The Temple and the Lodge By Michael Baigent,Richard Leigh (2011)
The man chiefly responsible for publicising the Templar heritage within Freemasonry was a German nobleman, Baron Karl Gottlieb von Hund. Having first joined a lodge in Frankfurt, Hund, very much a man of the world, travelled widely in Freemasonic circles. Between December 1742 and September 1743, he was in Paris. Early in the 1750s, he began to advertise an ostensibly ‘new’ form of Freemasonry which claimed, quite specifically, a Templar origin.
When pressed to justify himself, Hund declared that during his nine-month visit to Paris he had been introduced to ‘Templar Freemasonry’. He arrived six months before Ramsay’s death, three years before Radclyffe’s. He had, he said, been initiated into ‘higher degrees’ and dubbed ‘Chevalier Templier’ by an ‘unknown superior’ identified to him only under the appellation of ‘Eques a Penna Rubra’ – ‘Knight of the Red Feather’.
This ceremony, he declared, had been performed in the presence of, among others, a certain Lord Clifford (probably the young Lord Clifford of Chudleigh, related by marriage to Radclyffe) and the Earl of Kilmarnock. Not long after his induction, Hund said, he was presented to Charles Edward Stuart in person, whom he was led to believe was one of the ‘unknown superiors’, if not indeed the secret Grand Master, of the whole of Freemasonry.7
7 Le Forestier, La franc-maçonnerie templière, pp. 109, 135—6.