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Ancient chapel's rare book treasure.

Literary works rescued from a fire more than 500 years ago could be hidden at Rosslyn Chapel, a historian has claimed.

The ancient books and manuscripts are known to have been rescued from the blaze at Rosslyn Castle, East Lothian, in 1452.

At the time, the castle was used as a scriptorium, where friars wrote manuscripts, and was connected to the chapel by secret tunnels.

Historian and symbologist Ashley Cowie said the fire destroyed many works, but others were saved by the Earl of Rosslyn.

Cowie said: "There's a legend he had three ladies in waiting and his wife, and he raced past them through the fire to get to the books.

"He threw two chests out the window as his servants were escorting his family out. There were some seriously valuable papers and books."

The 15th-century chapel has been in the St Clair family for 600 years.

The present Countess of Rosslyn said: "There was a fire at the castle and the books were saved but I don't know where they have gone now."

The chapel features in the final part of the BBC Alba series Great Estates, to be shown on Thursday at 10.30pm.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 17, 2016
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