Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New Portrait?

I was sent this photo by O.M. who provided me with the information: "This was painted in 1759.  The Count was using the name Count Gronsveld.  It's in the small porcelain museum in the mayor's office in Weesp, Holland."

I went searching on the web, since I can't just make a trip half way around the world right now.

I looked up Weesp and I went to the address that is stamped on the picture.

"Bertram Philip Sigismund Albrecht of HRR Empire Graaf Van Gronsveld Diepenbroick Impel (1715-1772) The portrait was painted by GJJ the Spinny in 1759" is listed HERE.

Sorry O.M., but this is a portrait of Bertram Philip Sigismund Albrecht - just as it states.  Everything that I come across points to this.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Part 3 - Count Saint Germain podcast

Astonishing Legends podcast: "The Count of Saint Germain", episode 60
January 27, 2017

Blurb: There seems to be no doubt that the Count of Saint Germain existed, but how did he exist and for how long? There are levels to the incredulity of his story. It seems unlikely that one individual could possess so many varied talents, but the Count’s most unlikely talent was living into his 80s while still looking to be in his 50s. If you’re willing to go even further and believe the accounts of some of his contemporaries, then the Count was over 100 years old and lived well into the 19th century. Impossible you say? Then you might have even more trouble believing what many of those who had studied under him and some that continue to study his life believe, that the Count may have been hundreds or even thousands of years old, knew the ancient wisdom and secrets of life, and practiced the lost arts known only to the most enlightened beings. Whatever you choose to believe, a strong argument could be made that in his time and long after, he was actually the real “most interesting man in the world.”

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Part 2 - Count Saint Germain podcast

Astonishing Legends podcast: "The Count of Saint Germain", episode 59
January 20, 2017

"The Count of Saint Germain" Podcast

Blurb: If you wished you could do all the things the Count of Saint Germain could do, meet all the people he had met, and learn all the secrets of life he seemed to possess, and on top of it all, have several lifetimes to employ your skills, what then? The question is, what would you do with these gifts? Would you be content to merely be the life of the party, or would you try and make a difference in the affairs of nations and enlighten humanity, even if it cost you your freedom or your once immortal life? Depending on your answer, the bigger question might be, does it take the right person to seek the mysteries, or do the mysteries seek the right person?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Who is Andreas Rill? What Have I Dug Up?

Andreas Rill, born October 5, 1880 in Weil Landsberg Bayern (Bavaria).

Fought in WWI in the Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 12 (Neuburg/Donau).

Survived WWI and WWII, as telephone directory listings from the 50s and 60s have been found.   No death certificate found, but telephone listings were for Landsberg, Germany.  Appears that he remained in the same city that he was born in.

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Freemason Lodge in Colmar, Alsace, France.

According to the article "Masonry & The Statue of Liberty", Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was an artist who was associated with the Freemason Lodge in Colmar and he designed the Statue of Liberty.

I'm not 100% sure on this, but I am leaning towards ties to Grand Orient de France.  There are a few different types of freemasons cloistered in the same area.

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Capuchin Monastery at Sigolsheim, Alsace, France

Currently there is no Capuchin Monastery in Sigolsheim.  The closest Capuchin Monastery is in Luzern, Switzerland, 108 miles away.

Capuchin Website: https://www.ofmcap.org/

There is the Church of St.Peter and St.Paul in Sigolsheim.  It's been a national landmark since 1841.  Possible former Capuchin Monastery?  Still checking on this.
Church of St.Peter and St.Paul


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Another Faked Death?

Frater Laicus Tertiarius translates to "Tertiary Lay Brother".  This was the "name" given to Rill, but it is not a name.  It is a position.  A "lay brother" is a brother to the church, but is not ordained as a cleric (like a priest or a seminarian).

The man Rill talked to in 1914 was reported to have died in 1917, one year before Rill made an attempt to make contact with him.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WWI Encounter

On the timeline, you will note that there is one entry made during WWI in 1914.

August 1914 - During WWI, two Bavarian soldiers captured a Jewish-looking man in Alsace.  During the all-night interrogation, the prisoner of war stubbornly refused to give his name. Suddenly, in the early hours of the morning, the unidentified Frenchman got very irritable and started to rant about the futility of the war. He told his captors, "Throw down your guns! The war will end in 1918 with defeat for the German nation and her allies!" One of the soldiers, Andreas Rill, laughed at the prisoner's words. He thought that the man was merely expressing the hopes of every Frenchman, but he was intrigued by the prisoner's other prophecies..."Everyone will be a millionaire after the war! There will be so much money in circulation, people will throw it from windows and no one will bother to pick it up. You will need to carry it around in wheelbarrows to buy a loaf!" the Frenchman predicted. Was he referring to the rampant inflation of post-WWI Germany? The soldiers scoffed at the prediction. They let the prophet ramble on. He gave them more future-history lessons: "After the confetti money will come the Antichrist. A tyrant from the lower classes who will wear an ancient symbol. He will lead Germany into another global war in 1939, but will be defeated six years on after doing inhuman, unspeakable things. The Frenchman then started to become incoherent. He started to sing, then began to sob. Thinking he was mad, the soldiers decided to let him go, and he disappeared back into obscurity. His identity is still unknown.

 Let's pull some information from this - which I should mention comes from Tom Slemen's book Strange, But True.

  • Bavarian soldiers - one named Andreas Rill.
  • Alsace, France
  • Predictions of the near future

Who is Andreas Rill?
In an article called "Mystery of Andreas Rill: Was He A Time Traveler, Holy Man Or An Unidentified Prophet In Disguise?" we have a platform to start from.  I want to make note that this article isn't the best resource, but it does provide some options to start better research.
  • In August 1914, Andreas Rill, a carpenter from Bavaria, Germany wrote two letters to his family. Rill was on active service in Alsace, in the north-east corner of France.  CHECK MILITARY RECORDS.
  • Criminology experts of the Freiburg Institute for Border Areas of Psychology and Mental Hygiene testified that the two letters of Andreas Rill were authentic and no even a detail in them was altered after they were written. They contained true words of the unidentified French prisoner, but no one was able to establish the true identity of the mysterious prophet, whose prediction began to be fulfilled one after another.  CHECK FOR THESE EXPERTS.
  • It took some years of hard efforts to uncover the visionary man. Andreas Rill’s sons suggested that the mysterious prophet once captured by their father, was a very rich man who belonged to a Freemason’s Lodge in Colmar, Alsace, France and decided to give away all his possessions to join a monastery in Alsace. CHECK FREEMASON LODGE IN COLMAR.
  • Finally, the search for the identity of the mysterious man led to an old Capuchin monastery at Sigolsheim, Alsace, France, built in the 1600s and located only 10 km (6 miles) from Colmar, the seat of a Freemason’s Lodge. CHECK CAPUCHIN MONASTERY.
  • A man whose name was Frater Laicus Tertiarius, lived as a guest there and died in 1917. Andreas Rill who had captured the French prophet in 1914 and later in 1918, apparently tried to contact the former prisoner, but was told he had died. CHECK FRATER LAICUS TERTIARUS.  THE NAME TRANSLATES TO "Tertiary Lay Brother".

Through Ancestry.com I have found Andreas Rill listed in a Bavarian WWI personnel roster.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Count's Origins

Rumors abound when the origins of the Count come into play.  Here are some of the suggested origins.  I would love to hear your thoughts and your reasoning.


  1. Son of the widow of Charles II (King of Spain) and a banker from Madrid.
  2. A Portuguese Jew.
  3. An Alsatian Jew.
  4. Son of a tax-gatherer in Rotondo.
  5. The natural son of the King of Portugal.
  6. Franz-Leopold, Prince Ragoczy, of Transylvania. *
  7. Vlad III Dracula Theory
  8. The Wandering Jew
  9. Actually Francis Bacon
  10. Last of the Medici Family

* Cooper-Oakley, Isabella. The Comte De Saint Germain, the Secret of Kings. 2nd ed. London: Whitefriars Press, 1912. Page 9-10. 
"This theory held by Gorg Hezekiel in his Abenteuerliche Gesellen, i., 35, Berlin, 1862.  Karl von Weber (op. cit., i., 318) also says that M. de St. Germain openy appeared in Leipzig in 1777 as Prince Ragoczy, and that he was often known as Graf Tzarogy, which latter is merely an anagram for Ragotzy (Ragoczy)."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Part 1 - The Count of Saint Germain

Astonishing Legends podcast: "The Count of Saint Germain", episode 58
January 13, 2017

"The Count of Saint Germain" Podcast

Blurb: Who’s the most interesting person you’ve ever met? Can they play a musical instrument? Do they speak a foreign language? Are they a fine art painter? Have they traveled the world? Are they descended from royalty? Sure, maybe only a couple of those. But what if they were a concert level violinist who could also compose music? What if they could speak ten languages or more? What if it seemed they could produce precious gemstones and on top of that, were a military tactician who brokered diplomacy between nations? Impossible you say, for all of these talents and accomplishments to be contained within one individual? And yet all of these are the qualities and accomplishments claimed to be witnessed by the contemporaries of the man known mostly as the Count of Saint Germain. He was known by many names and for his many remarkable feats, but perhaps his most astounding accomplishment, as more than a few would claim, was to remain alive for several generations from the 18th century or earlier, into the 19th century and maybe even to this day.

NOTE: I will be the guest during part 2 on January 20, 2017.