Mystery of the Shugborough Inscription

The eight-letter Shugborough Inscription on the Shepherd's Monument in Staffordshire has baffled historians for 250 years and is considered one of the world's top uncracked text carvings. Its mysterious etchings were thought by some to contain clues as to the location of the Holy Grail. The inscription became widely known after being mentioned in the book entitled "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln which published in 1982. Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens are both attempted to crack the Shugborough Hall code and failed.

The inscription is D  O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V.  M - carved below a mirror image of Nicolas Poussin's painting, the Shepherds of Arcadia, on the 18th-century Shepherd's Monument of Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, England.
The mysterious Shugborough Inscription
History buff A J Morton says he cracked the code in a matter of weeks, something he attributes to his experience of researching gravestones and monuments around the world. Morton's solution allocates each of the letters - O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V & D.M. - on the monument to people and places associated with the Shugborough estate. And he admits that his findings will not be popular. 'People are rightly suspicious at first,' he explains. 'There have been hundreds of attempted explanations, none of which have turned out to be terribly convincing.'

'It is very likely that Mary Venables-Vernon of Sudbury Hall, the Baron Vernon of Derbyshire, the Honourable Edward Vernon-Harcourt and the 1st Viscount Anson of Orgreave and Shugborough were involved in the creation of the original "Shugborough Code",' he says.

'The Code has brought a lot of attention to Shugborough Hall over the years because people believed it to hold the key to the location of the Holy Grail.

The Holy Grail theory originated from the conviction that the Anson family who lived at Shugborough were in the Priory of Sion, the secret society suspected as the successors to the Knights Templar and the guardians of the relics recovered from the Holy Grail, including the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper.

Other theories came from Bletchley Park. At Bletchley, experts has short listed two theories as follows:

The first theory, according to the Veteran World War II cryptanalyst Sheila Lawn, she believes it's an ancient love note, and the code is an ancient Latin phrase. She says “I'm a romantic at heart so maybe the Holy Grail Cup is just a cup of love.”

Her husband Oliver prefers a more mystical solution connected to the Knights Templar, keepers of the Holy Grail.

Second theory came from an unnamed professional code breaker. He came up with a Knight's Templar message: Jesus H Defy.

The “H” is believed to stand for the Greek letter “Chi” meaning Christ and is thought to relate to Templar belief that Jesus was an earthly body rather than celestial.

Until now, several other theories has been proposed to crack the code included suggestions a Biblical verse from Ecclesiastes, and a memorial.


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