Thomas The Rhymer
At the foot of the Eildons, between them and the site of Trimontium, stands the monument to Thomas the Rhymer. Thomas was a genuine historical figure, also known as Thomas of Ercildoune, Lord Learmont and True Thomas. He was born and lived at Ercildoune, now known as Earlston in the thirteenth century. He is recorded as a signatory to documents of the time, but it is through the tales of his meeting with the Queen of the Fairies and his ability to prophesy that he is remembered. His meeting with the Fairy Queen has led to many stories based on the legend, and to him are attributed many prophesies including the death of King Alexander III, the Battle of Bannockburn and the accession of James VI to the combined thrones of England and Scotland.
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