The Scots controversially claim Merlin as one of their own

Merlin, the legenday Arthurian wizard, has for centuries been traditionally regarded as being either English or Welsh.

Merlin became the young Arthur's tutor. It was Merlin who met the Lady in the Lake and persuaded her to present King Arthur with the magical sword, Excalibur. Arthur pulled Excalibur from a stone, to prove he was the true king.

Legend has it that King Arthur and his knights are only sleeping in a hill in Alderley Edge in Cheshire, and that they will reawaken to come to England's aid if the country is in danger.

But now the Scots are, controversially, trying to claim Merlin as his own despite him being a part of English and Welsh legend...

BBC News
Sunday 17th May 2009

Merlin magics up Glasgow web link

King Arthur's magician, shown above as a young man as depicted in the BBC TV series, has, for centuries, been regarded as either English or Welsh

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.

He joins Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and comedian Billy Connolly on the list of famous characters, both real and fictional.

'Glorious history'

Merlin has his very own category on the list - filed under wizard.

The 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 the book Finding Merlin: The Truth Behind the Legend, author Adam Ardrey claimed he actually hailed from Scotland.

Mr Ardrey, who spent six years researching the subject, told a newspaper he believed the wizard had lived in Partick "where the River Kelvin meets the Clyde".

He told the paper: "I am thrilled that Glasgow has recognised Merlin as a Glaswegian and that almost 1,400 years after his death he can take an official place in Glasgow's glorious history."
L Gilbert
I thought Merlin was a Welsh myth. Doesn't matter about nationality, though, I still think it's myth. lol
Isn't all history a myth to some degree? It is, after all, just his story. Most losers in history know it is only self aggrandizing BS by the victor. All the questions about the existence of Arthur and Merlin can be applied to Jesus and none can be answered with certainty.

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