The Knights Templar had a fleet of 18 ships which many used to escape from La Rochelle, France on the eve of their arrests in 1307. As fugitives from the Pope they were viewed by many in Europe as pirates. They did find sanctuary in Scotland and fought with Scotland in their war for independence from England. Henry Sinclair later used the Templar fleet in exploration of Greenland and North America in 1398. He had also claimed family ties to the Templars stating first Grand Master Hugues de Payns had married a Sinclair.
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