It’s just over a year since my blogpost Is King Arthur Buried In Scotland? which looked at a theory (proposed by Damian Bullen) that the Yarrow Stone near Selkirk marked Arthur’s grave.
The same blogpost also mentioned another theory, set out by Simon Stirling in his book The King Arthur Conspiracy, that Arthur came from Dál Riata.
Well, we now have an additional theory to consider, in the shape of On The Trail Of King Arthur, a book by Robin Crichton which sets out the case for Arthur being a warlord from Strathclyde. As someone who has more than a passing interest in the early history of Clydesdale, I’ll be grabbing a copy of Crichton’s book before too long. When I do, I’ll write about it here at Senchus (and maybe also at Heart Of The Kingdom). What has caught my attention in the meantime are some recent newspaper reports about an Arthurian tourist trail being planned for Scotland, using sites pinpointed in Crichton’s book.
I’m not sure what to make of this, but it’s an interesting development.
Anything that promotes wider interest in early Scottish history is surely a Good Thing. And if the trail attracts more tourists, especially to areas off the beaten track, then that’s a Good Thing too.
The trouble is, there isn’t any proof that the ‘real’ Arthur (if he existed) had any connection with Strathclyde. The Arthur of folklore, on the other hand, has enough Scottish connections to make a fascinating itinerary for tourists. This makes me wonder to what extent the trail will distinguish between historical/archaeological evidence and the various legends that associate Arthur with Scotland.
Take a look at these two newspaper articles…
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I am grateful to Steve Holden for bringing this item to my attention.
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