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7th December 2017

For D McG

It does not have to be this way. It has not always been this way.

The late, great Christopher Hitchens once said - Things would be better if we stopped stopping women having power.

End = making things better. Means = women-power.

Pre-Christianity women had more power. 

End = women in power. Means = marginalise Christianity.

So far, so good with your book.

I agree with some of the things you write and disagree with others. 

However, more than any other book I have read in a long, long time, a lot of the things you write made me think - I don't know & I will have to think about that.

I have not yet finished your book.

I look forward to finding out the means you have identified that will lead to the ends that, I believe, we both want. 

AA


1st December 2017

Nennius Battle Number Eleven - Breguion

Search on-line for 'Arthur Breguion' (one of twelve Arthur-battles on Nennius' battle-list). You will only find duff stuff. I am not going to waste space with such stuff here.

I say Breguion was fought at Benderloch, that is, Beregonium, by Arthur Mac Aedan in 588CE.

Why?

Unlike everyone else, I have an historcal Arthur. I have names that fit better than any other names fit, Breguion/Beregonium. The next Arthur-battle was fought forty miles to the south Badon/Baodan.

No one else can make even two battles work together, with or without an Arthur (I can do all 12).

A few miles to the west of Breguion/Beregonium is Iona, that is, Avalon, which I will deal with later.

For BH

2nd November 2017

The Grave

Ignore the history stuff that follows, what follows is about me.

In the late 1830s workmen found a grave while quarrying “a very beautiful hill” at Dunipace. They called upon the local minister, John Bonar, and the local schoolteacher, Robert Watson, to come and see this grave.

Bonar and Watson later wrote about what they saw.

“On the top of this hill, and about three feet below the surface, was found a coffin or tomb, composed of five large unwrought stones, in which were the bones of a human body, scull [sic] and teeth not much decayed. Along with these was a vase of coarse unglazed earthenware, containing a small quantity of material resembling the lining of a wasp’s nest, probably decayed paper, or parchment, which in the lapse of ages had assumed that appearance. No conjecture could be formed about the individual here interred; tradition being entirely silent on the subject; but this circumstance corroborates the opinion of some writers, that the hills of Dunipace might have been used as burying-places for ancient chiefs.

Merlin is said to have been assassinated and buried at a place called Drumelzier, commonly said to be near Stobo, in the Scottish Borders.

But there is another Drumelzier, the real Drumelzier, one that makes sense of the evidence in the oldest sources; Drumelzier, near Dunipace: and I found it.

The grave Bonar and Watson wrote about was found at Drumelzier-Dunipace.

The beautiful hill on which the grave had been found had been quarried away; but what happened to the bones, vase &c.? No minister of the Church of Scotland would simply have thrown away human remains.

I searched the local church records and newspapers of the time to see if I could find anything, but no luck. I walked the local graveyards to see if I could find anything, but no luck.

On one of these expeditions, I went to a nearby hillfort to eat my sandwich-lunch and fell into conversation with a man who lived near the fort. I noticed the lintel above the doorway of his house had the date 1564 cut into it and asked him about it and we got to talking.

He told me, when he bought the house it had come with an old chest of documents, which, he said, he did not think I would be interested in them, because some of them were in Latin. He also said the old chest contained newspapers, placed there by earlier owners of the house: one of which listed the dead of the battle of Waterloo.

I thought, if someone had put a newspaper in that old chest in 1815, then, perhaps, someone in the late 1830s had done the same thing: especially if the newspaper recorded the finding of an ancient grave on a local hill.

I was invited into the house, given a cup of tea, shown the old chest, and allowed to go through its contents. Within half an hour, the lady of the house and I were making our way up to the fort to see what she called ‘The Grave.’

‘The Grave’ is large flat flagstone some two feet, by four feet, by nine inches. The lady of the house said it had always been called ‘The Grave.’ (See the image in the Gallery of this website.)

She also told that that some forty years ago, when she and her husband had bought the house, an old lady who had lived there since she was a girl at the turn of the 19th c., said that this stone had been always been known as ‘The Grave’ for as long as she could remember.

This meant ‘The Grave’ stone had been there since at least the late 1800s. Of course, it could have been there for hundreds of years but, equally, it could have been placed there in the late 1830s to cover the bones found in the grave on the ‘very beautiful hill’.

It made sense to me to suppose that Bonar the minister and Watson the schoolteacher decided to bury the bones, of someone they thought was an ancient chief, on the ancient fort; smack-bang next to where the bones had been dug up. If so, this was the spot.

Of course, I cannot say there is anything in ‘The Grave’; there may be nothing beneath the stone but grass; far less can I say, ‘The Grave’ contains the bones found in the grave on the ‘very beautiful hill’ they may have been lost; far less can I say that these bones were the bones of the man called Merlin, but they might be.

I am simply curious about what lies beneath the stone. If there is nothing there, I will remain curious as to what happened to the bones and the parchment found in the grave on the ‘very beautiful hill’.

My point is this. I could have claimed I had found Merlin’s Grave and got some publicity (my publishers were for this tack) but I thought, if I do this, someone might destroy the evidence before it could be properly excavated. (That was ten years ago. Not one of the professional archaeologists I have approached has shown any interest.)

I put history before publicity. That's me.

AA

 

-About the author

No one cares about anyone else’s family history (and quite right too): and so it was that when I was researching my family name, Ardrey, I looked where no one else had looked and found what no one else had found.

I already knew that the earliest reference to Merlin had him at the battle of Arderydd, fought on the Scotland-England border in 573CE; and that the very next year the historical figure Arthur Mac Aedan was based at the hillfort of Dunardry [Sic] in Argyll, Scotland.

Merlin and Arthur are obviously connected, as are 573CE and 574CE.

Once I understood the Merlin-Arderydd-Arthur-Dunardy connections, I looked for other evidence, and found it, until, I could prove beyond reasonable doubt that Merlin and Arhur were men of Scotland.

 

Adam Ardrey is an Advocate living near Glasgow, Scotland. He is married and has three children.

FINDING MERLIN was published by Mainstream, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2007, and by Overlook, NY, USA in 2008 and is available as an Audible audio-book.

FINDING ARTHUR was published by Overlook, New York, USA. and by Duckworth, London, in 2013.

Both are also available in paperback.

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