The 'Zeno narrative' shows the 'Clan' Gunn Westford Knight discovers the USA' story to be totally impossible.
The Gunn ‘Westford Knight’ fairy story was meant to have occurred in 1380 when Sir Henry Sinclair was meant to have sailed from the Orkney Islands to Nova Scotia and beyond and taken a knighted Gunn with him (whose coat of arms / shield is later found carved on a rock at Westford, Massachusetts, USA). And so a Gunn was meant to be one of the first white people to ‘discover’ northern America. There is not a grain of truce in the story.
Why is it impossible to have happened? There is only one supposed source for this Henry Sinclair story - the 'Zeno narrative' a work of fiction written in 1558 in Venice. This story includes detailed discussion of one Niccolo Zeno supposedly exploring the northern Atlantic for many years in the late 1300s - shame this Niccolo Zeno's life is fully detailed in the Venetian archives for this time period and he lived in Venice and nearby lands and never went to the northern Atlantic. A person can't be in two places at the one time to state the blindingly obvious...
I note the 'Dictionary of Canadian Biography' view that 'the Zeno affair remains one of the most preposterous and at the same time one of the most successful fabrications in the history of exploration '.
Brian Smith who is archivist at the Shetland Museum and Archives and also an Honorary Fellow at the Centre of Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands considers the 'Zeno narrative' to be an 'elaborate practical joke'. His summary of Henry Sinclair and the Zeno narrative is -
'Henry Sinclair, an earl of Orkney of the late fifteenth century, didn’t go to America. It wasn’t until 500 years after Henry’s death that anybody suggested that he did. The sixteenth century text (Zeno narrative) that eventually gave rise to all the claims about Henry and America certainly doesn’t say so. What it says, in so many words, is that someone called Zichmni, with friends, made a trip to Greenland. None of Henry Sinclair’s contemporaries or near-contemporaries ever claimed he went to America; and none of the antiquaries who wrote about him in the seventeenth century said so either, although they made other absurd claims about him. The story is a modern myth…'
So - the the original source document which is meant to show how a Gunn got to Northern America and become the ‘Westford Knight’ has no mention of Scotland, no mention of Caithness, no mention of the Orkneys, no mention of Henry Sinclair, no Gunns and no mention of North America. That’s a major problem for the ‘Clan Gunn Westford Knight’ myth.
Shame the Clan Gunn Societies give support to this hoax...
For more information see http://www.alastairhamilton.com/sinclair.htm
There are many other historical and archaeological impossibilities with the Gunn Wesford Knight myth but the total failure of the only source for the myth is the point of this entry... See clangunn.weebly.com/on-a-gunn-helping-discover-north-america---sir-james-gunn-of-clyth-crowner-of-caithness-and-the-westford-knight-myth.html