I recently read an article which suggests a Masonic connection to the obelisk and with the great man himself. Apparently obelisks symbolize the Egyptian sun god Amon Re and its cap or ‘benben’ is actually a pyramid. Now a pyramid forms the basis of the Freemasonry symbol The Eye of Providence, a symbol which can be seen on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States or a dollar note. It is also suggested that Robert Campion, the Whitby banker, who had the monument built was a freemason. It goes on: Cook’s first expedition to the Pacific track the Transit of Venus was of interest to freemasonry and in fact there were several freemasons on board. I had better stop there before I end up writing a conspiracy novel.