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1 May 1997: The most famous carving in Rosslyn Chapel is the so-called "Apprentice Pillar."
One of the stories about this pillar is that the Holy Grail is buried within the column. The pillar has been scanned and nothing was found inside, but the myths persist.
The other interesting story is about the carving of the column. From "An Account of the Chapel of Rosslyn," written in 1774 by the Bishop of Caithness, as quoted in Rosslyn Chapel by The Earl of Rosslyn:
"The Master Mason, having received from the Founder the model of a pillar of exquisite workmanship and design, hesitated to carry it out until he had been to Rome or some other foreign part and seen the original. He went abroad and in his absence an apprentice, having dreamt that he had finished the pillar, at once set to work and carried out the design as it now stands, a perfect marvel of workmanship. The Master Mason on his return, seeing the pillar completed, instead of being delighted at the success of his pupil, was so stung with envy that he asked who had dared to do it in his absence. On being told that it was his apprentice, he was so inflamed with rage and passion that he struck him with his mallet, killed him on the spot and paid the penalty for his rash and cruel act."