FRAMED 10.11.2011 Scottish Knight Templers at Jedburgh Abbey. 1988.
FRAMED 10.11.2011 Scottish Knight Templers at Jedburgh Abbey. 1988.

Four members of a religious order of ancient warriors were invested at a ceremony in the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey in March 1988.

They included former Jedburgh provost and at that time Roxburgh District Councillor Gideon Yellowlees. The investiture of the former Jedthart Callant as a Knight Templar was carried out by Chevalier Francis Sherry of Achaea, right, the Grand Prior of the East of Scotland Bailiwick of Knights Templar.

The Grand Prior was accompanied by his sword-bearer, standard-bearer and ceremonial guard, the Garde Eccose.

Three others were also invested – Eddie Armstrong OBE who, as town clerk of Langholm, had organised the ceremony that gave the Freedom of the Muckle Toon to 1969 moon-lander Neil Armstrong; Patricia Minto-Johnstone of Jedburgh who worked on the BBC’s Children in Need and Michael Hickman from Coldstream who served for 22 years with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

Two Templars from America and one from Canada attended the ceremony which, according to TheSouthern, had several curious onlookers.

The Jedburgh Commandery of Knights Templar donated a quaich to be presented to the winner of the annual literary competition held in conjunction with the Jethart Callant’s Festival.

Giddy Yellowlees said he was delighted to have been approached and had enjoyed the ceremony.

The Templar, founded in 1118 to protect pilgrims to the Holy Land, now raise money for charity.

Compiled by Bob Burgess