Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani
The Grand Priory of Knights Templar in Scotland

Working as the Commandery of St Clair, Scotland Reg No: SC314552, No S1,

a Commandery of the Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom.



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Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani (OSMTH) is an International Non Governmental Organisation, registered in Geneva, Swiss Reg No: CH-660.1.972777-4 and is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, member of the Confederation of Non Governmental Organisations and the International Peace Bureau. 
Welcome to the website of The Grand Priory of Knights Templar in Scotland Reg No: SC314552, working as the Commandery of St Clair, Scotland, No S1, a regular Commandery under the Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom, OSMTH (GPUK).

The Commandery of St Clair was duly Chartered in 2006 at Rosslyn Chapel, near Edinburgh under the auspices of the Grand Priory of France, OSMTH.  In 2015 discussions were commenced to merge the Scottish Commandery with the Grand Priory of England and Wales, OSMTH.  It is with great pleasure that in March 2016 this ratification process concluded successfully at Rothley in Leicestershire with the co-joining to create the new Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom, OSMTH (GPUK).

For further information on our contacts, activities and membership, please go to the website of the Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom at:  http://www.knight-templar.org.uk/ 

* Please note that our Order does not have any connections with any nationalistic or right-winged organisations of a similar name.


Our official name is Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani, Latin for “The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem”, and often shortened to the initials OSMTH or SMOTJ.  It is more commonly referred to as the “The Knights of the Temple” or “The Knights Templar”.

Our Order was founded on the principles first adopted by the original Templar Knights in France in the Year 1118 and carried out in those early days from their home in the Temple of Solomon in the Holy City of Jerusalem, provided for them by then King of Jerusalem Baldwin, the Second. In these modern times, OSMTH is international in nature with members from over 40 nations, ecumenical Christian in our religious beliefs welcoming Members of all Christian religions, and focused on matters of human rights, political and religious freedom, and humanitarian aid to the world's less fortunate. OSMTH is accredited by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status, and maintain Missions at the United Nations in New York City, Geneva and Vienna. 

Like the Knights Templar of old, we operate as a modern-day worldwide network of educated professionals in such widely diverse protocols as senior government officials, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, senior clergy, military officers, physicians and surgeons, engineers, historians, and humanitarian aid caregivers. OSMTH represents many of the most respected and credible senior officials in their home nations, providing both a highly respected body of expertise, an influential voice to support commitment to the less fortunate of the world, and to promote the time-tested chivalric ideals of honour, honesty, civility, tolerance, care for our fellow man, and support for ecumenical religious faith throughout our individual nations and throughout the world community. 

We often find ourselves working with and through other Chivalric Orders, the senior leadership of other nations, and with other Non-Governmental Organizations [NGO] in order to provide humanitarian aid and other involvement in resolution of serious humanitarian needs or political, ethnic, and religious conflict. Engaging the respect and credibility of our world membership in their home nations, we are able to bring resolution and assistance in matters that quite often become bogged down in the bureaucracy of governments and regulations. Our objectives include the international promotion of inter-cultural and inter-religious contacts and worldwide networks in order to help build bridges of brotherhood between nations and cultures, as well as individual good works performed by individual anonymous Knights and Dames. As ecumenical Christians, we also seek to increase awareness of conflicts and their causes and in so doing, work towards their future prevention and ultimate peaceful coexistence of all nations.

OSMTH aspires to foster a cosmopolitan society in which differences among peoples, cultures, and governments will be both respected and appreciated. We seek the betterment of humanity through education, world brotherhood, chivalric principles, and civil behaviour and treatment among one-another. 


Jacques De Molay, 23rd Grand Master

Jacques De Molay,
23rd Grand Master

Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani - The Grand Priory of Knights Templar in Scotland - Reg No: SC314552