The Earl and Countess of Rosslyn
Peter St-Clair Erksine and Helen, Countess of Rosslyn
- A fascinating history written from the uniquely informed perspective of the Chapel’s current custodians, the Earl and Countess of Rosslyn
- Superbly illustrated throughout with new, specially-commissioned photography
- The perfect souvenir for visitors, and also fascinating to those interested in Scottish history or religious architecture
The glorious fifteenth-century Rosslyn Chapel is one of Scotland’s most extraordinary architectural masterpieces. Founded by Sir William St Clair, third Prince of Orkney, and inspired by the great Gothic cathedrals he had seen in France, the chapel has remained in the ownership of the St Clair family for over 550 years. Built entirely of stone, its many carvings embrace Christian imagery, representations of the pagan Green Man and the earliest recorded stone carving of the medieval Dance of Death. Written by the Earl and Countess of Rosslyn, this beautifully illustrated book explores the fascinating and intertwined histories of the St Clair family and their remarkable family chapel.
Peter St Clair-Erskine, 7th Earl of Rosslyn, inherited Rosslyn Chapel on his succession to the earldom in 1977. Together with his wife Helen, Countess of Rosslyn, he established the Rosslyn Chapel Trust in 1996 to oversee a major and ongoing programme of restoration.