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Rosslyn Chapel Edinburgh

"The Apprentice Pillar"

Cite from Mary Jones Celtic encyclopedia;

At Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, there is a curious pillar called "The Apprentice Pillar." The first legend attached to it is that the pillar was carved by an apprentice of the master mason, who became jealous when he saw how good a job the apprentice did. The master mason had decided that the necessary pillar would be too difficult to carve and left for Italy to study with other masons. Meanwhile, the apprentice took it upon himself to carve the pillar, thus outstripping the work of his master. The mason's way of dealing with this jealousy was to kill the apprentice with a mallet. The wounded head of the apprentice was then carved into one capital of the pillar, and his weeping mother was carved into another.


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