The Legend of the Apprentice Pillar at Rosslyn Chapel remains fascinating adding mystical dimenson to impressive stone carving (picture).
“According to the legend, the master mason did not believe that the
apprentice could perform the complicated task of carving the column
without seeing the original which formed the inspiration for the design.
The master mason travelled to see the original himself, but upon his
return was enraged to find that the upstart apprentice had completed the
column anyway. In a fit of jealous anger the mason took up his mallet
and struck the apprentice on the head, killing him. The legend concludes
that as punishment for his crime, the master mason’s face was carved
into the opposite corner to forever gaze upon his apprentice’s pillar,” informs Wikipedia.
An entry at freemasons-freemasonry.com interprets legend as follows: “…the murdered apprentice with its overt references to the initiation rituals of ancient guilds of stonemasons which stretch back to the murder of Hiram Abif, the master mason, at the time of the building of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. Thus, the murder of the apprentice at Rosslyn is seen as a symbolic re-enactment of the murder of Hiram Abif which, today, has immense spiritual and emotional connotations for the world-wide fraternity of Freemasons.”