King Arthur Was a Scot, Lived in Swamp: Historian
Amateur historian says claims proven "beyond reasonable doubt"
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2013 7:07 AM CST
Ardrey says Tintagel Castle, on the coast of southwestern England, isn't home to King Arthur's Camelot.   (AP Photo/Daniel Lovering)

(Newser) – Scotland may have a new, ancient celebrity to call its own, according to an amateur historian. In a new book, Adam Ardrey claims King Arthur was actually Arthur Mac Aedan, the son of a Scottish king, whose "Camelot" was not Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, but a Scottish marsh—and that he pulled Excalibur from a stone in the same area in Argyll. That's not all: Ardrey tells the Scotsman he's identified all 12 of Arthur's battle sites around Scotland, including where he died—near Falkirk, 12 miles from where his round table has supposedly been found—and the spot he was buried, on the island of Iona.

"The legendary Arthur is said to be buried in an island in the western seas—Avalon—but in the south of Britain there are no islands in the western seas," Ardrey says. "Iona fits all the criteria. It's an island where hundreds of kings were buried. Some say 128. Other members of Arthur Mac Aedan's family were buried there too." Now he wants the site dug up to look for proof, but in the meantime, "I am hoping the book provokes debate and discussion," Ardrey says. "But if I'm right, then 100 years of British history needs to be rewritten." In a previous book, Ardrey claims the "wizard" Merlin of Arthur lore was actually a politician from Glasgow, the Scottish Daily Record reports. (Meanwhile, another historical king may soon be dug up in England.)

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Nov 28, 2015 1:57 PM CST
"according to an amateur historian". This is funny. The guy is probably the Scottish equivalent of a Republican and we know those types have all knowledge jumbled up in what they call a mind. This guy sounds like Sarah Palin.
Dec 2, 2013 9:11 AM CST
LOL! merlin has many names & is present in many parts of history.... It is not Arthur who makes me wonder.. It is the sword & its properties & the entity that lead him to it (also knew the entity in which was the keeper of the sword). Also not the 1st story nor the oldest of a sword being drawn from a body of water.
Dec 1, 2013 8:24 PM CST
Bah. Scotland is seceding from the UK, & this is just propaganda.