British researchers working with The Welsh Cultural Endeavor have been knighted
We are pleased to announce that researchers in Britain who work closely with The Welsh Cultural Endeavor of Northeastern Pennsylvania have received high honors from a king whose own journey and plight to be recognized reflects their own.
Alan Wilson of Wales and Englishman Baram Blackett will be knighted, effective, June 29, 2016, by King Kigeli V of Rwanda. The date coincides with the king’s 80th birthday. Wilson and Blackett have been at the forefront of research into the true history of Wales and Britain despite criticism from their peers and academics, and now they are being honored for it.
For nearly four years, The Welsh Cultural Endeavor has been working to preserve and propagate a lifetime’s worth of research painstakingly gathered by Wilson and Blackett. In the rolling hills of Wales, the two have uncovered an ancient language, undeniable evidence of the first-century Christian church in Wales and proof that the famed King Arthur II, whose name and feats have been fictionalized and fantasized for centuries, was a warm-blooded Welshman who once traveled to America and died at the hands of attacking Native Americans in the sixth century.
George Horwatt, President of The Welsh Cultural Endeavor of Northeastern Pennsylvania, holds proclamations signed by King Kigeli V of Rwanda to knight Welsh Researchers Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett.
King Kigeli V recognizes the efforts of Wilson and Blackett and reflected this in a proclamation. He commended the two for their meticulous forensic investigations, which were often completed at great personal cost. King Kigeli V has conveyed to them the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Lion of Rwanda.
George C. Horwatt, founder and President of The Welsh Cultural Endeavor, has been named the king’s emissary to Wilson and Blackett and has worked tirelessly to coordinate their knighting. Wilson and Blackett join the ranks of African leaders to be knighted by the Rwandan king, most notably the late South African President Nelson Mandela.
“We only read the records. If it’s not in the records we don’t put it in the book. If it’s not on a piece of parchment or on a stone tablet or a … jug or on a grave or whatever, it doesn’t go in the book. If the site isn’t there on a map and you can’t stand on it, it doesn’t go in the book. We’re not interested in extrapolating or in interpreting or speculating in our research, be weird if we didn’t. It’s a seminal work. Nobody else has bothered for 300 years at least. We always admit the mistake – if we’ve made the mistake, we’ve got that wrong – and it’s the right way to go.” ~ Alan Wilson, during a 2010 conference in Bath, England
Since being granted political asylum in the U.S. in 1992, King Kigeli V, who has a United Nations resolution from the 1960s calling for his return to the throne, has lived a modest life outside of Washington, D.C., and he remains devoted to serving Rwandans throughout the diaspora resulting from the tribal tensions in the 1990s.
Much like the Rwandan king, Wilson and Blackett have long been denied legitimacy in Wales. As an organization committed to preserving Welsh heritage and culture in the United States, we see the truth in their findings and feel obligated to help protect the knowledge they have gathered. As an organization committed to preserving Welsh heritage and culture in the United States, we see the truth in their findings and feel obligated to help protect the knowledge they have gathered.
“In recognition of original research, often at great personal cost, demonstrating 40 years of meticulous forensic investigations into the beginnings of ancient Britain and that the famed King Arthur was two historical individuals, His Majesty King Kigeli V of Rwanda, the last king to reign in Rwanda, has awarded the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Lion of Rwanda to Alan Wilson and Anthony Thomas (Baram) Blackett. Other notable historical awardees of the same Order are Sir Conrad Swan, Garter Principal King of Arms; Sir James Carlisle, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda; His Majesty King Mwambutsa IV of Burundi; His Majesty Sir Edward Mutesa, King of Buganda; His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan; His Excellency Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa; His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia; and other awardees.” ~ Statement from His Majesty’s Private Secretary regarding the knighthoods for Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett.