Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail
A london stockbroker who is a Welsh landowner - today claims to be a direct descendent of King Arthur. Robert Morgan Williams, who inherited the Aberpergwm estate in the Neath Valley in 1992, can trace his family lineage to the Welsh king that historians Chris Barber and David Pykitt claim is the rightful Arthur.
Mr Williams, 42, is a descendent of Iestyn ap Gwrgan - the last prince of Glamorgan - who Barber and Pykitt say is himself a descendent of Arthur, or Athrwys (Arthur), the King of Gwent.
Their new book, The Legacy of King Arthur, took 20 years of research and it is hoped it will bring a conclusion to the debate over which nation is rightful owner of the Arthurian legend.
Mr Williams was told of the news in an impromptu telephone call from Mr Barber.
He said yesterday, 'It took Chris Barber a few months to track me down, he asked me did I know this and to tell me everything I knew about my family.
'It was very interesting, we knew that we are descended from Iestyn ap Gwrgan. There are so many theories about the Arthurian legend. To me this one seems very convincing.
'I am delighted that Tintagel (a Cornish claim) has been kicked into touch!'
The coal-owning Williams family of Aberpergwm are one of Wales' famous land owners - they settled in the area in about 1560.
Father-of-two Mr Williams added, 'I hope it's going to be great for Welsh tourism - King Arthur is known from here to Tokyo.'
In their previous book, Journey to Avalon, Pykett and Barber revealed the key to the identity and realm of King Arthur is the fact that Dark Age rulers of Glamorgan and Gwent held territory in South Wales, Cornwall and Brittany. These areas became the main field of Arthur's influence, which explains why they all make …