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The Stained Angel of Rosslyn Chapel Ward Ginn's picture of the stained angel of Rosslyn Chapel

See also Bill Buehler's interpretation in his Crypt Angel.
From: (Ward Ginn)
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 1999 18:07:25 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Rosslyn Chapel Offer Up Another Surprise


I am a new member of the Sinclair Discussion list. Unlike most members of the Sinclair family, I have to go back 19 generations to Mary Sinclair to make the connection, the daughter of Prince Henry Sinclair.

Ward Ginn's picture of
the stained angel of Rosslyn Chapel
From: Ward Ginn <>
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 17:02:52 -0400

There seems to be some confusion about the photograph of the bleeding angel versus other angels that are not painted.

The photograph of the "bleeding" angel was taken in late February of this year in the crypt of Rosslyn Chapel, not in the chapel proper where there are no painted carvings. My recollection is that there are only two painted carvings and both are in the crypt. One is of St Peter holding a key and the other is the angel that is the subject of our current discussion. I will stand correction, but I believe that there are at least two angels holding the Sinclair shield in the chapel proper, one is above the west entrance of the baptistery and the other is to the left of a window on the north side of the chapel east of the entrance door.

Ward L. Ginn, Jr.
In February of this year, I made my first visit to Rosslyn Chapel. Like most visitors I took several photographs of the chapel. Two of the photographs I took were carvings in the sacristy that someone in recent times painted. One was an angel that, when enlarged, revealed blood-like stains which flowed from what appeared to be a wound to the right side of the angel's forehead. If you are interested in seeing this photograph, you are invited to proceed to the following address:

At this point in time, I cannot explain how these stains came about. The wound that is implied by the flow of the blood-like stains closely corresponds in location to that depicted in the carving of the apprentice. The blood-like stains have gone un-noticed until now, based on information I have received from people close to Rosslyn Chapel.

I will keep you posted on the status of this discovery in the futures.

Ward Ginn
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 21:44:49 EDT

I was in Roslin Chaple the 1st. week of June this year, and also had taken a picture of "the bleeding angle" in the vault. It appears to me that the stain starts above her head, as her golden hair has the same marking. I must admit I didn't see this during the time I was there, but only looked again at the picture after reading all of the news on the discussion list. You must know that I was in awe during my visit there. My mind was rereading Andrew Sinclair's book The Sword and the Grail as well as remembering Niven's many stories told in the Clan Sinclair U.S.A. newsletter. It was like Christmas day to a child. As Niven has said "That which is born in the bone can never be driven out of the blood".
Donald Sinclair (Indy)
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