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A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

The date is set

As if Jo and I haven’t been excited enough over the past three weeks, we’re now able to definitely confirm the date of our wedding. We will be married in the late afternoon of Friday, 5th October 2007.

I’ve been speaking with a priest over the past couple of weeks to seek permission to marry in a very special location. After several telephone calls, in which I outlined reasons for our request, the priest discussed our wedding with the Trust in charge of the chapel. He was able to confirm yesterday evening that permission has been granted for us to marry at the Collegiate Chapel of St. Matthew – better known as Rosslyn Chapel – in the village of Roslin, near Edinburgh.

Rosslyn ChapelPhoto from www.stuckonscotland.co.uk

The chapel has been famous for many years through its Masonic and Templar connections, particularly since the publication of several books connecting the Masonic Society and the Knights Templar in the late 1980s. Visitors since the founding of the chapel in September 1446 include members of the British Royal Family – including Mary, Queen of Scots and the present Queen – as well as Robert Burns.

More recently, the Chapel and Castle at Roslin have been made more famous by thriller “The Da Vinci Code”, by author Dan Brown, and the screen adaptation starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou.

The location suggested itself to us as we’re familiar with both book and film, and we were convinced after reading the history of the chapel, by seeing photographs and film of the interior, and by the fact that it is in such a beautiful and historic location. Jo is also a member of the Scottish Episcopal church and the surrounding area holds memories for both Jo and me. We’re delighted and honoured to be allowed to have our wedding in such a beautiful place.

We’re hoping to be able to confirm the location of our reception later this week.

Further Rosslyn Chapel links