THE KIRKWALL SCROLL
The Kirkwall Scroll, is made of three pieces of hand-painted, strong linen sewn together and throughout. Radiocarbon dated to the early 15th century this treasure has been carefully protected by generations of Orkney Freemasons. The complete hanging cloth is eighteen feet six inches long and five feet six inches wide.
It consists of a centre strip which contains beautifully drawn Masonic symbols, and two outer strips which appear to be some kind of maps.
Over the years there have been many theories about the scroll. Is this a very early Tracing Board or Floor Cloth?
The symbolism of the centre strip does seem to show the progression of the initiate from degree of Entered Apprentice through to the rank of Sovereign Grand Inspector General in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite or Rose Croix.