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Govan... the stuff of legends

PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 6:08 pm
by crusty_bint
Found this quite amusing:

Sunday Mail wrote:According to legend, Arthur and Guinevere were supposed to have been buried on the Islland of Avalon on the Somerset marshes around 542.
Aye, that'll be right. For research reveals Arthur was born in Dumbarton and buried in Govan...

...Clan historian, Hugh McArthur, 42, from Glasgow believes Arthur was in fact Artur MacAeden who fought Saxon invaders in the sixth century....

Hugh McArthur wrote:He was related to St Columba and St Kentigern and was the son Aeden MacGabhrain, a sixth century King of Dalriada (Argyle and Ulster) whose mother was from the British Kingdom of Strathclyde.
Artur MacAeden became a King of the Britons. He had a fortressat Dumbarton and was buried in Govan.

Hugh believes the great King is buried at Govan Old Parish Church. Many people believe an ancient stone coffin holds the body of St Copnstantine, the founder of Govan and one of the first to introduce Christianity to Scotland.
But Hugh says it hold the remains of Arthur.
He is particularly intrigued by the Celtic warrior carving on the side of the coffin engraved with the letter A.
The Old Parish Church was used as a burial site for the Castle at Dumbarton , whose ancient name was Castello Arturius-Arthurs Castle.

Hugh McArthur wrote:There are up to 200 Arthur place names in Scotland. These include 7 Arthurs Seats. And theres Arthurlie near Barrhead-Arthurs camp for warriors...

...And its not just Arthur- many of the characters in the stories can also be linked to Artur MacAeden and Scotland. Loch Lomond used to be known as The Lake. Guinevere's grave is at Meigle, Perthshire. Myrddin- or Merlin featured in the life of St Kentigern. Like the Arthur of legend, the Scottish Artur had a sister called Morgana.

But theres stil the problem of dates. The Arthur of legend died in 542, around the time Arthur MacAeden was born. Some Scots historians share Hugh's take on King Arthur, but many are less than convinced

What u fink? Would be nice if it were true :wink:


PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 6:17 pm
by Sharon
Slightly related the there was a "St Constantines" church on a hill on our farm (in Galloway, near Crocketford for those that know it) ...nothing remains at all, but you can see where it was. Intermittently over the years people have dug up....lead, presumably from the roof.

I want a metal detector.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 6:34 pm
by Fossil
Sharon wrote:

I want a metal detector.

..ive got one Sharon :) . Why not a HG tour with metal detectors..someone out in net and could give us a clue where treasure might be had..... :)


PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 6:36 pm
by turbozutek

Remember we sat down and designed a HG.COM metal detector ?

With advanced phase compensated discriminator circuit!! ?

Why did we never build it again ?


PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 6:41 pm
by Sharon
Excellent question TZ, I can only assume that we forgot. 8O

(notice the increased used of capitalisation)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 8:29 pm
by escotregen
I understand that some of the most ancient standing (or burial?) stones found in Britain are in the Govan Old Parish graveyard. Isn't there also something peculiar about the location of Govan and the old pre-history ley lines?

Re: Govan... the stuff of legends

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 4:34 pm
by Mori
Was Merlin a Weegie ? :)


Merlin magics up Glasgow web link


The legendary wizard Merlin has been added to a list of famous Glaswegians, it has emerged.
The council included the wizard, who featured in Arthurian legend, on a list of well-known figures from the city.
A council spokeswoman admitted that like most mythical figures, it was difficult to trace Merlin's origins.
But she said the wizard had been added to its website list after an amateur historian suggested Merlin had lived in the Partick area of the city.



Merlin, legendary wizard - King Arthur's magician