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1 May 1997:  Angel holding a cross.

Sir Walter Scott's poem "The Lay of the Last Minstrel" includes the following about Rosslyn Chapel and the Sinclair knights buried there beneath the chapel in their full armor:

"O'er Roslin all that dreary night
A wondrous blaze was seen to gleam;
'Twas broader than the watch-fire light,
And redder than the bright moonbeam.
     It glared on Roslin's castled rock,
     It ruddied all the copse-wood glen;
     'Twas seen from Dryden's groves of oak,
     And seen from caverned Hawthornden.
Seemed all in fire that chapel proud, 
Where Roslin's chiefs uncoffined lie;
Each Baron for a sable shroud,
Sheathed in his iron ponoply.
     Seemed all on fire within, around,
     Deep sacristy and altar pale;
     Shone  every pillar foliage bound,
    And glimmered at the dead man's mail.
Blazed battlement and pinnet high,
Blazed every rose-carved buttress fair --
So still they blaze when fate is nigh,
The lordly line of high St. Clair.
     There are twenty of Roslin's barons bold,
     Lie buried in that proud chapelle;
     Each one the holy vault doth hold --
     But the sea holds lovely Rosabelle.
And each St. Clair was buried there,
With candle, with book, and with knell;
But the sea-caves rung, and the wild winds sung,
The dirge of Lovely Rosabelle."