The Arthurian Dingwall

Well, well, well, 2020, I’m still writing my blog & the world’s gone mental. I’m not  a great believer in the Coronavirus, but we’ll leave all that for another day. For now lets check out something much more important, the  Arthurian connection to an area north of Inverness by Dingwall. Its all a case of combining chispology with my earlier findings on Uther Pendragon, from which we’ll climb yet another rung in the ladder of truth I’ve been constructing this past, highly enjoyable, decade.  The last time I touched on the subject was in a potst called THE TRUE UTHER & KING ARTHUR’S GRANDAD, from which material we’ll be drawing on here. We begin with the Welsh Triads which tell us;

Three Brave Men of the Island of Britain: Gruddnei, and Henben, and Edenawg. They would not return from battle except on their biers. And those were three sons of Gleissiar of the North, by Haearnwedd the Wily their mother. (Triads)

In my earlier post I showed how Gleissar of the North was Uther Pendragon, Gruddnei was King Arthur (Garthnach/Gartnait son of Gygurn in the Pictish King List) & Haearnwedd was Igerne, Arthur’s mother, as in Ig-Haearn. Extra proof comes from a poem called the Death Song of Uther Pendragon in which Uther states, ‘Am I not he that is called Gorlassar… I shared my shelter, a ninth share in Arthur’s valour/  Is it not I that performed the rights of purification, when Hayarndor went to the top of the mountain?’ I’ve recently noticed that the otherwise unknown ‘Hayarndor’ is contextually & chispologically the same as Haearnwedd, ie Arthur’s mum herself.

But I’m drifting. The idea is that Gorlasser/Gleissar is a name which turns up as the Glass of Dunglass, ie ‘hillfort of Gleissar.’ There are two places with that name in Scotland, both of which are attached to an iron-age fort. In East Lothian we have a promontory fort called Castle Dykes at the mouth of the Dunglass Dean. There are other forts in the area as well, all of which could have been called Dun Gorlasser from which the Dunglass estate was named.


The second Dunglass is an island in the River Conan, near Dingwall, on which all stood an Iron Age fort. Its at this point where we place a blueprint of Iron Age history over the local topography, peer at it thro a lens of chispology & see what happens.  We begin with the Triad shown above, in which Edenawg is a son of Uther Pendragon. Now if Edenawg is the same figure as Clydno Eidyn, then the River Conan could well be named after Cynon son of Clydno.  Cynon is one of the famous few fellas who survived the Battle of Catreath as recorded in Y Gododdin of Aneirin. Admittedly, the Gododdin & Eidyn bullet points suggest a more Lothian based Cynon, but with King Loth possessing territories in the Orkneys & Lothian, a north-south Scottish Conan is not impossible, especially when we have already placed another Dunglass in East Lothian.

So there we go – its a brief one this one, but we shall leave our Arthurian investigation poised at the edge of the Black Isle & all its Pictish memorials, including the recent discovery of the probably royal Pict, the Rosemarkie man. Its time for another chispological dig!


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