Many invented and fictional people have been inserted into genealogical collections, generally as part of an attempt to fill in the blanks, but also to connect cultures and justify claims to an ancient history.
Profiles for invented and fictional people often become battleground among genealogists.
This project collects and identifies people for whom no historical evidence exists.
- Arthurian Fiction - people who are medieval inventions from the many stories of Arthurian romance
- Frankish Fiction - people who are the invention of medieval Frankish chronicles
- Greek Mythology - characters from Greek mythology. These will often, but not always, overlap Roman mythology.
- Irish Fiction - characters from Irish mythology, including the Lebor Gabála Érenn.
- Modern Fiction - people who appear to have been invented in the 19th and 20th centuries, including those invented by genealogical forgers and con men.
- Norse Mythology - characters from Norse (Scandinavian) mythology.
- Roman Mythology - characters from Rome mythology. These will often, but not always, overlap Greek mythology.
- Welsh Mythology - characters from Welsh mythology.
'To add additional projects, contact one of the project collaborators.'
The Stuart Line back to King Arthur through Fleance & Banquo
Fleance and his father Banquo are both fictional characters presented as historical fact by Hector Boece, whose Scotorum Historiae (1526–27) was a source for Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles, a history of the British Isles popular in Shakespeare's time. In the Chronicles, Fleance—in fear of Macbeth—flees to Wales and marries Nesta verch Gruffydd, daughter of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, the last native Prince of Wales. They have a son named Walter who makes his way back to Scotland and is appointed Royal Steward. According to legend, he fathered the Stuart monarchs of England and Scotland.
The Stuarts used their connection with Fleance and his marriage to the Welsh princess to claim a genealogical link with the legendary King Arthur. This, they hoped, would strengthen the legitimacy of their throne. In 1722, however, Richard Hay, a Scottish historian, presented strong evidence that not only was James not a descendant of Fleance, but also that both Fleance and Banquo never even existed. Most modern scholars now agree that Fleance is not a real historical figure.