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Merlin magics up Glasgow web link

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King Arthur's magician is traditionally 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."



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