11th April 2014
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I am writing regarding the book, Finding Merlin. My 14 year old daughter recently checked the book out from our local library. She loves the book but found that the title is misspelled on the slipcover/spine.
When she's done with this book she's going back for Arthur.
[On the cover of the USA Edn. Merlin is spelled 'Merln' - a glitch got us - such is life. Adam Ardrey]
7th April 2014
I'm finishing up Finding Arthur and I wanted to tell you that I love it. Re: literary triplets (269), this is a common occurrence in Native American tale telling and I suspect probably quite common in most oral traditions. Repeating important items three times is a way to effectively teach the listener.
26th February 2014
Warner Bros. ‘King Arthur’ films
The most recent Arthur film, Clive Owen’s King Arthur (2004), set Arthur in Scotland for the first time. Hollywood was getting warm.
Now Warner Bros. is about to make a series of Arthur films. Does Warner Bros. know about the new evidence that fixes Arthur in Scottish history? Does Warner Bros. know it can have the magic (without the supernatural)? Does Warner Bros. know that, for the first time, it could truly say – based on a true story?
In Hollywood they say – When the legend becomes fact print the legend. Well, yeah, but when the legend has been done and re-done innumerable times and when the facts are more fantastic than the legend, why not use both? It would be a first in so many ways. So whadayasay Warner Bros…?
E.g. A photograph of the stone from which Arthur, Arthur Mac Aedan, really did take a sword is in this website’s gallery. This was a real sword: a sword that came to be called Excalibur. No magic was involved in any of this.
24th February 2014
L**** on For Argyll (On-line news)
From someone who had read Finding Arthur -
"...all references to battles, place names, Iona and especially to Merlin, make such sense. It all seems obvious. I am now a firm believer that the real Arthur lived and fought in Argyll (as well as other areas in Scotland)..."
17th February 2014
Arthur Mac Aedan was the man who became the legendary Arthur - unless you know better.
No historical Arthur who might have been the legendary Arthur, lived south of Scotland: exept one, and he only went south on one occasion and that was for only a few weeks at most.
The only possible historical ‘Arthur’ who was alive during any possible Arthurian age was Arthur son of Aedan.
In 573 Aedan, king of Scots, cynically sided with an army of allies, under the leadership of Strathclyde, before fighting on the winning side at the battle of Arderydd (fought on the modern Scotland-England border).
Arderydd was fought near Caer Gwenddolau (modern Carwinley) on the 'English' side of the Liddell Water.
Arthur, as one of his father Aedan’s men, was only in ‘England’ only for the time it took to fight in this battle: no more than a few weeks at most.
The earliest reference to the man called Merlin is in an Annal entry for the year 573. This entry has ‘Merlin’ fighting on the losing side at the battle of Arderydd.
And so we have an Arthur and a ‘Merlin’ both in the same place at the same time.
There is no comparable evidence for any possible ‘Arthur’ or ‘Merlin’ in any southern British place at any time; far less for an 'Arthur' and a 'Merlin' in the same place at the same time.
Please let me know if you know different.
Scotland on Sunday
Despite what it says in Scotland on Sunday, I do not claim Arthur, Arthur Mac Aedan, pulled a sword from the stone of Dunadd in 574 - that would be daft.
I say Arthur, Arthur Mac Aedan, put his foot into the footprint cut into the stone of Dunadd (see GALLERY) while holding a sword, and then, holding a sword, stepped out of the footprint. When he did this he literally took a sword from a stone. This was later sexed-up until we have the nonsensical, albeit wonderful, story of the sword and the stone everyone knows today.
Audio Book of Finding Merlin - Audible Books UK 2013.
The only image of an Arthurian battle-site (Bassas) is now in the Gallery.
Photographs of Camlann (Arthur's last battle) and Avalon are now in the Gallery. (Click on them to see them big.)
ENGLAND AND WALES AND FRANCE DO NOT HAVE AN ARTHUR OR, INDEED, ANYTHING ARTHURIAN THAT MAKES SENSE.
SCOTLAND HAS AN ARTHUR, ARTHUR MAC AEDAN: FOURTEEN ARTHUR BATTLES, ALL LOCATED AND DATED AND PUT IN CONTEXT; CAMELOT; AVALON; AND THE STONE FROM WHICH ARTHUR REALLY DID TAKE A SWORD.
NO MAGIC WAS INVOLVED IN TAKING THE SWORD FROM THE STONE.
ALL FOR THE FIRST TIME - plus...well...the lot.
The legendary Arthur is commonly presented as a Christian English King when, in reality, he was an historical figure, a man of the old way of the druids, a Scot and a warlord. Merlin too lived in history: he was the preeminent druid of the 6th century. Unlike Arthur, Merlin was too closely associated with the old ways of the druids to be Christianised and so he was 'made safe' by Christians who presented him as an old, avuncular, somewhat scatter-brained figure.
Merlin’s twin-sister, the equally important Gwyneth, known as Languoreth (The Golden One), the Lioness of Damnonia and the Swan-necked Woman, was all but written out of history, simply because she was a woman. Typical!
For 1,500 years the Christian Church and its temporal partners-in-power deleted historical evidence and fabricated a legend that, literally, suited their book.
There is an alternative.
In the film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) it was said, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
The alternative is to print both.
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.
Adam Ardrey is an advocate living in Glasgow, Scotland with his wife and three children. Finding Merlin is his first book.
29th January 2014
I was so pleased by your prompt... reply to my e-mail!... it is a rare rainy day here in southwest Florida... my husband and I have traveled to Glasgow, Edinburgh and the border country of Scotland several times over the years on pheasant "shoots" and love the country and the people. J** was saying just last evening that we should travel back to Scotland and see a different part of the country (Argyll and the Highlands?)... J***
28th January 2014
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Message: I bought and read the new US edition of this book on the advice of our clan (MacTavish) association... I... did find a compelling and well-researched case for the historic basis of a real-life... Merlin of late sixth century Glasgow, and ample evidence that the real Arthur was a Manau Scot and not from southern England as the authors of conventional retellings of the legends would have it.
A masterful historical detective job, cutting through centuries of political and religious propaganda to unveil the truth behind the myths.
A must-read for Arthur, Merlin and Camelot buffs.
24th January 2014
"This was brilliant: "... the Old Way engendered individuality, and so disputation, both of which are good for humanity and bad for those in charge". I loved this book and am fortunate to have travelled to many of the Arthurian places in Scotland described in it."
3rd January 2014
Dear Mr. Ardrey,
I read Finding Merlin last year and have just finished Finding Arthur. Rather, I should say that I listened to them as I am blind and I rely on my Kindle Text to Speech facility. It struggles a bit with Celtic names but I was able to follow most of your arguments. I have long believed that any historical figure behind the Arthur legends was probably based in Scotland and I am delighted that your efforts have produced a viable candidate. I must say that your overall arguments have persuaded me that you are probably correct. I must congratulate you on such a difficult and well –argued investigation...
2nd January 2014
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Message: Reading your book at the moment very interesting. Take a look at assessment online concerning Knappers farm at Drumry near Clydebank. Excavated in 1937 and thought to be the miniature Stonehenge in wood, unfortunately the war stopped work and then it was destroyed by the building of the A82 road. Some of the items found are in Hunterian Museum.
2nd January 2014
Name: T** McG*****
Hi Adam. Got your latest book for Christmas and still in the midst of reading it. I have always been a bit 50/50 about Arthur MacAedan but I find finding Arthur very convincing. Your highlighting of Arthur being airbrushed out of history then rebranded for the Christian establishment really hits the mark and we can see modern parallels in the way the right wing establishments in the UK and USA constantly discredit and attack anything they see as being left wing through misinformation and downright subterfuge. Just shows, things don't change much. The template of Arthur's world is now starting to fit into its proper location thanks to the work of writers like yourself who are who are hacking through 1500 years of establishment b******. I must check out Dunardey next time I am up in Knapdale.
Thoroughly enjoying your book. T**.
If you haven't gotten and read "Finding Arthur" you're missing out on one of the great detective stories of the times!
Got the book yesterday and I am reading in my spare time...can't put it down. David Carroll sold me on a Scottish Arthur....and your book is right along those lines. Thank you for the hard work and research!
21st November 2013
…I greatly enjoy reading history books... Your first book really interested me as I fish on the… water between Drumelzier and Dawyk and had never realised until reading your first book that any of the references to Merlin in the area had any veracity. The key thing in your books for me is the encouragement to get out there and have a look for yourself… your books have got me… looking at the landscapes differently. My kids also love your books and we were recently on top of the Meldon Hills questioning why we have so little information on these places... your books are important as they provide a very different perspective to the hum drum stuff that's regurgitated in most books... I also think that people should own up to where their perspectives come from - so again your writing is very clear on the different ways that people have tried to create a fixed story to meet their own ends. The exciting thing is that you have opened up so many different avenues - some of your arguments are more convincing than others but this is as it should be…