophanu somehow “proves” that the Byzantines were “involved” in a century-long conspiracy to create the Teutonic Knights. In fact, it signifies the exact opposite of close involvement: The marriage sealed a peace treaty to keep the two rival empires out of each other’s way, though Otto ignored this in trying to annex Byzantine Italy. Anyway, the point is: shared DNA does not suggest a shared conspiracy.
St. Clair still has no evidence that members of the Sinclair family were active supporters of the Knights Templar or served in the Order. It remains a matter of record that members of the family testified against the Templars during their trials.