The Mythological Arthur in Scotland

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

Arthur was perhaps originally a Celtic mythological figure who some people have suggested was already thousands of years old by the 6th century AD. He has been seen as representing a totemic figure of the Bear and associated with the Pole Star Ursa Major. What is indisputable is that he occupies a place among the p-Celtic peoples very like that of Finn Mac Coul among the Q-Celtic (Gaelic) speaking peoples of Scotlandd and Ireland. It is potentially this mythological Arthur that is referred to in place names all over southern Scotland, following the tradition of the legends being told in the locale of the audience.

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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

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