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Jun 12, 2016

30th May 2016

There is no historical Arthur in the south, far less a Glein battlefield.

In the north, we have an historical Arthur and a Glein battlefield and they are self-corroborating.

The Glein Challenge 

If you Google-search 'Arthur and Glein' you will not be able to find a sensible location for the legendary Arthur’s legendary battle of Glein. (The battle of the River Glein is the first Arthur-battle on the battle-list of Nennius.)

The battle of the River Glein only makes sense with reference to Arthur Mac Aedan.

Arthur Mac Aedan’s father Aedan won the battle of Delgon in 574CE.

In Finding Arthur I identified the Delgon battlefield as Ealain da Ghallagan, West Loch Tarbert, Argyll, Scotland.

In 574CE Arthur/Arthur Mac Aedan was about sixteen years old and about to embark on the military career that would make him famous.

Given the battle of the River Glein is the first Arthur-battle on the battle-list of Nennius it is reasonable to suppose, if the battles on the list are in chronological order, that Arthur was relatively young when it was fought. 

(I have shown in Finding Arthur that the battles on the battle-list of Nennius were fought in Chronological order.)

I was unable to find a single, sensible location for the River Glein battlefield when I was writing Finding Arthur.

I came to the conclusion that there was no one single battle of the River Glein. I concluded that as Arthur was a young man, enjoyng his first independent command, he was probably only in charge of mopping-up operations in the aftermath of Delgon, and that, consequently, the reference to the battle of the River Glein should properly be understood as the battles of the rivers and the glens.

I looked everywhere except one place, right under my nose.

In 2014 a German scholar, Kurt Leibhard, following-up on my work, found the answer.

I had been right that the young Arthur had been engaged in mopping-up after Delgon, but not that this involved a guerrilla campaign fought by generic rivers and in generic glens.

Kurt Leibhard found the battlefield of the River Glein two kilometres from Arthur Mac Aedan's father's Delgon battlefield (which I had located at Ealain da Ghallagan).

Two kilometers from Delgon-Ealain da Ghallagan is Abhainn Gillean – that is, the River Gillean.

The names River Glein and River Gillean are similar in the extreme, if not synonymous.

The location, smack bang next to Aedan’s Delgon, fits perfectly.

The timing, immediately after Delgon, when Arthur was young, and so unlikely to be in command in a great battle and more likely to be in command in a follow-up battle, clearly makes sense.

The questions, who; where; when; why? all have answers if the River Glein is Abhainn Gillean.

This is self-corroborating evidence.

This evidence is too much of a coincidence to be mere chance.

I challenge everyone to come up with a better Glein battlefield.