King Arthur in Scotland
It has long been known that the Legendary Figure of “King Arthur” was part of the common cultural inheritance of all the British peoples who spoke P-Celtic languages. While many people think this just means the Welsh, Cornish and Britons in fact it also included the Britons of Strathclyde, the Gododdin of Lothian and, in all probability, their Pictish cousins to the north – our ancestors. As Scottish history at last begins to take its rightful place in our national curriculum – Scottish traditions of Arthur become even more important. Placenames and local tales from the Borders to the Moray Firth attest to the hold this enigmatic figure had on our ancestors.
The past decade has seen a major resurgence of interest in the ”Scottish Arthur” following on from earlier works like JS Glennie’s 1869 Arthurian Localities and J Veitch’s 1878 History and Poetry of the Scottish Border. These in turn were much influenced by W F Skene’s ground-breaking Four Ancient Books of Wales, first published in 1868 which opened up the field.
The arthurianscotland blog will provide ongoing information and commentary on the ever-growing interest in Arthurian Scotland and its relevance to understanding this most important of ancient characters.
Arthurian Scotland Introductory Bibliography
Ardrey, A 2007 Finding Merlin Mainstream Edinburgh
Carroll, D F 1996 Arturius: A Quest for Camelot D F Carroll Coxhill
Crighton R 2013 On the Trail of King Arthur Luath Edinburgh
Glennie, J S 1994 Arthurian Localities in Scotland Llanerch Reprint Felinfach Wales
Hope.A D 1970 A Midsummer Eve’s Dream Oliver&Boyd Edinburgh
McArthur, H 2010 The Arthurian Lake and Arthur’s Battle Against the Whirlpool from www.clannarthur.com
McCall A & W1997 Artur, Gwenwhyvawr and Myrddin The Pentland Press Durham
McHardy, S A 2012 King Arthur’s Sword and other Arthurian Tales (Kindle) The Loaby Press Edinburgh
McHardy,S A 2001 The Quest for Arthur Luath Press Edinburgh
McHardy S A 2003 The Quest for the Nine Maidens Luath Edinburgh
Mackenzie,D A 1935 Scottish Folk Lore and Folk Life Blackie&Son Glasgow
Moffatt. A 1999 Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms Weidenfeld&Nicolson London
Randall, J 1987 Arthur and Merlin: The Tweeddale Connection Selkirk
Skene.W.F1988 Arthur and the Britons in Scotland ed. Bryce Llanerch reprint Felinfach Wales
Skene, W.F 1868 The Four Ancient Books of Wales Edmonston a & Douglas Edinburgh