Arthur’s 12 Battles in Scotland

The twelve battles which Arthur is said to have fought all fit with specific Scottish sites particularly those mentioned in contemporary annals and the battle of Badon which has caused so much difficulty for those seeking to show Arthur as having lived in the West of England. Camlaan is quite probably Camelon near Falkirk on the Forth.

Newark Castle in Ettrick Forest, potential location for Arthurian battle Cat Coit Caledon

Newark Castle in Ettrick Forest, potential location for Arthurian battle Cat Coit Caledon

Possible Locations include:

1,in ostium fluminus quod vocatur Glen” = River Glen, near Loudon, Ayrshire

2-5,super aliud flumen quod dicitur Dubglas et est in regione Linnius” = the Douglas river, in Lennox, near Loch Lomond.**

6,super flumen quod vocatur Bassas“= Dunipace, Falkirk

Small hill at Dunipace, Falkirk.  Another possible location.

Small hill at Dunipace, Falkirk. Another possible location.

7,Cat Coit Caledon“= the Caledonian wood = Ettrick Forest

8,in castello Guinnion” = poss. Gwaedol = Wedale = Stow of Wedale

Bridge over Gala Water at Stow of Wedale

Bridge over Gala Water at Stow of Wedale

9,in urbe Leogis qui Britannice Kairlium dicitur” = Dumbarton

10,in litore fluminus quod vocatur Treurit” in Welsh Tratheu Trywruid, cf.
Werid an old Brythonic name for the Forth = Carse of Stirling

11,  Mynydd Agnedd= Edinburgh

12, Mount Badon = Bowden Hill, Linlithgow

Mists around Bowden Hill, Linlithgow

Mists around Bowden Hill, Linlithgow

** another possibility is the Douglas Water which runs from Glenbuck, near Muirkirk in Ayrshire, past the slopes of the ancient fire-site, Tinto Hill and joins the River Clyde not far from Lanark

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