According to William, Mad Dog was a variation from the Welsh name Madoc. In Welsh folklore Madoc was a Welsh Prince who sailed to America in about 1170 AD, three hundred years before Columbus. The story goes that to flee the violent lifestyle of the times, he formed an expedition and sailed west looking for a more peaceful land. After finding a promising new land, he returned to Wales and recruited ten ships of colonists and sailed west never to be seen or heard from again. Madoc’s most likely landing place has been speculated to have been on Mobile Bay in Alabama with a settlement established in Fort Mountain, GA.
Madoc's Wall in Ft. Mountain, Georgia
The list of inferences and incidents is very extensive and are discussed in the Wikipedia and internet in much greater detail than I present here. Just type “Madoc” into the Bing search engine to find a myriad of sources.
Sadly, all the legends and stories are labeled hearsay or anecdotal. None of the sources have historical teeth. Yet, the legend lives on. I guess I am a gullible, romantic and somehow find it easy to believe that a Welshman fed up with war and killing tried to escape to a more peaceful world.
A word on William Tolliver’s “Fireblade” Series:
Whether you believe the Madoc legend was fact or fiction, William Tolliver’s “Fireblade” trilogy should not be missed. One critic has said the series is part edgy Mickey Spillane and part suspenseful Dan Brown. The series is action-adventure with historical overtones, all grounded in the present day and seen from the viewpoint of a very reluctant hero. The three books are titled The Mad Dog Connection, The Camelot Tapes, and Last Plane to Avalon. They are available from the publisher at www.publishamerica.com, or can be ordered by any bookstore.
Professor Rhod Evans encounters deadly conflict when he finds that the supposed suicide of his best friend was actually murder. Pres Davies, his murdered friend, had refused to reveal to Lucius Valentine, a billionaire art pirate, where he had hidden King Arthur’s treasures, which he had found in America. Evans is forced to do battle with the same forces that overthrew Arthur in the sixth century. He finds allies in a priest, who is an expert with automatic weapons and a beautiful, enigmatic British lady. A man of peace must become a warrior, and more than that — he must find Arthur’s treasures before his enemy uses them to become the most dangerous man in the world.