These are the names of Druids that have been written down in History and Myth. I will not be letting magician, priest, judge any other word that takes the place of Druid be involved in this article if they are not named a Druid then they will not be added. I started this with a giant list of Druids and as I did more research I have found that a lot of modern writers reinvented some of these charters. I noticed that because someone is a prophet modern writers call them Druids but yet in the myths the prophets are different then the Druids. As in Druids, Prophets ,Seers are named side buyside. As distinct sperate roles. There are a few minor Druids I dint mention.
Diviciacus – from the Aedui Tribe during the 60s BC his name meaning The Avenger. He is the Only Druid in history whose existence is attested by name. So truly the only Named Druid in recorded history.
You can read more about him in my article HERE.
Also goes by Guinclaff a Breton Druid/Bard From around the 6th century. His prophecies are in a old folks song titled “Diougan Gwenc’hlan” (The prophecy of Gwenc’hlan) it was published in 1839 by Hersat de la Villemarque in his works ”Barzaz Breiz” (Bards of Brittany) this is one of the earliest collection of Breton Material. This old folks song talks about how he was imprisoned and his eyes torn out for refusing to convert to Christianity.
Then we have another text called “”Dialogue between King Arthur and Gwenc’hlan” this is a 247 line work written in Middle Breton from around the mid 15th century. What we have now was copied in 1710 by Dom le Pelletier from two different manuscript’s.
A legend was created from when he put a curse on the Christians for taking his sight in the “Diougan Gwenc’hlan”. That whenever anything bad happened in Brittany it was because of him.
I have found that some say that Gwenc’hlan name was Kian but could not find anything in sources stating this.
There is uncertainty if this was a real historical person as the legend of this Druid is thought by some to be a creation.
Here is a couple of quotes from him
“Before the end of the world, the worst land will produce the best wheat.”
“The men of Christ will be hunted down and hooted like wild beasts.”
“You will see before it comes The summer and the winter mixed, And you will not know the time in the world.”
So the Arthurian works have been split into two categories. Pre Galfridian and Post Galfridian. This is in part because of Geoffrey of Monmouth. As his works in the shaping of the Arthurian myths are of great importance.
There are two phases of the Myrddin/Merlin stories.
The first is the pre-Galfridian Welsh stories.
He is from Welsh legends and portrayed as a Madman and Prophet living in the Caledonian Forest around 573 A.D .
We do not have a prose version of the Myrddin stories in Middle Welsh. A general idea of its contents can be deduced from a number of things found in medieval poems when, combined with Scottish and Irish versions of the tale, make possible a reconstruction of its main outline.
These poems are
Yr Afallennau (‘The Apple-trees’)
Yr Oianau (‘The Greetings’)
Ymddiddan Myrddin a Thaliesin (‘The Dialogue of Myrddin and Taliesin’)
Cyfoesi Myrddin a Gwenddydd ei Chwaer (‘The Conversation of Myrddin and his Sister Gwenddydd’)
Gwasgargerdd fyrddin yn y Bedd (‘The Diffused Song of Myrddin in the Grave’)
and Peirian Faban (‘Commanding Youth’)
Most of this material is considered older then what is date on the stories. There is also a Scottish tale about a person named Lailoken that is identical to Myrddin it is assumed that the Scottish version is older.
The second is post-Galfridian stories of Merlin
Most of our stories of him come from Geoffrey of Monmouth around the 12th Century. This Merlin is greatly different from the above. This is the Merlin most know of.
He is one of the most popular of Druids as he as been celebrated in many way through out our times.
The Boyhood Deeds of Fionn
This is a Druidess who raised Fionn mac Cumhaill
The Cause of the Battle of Cnucha
A Druid to Conn Cétchathach, high king of Ireland
Táin Bó Cúailnge
A druid of Conchobar’s court; according to some accounts, the natural father of King Conchobar
Táin Bó Cúailnge
Cheif Druid Of Medb and Ailill
Táin Bó Cúailnge
A druid and poet of Ulster; son of Cathba
Táin Bó Cúailnge
A druid, son to Cathba
The Book of Invasions
Three Partholonian druids and brothers
Druid to the sons of Cermad
Druid to Allot and Lamfhind
The Mogh Ruith / Tlachtga Cycle
The Siege of Knocklong
Book of Lecan
Adventures of Mogh Ruith
Fiachra Muillethan mac Eogain
He was the High-druide of all Ireland
Book of Leinster and in the Lebor na huidre
The Intoxication of the Ulstermen
Crom Deroil & Crom Darail
Antone Minard – “The Dialogue between King Arthur and Gwenc’hlan”: A Translation.
Yowann Byghan – Modern Druidism: An Introduction
Clayton N. Donoghue – The Mysterious Druids
Nikolia Tolstoy – The Quest for Merlin
Comparing Multiple versions of the stories