- A community of the
Templar, or the physical buildings or estate of such a
- 1819: “The most petty baron may arrest, try, and condemn a witch found within his own domain. And shall that power be denied to the Grand Master of the Temple within a preceptory of his Order?” — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
A Preceptory was historically the headquarters of the various orders of Christian Knights, such as the Knights Hospitaller and Templar, within a given geographic area. Governed by a Preceptor, who was answerable to the Grand Master of the respective order. A preceptory main focus would be its Church and accommodation for the brethren.