24 May 2009

Merlin – I belong to Glasgow

According to the BBC Merlin (he of Arthurian legend) has joined Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Adam Smith as being on a list of famous Glaswegians famous Glaswegians

A council spokeswoman said: "Recently an amateur historian has pointed to the fact that the legendary Merlin lived a 'comfortable life', with his wife Gwendolyn, in Partick, not Camelot and I'm sure most Glaswegians think that's just magic."

Tradition has it that King Arthur's magician was either English or Welsh but in his book Finding Merlin: The Truth Behind the Legend, author Adam Ardrey claimed he actually hailed from Scotland.

Hmm... I can just hear a Merlin asking Gwendolyn to get out the wire brush and Dettol so he can deal with his piles. But then again perhaps it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Merlin was a Glaswegian. After all, a fellow Glaswegian or renown did posit that the New Testament was incorrect and Jesus was from Gallowgate and not Galilee. Here he is expounding his thesis:


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Merlin was Welsh and that is that!

jams o donnell said...

Ah but it was an excellent introduction to a couple of Billy Connolly vids!

Sean Jeating said...

We might not have long to wait until a Turkis scientist discovers that Merlin's in fact was / is a Turk, as due to his (the scientist's) acribic research, Merlin was born exactly nine months after his mother had spent eight days in Antalya.

jams o donnell said...

Ha perhaps that is a bit too much of a stretch Sean!

Sean Jeating said...

Jams, one ought to be always prepared. Turkish 'scientist' claim to have found evidence, that the founders of (I think it was) Gent were Turks, and thus the Belgians are Turks.
Same goes with the natives of North America.
Conclusion: For certain Turks nothing is impossible. :)

jams o donnell said...

Hmm I wonder what led him to the conclusion that Belgtans are Turks.