I am currently working on a client’s genealogy that has taken me into a far reaching world that I never dreamed I would be exploring! That of the Templar Knights!
For years I have held a great fascination on the subject of the Knights, and especially that of Templar Knights and Crusaders. So to actually be working on a research project that allows me to pursue this fascination, has been tantamount to a dream come true!
This is the effigy of Sir Robert de Roos [aka: de Ros], which is located, naturally, within Temple Church in London, England. [Temple Church houses many stone effigy’s of the Knights Templar.]
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Sir Robert de Ros:“He was the son of Everard de Ros, Baron of Helmsley and Roese Trussebut, daughter of William Trussebut of Warter. In 1191, aged fourteen, he paid a thousand marks fine for livery of his lands to King Richard I of England. In 1197, while serving King Richard in Normandy, he was arrested for an unspecified offence, and was committed to the custody of Hugh de Chaumont, but Chaumont entrusted his prisoner to William de Spiney, who allowed him to escape from the castle of Bonville, England. King Richard thereupon hanged Spiney and collected a fine of twelve hundred marks from Ros' guardian as the price of his continued freedom.
When King John came to the throne, he gave Ros the barony of his great-grandmother's father, Walter d'Espec. Soon afterwards he was deputed one of those to escort William the Lion, his father-in-law, into England, to swear fealty to King John. Some years later, Robert de Ros assumed the habit of a monk, whereupon the custody of all his lands and Castle Werke (Wark), in Northumberland, were committed to Philip d'Ulcote, but he soon returned and about a year later he was High Sheriff of Cumberland.
When the struggle of the barons for a constitutional government began, de Ros at first sided with King John, and thus obtained some valuable grants from the crown, and was made governor of Carlisle; but he subsequently went over to the barons and became one of the celebrated twenty-five "Sureties" appointed to enforce the observance of Magna Carta, the county of Northumberland being placed under his supervision. He gave his allegiance to King Henry III and, in 1217-18, his manors were restored to him. Although he was witness to the second Great Charter and the Forest Charter, of 1224, he seems to have remained in royal favour.”
[taken from here]
Temple Church, London
While not all effigy’s depict a person at their tomb, or grave, Sir Robert is entombed at Temple Church.