Iconic wizard Merlin officially named as citizen of Glasgow

May 17th, 2009 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 17 (ANI): Merlin, the wizard featured in the Arthurian legend, has been officially tagged as a citizen of Glasgow.

The City Council revealed that the name of King Arthur’s magical adviser had been added to its list of Famous Glaswegians, which boasts of its other greatest sons such as Donald Dewar and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

“Like most mythical historical figures it is often difficult to accurately trace their origins,” The Scotsman quoted a spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council as saying.

“However, 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.

“We are sure that most Glaswegians will think that’s just magic,” she added.

Author Adam Ardrey, in his book ‘Finding Merlin - The Truth Behind the Legend’, had previously alleged that the iconic wizard had been a Scottish.

He said: “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.”

But the decision has evoked frowns from a Welsh community, which has long claimed to be the home of the legendary magician.

One senior member of staff at Carmarthen Town Council said: “People will be irate when they hear about this. Everyone in the Carmarthen area is very proud of our long-established links to Merlin and we certainly won’t accept that he is from Scotland.” (ANI)

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