Friday, September 17, 2010

Thomas The Rhymer

"©Stephanie Pui-Mun Law"
Thomas could be almost as famous as Nostradamus, its all down to marketing, like the Borders themselves. Thomas as the story goes lived in Ercildoune (Earlston) in the 13th Century, and one night on his way home from Selkirk fell asleep in a field on the foothill of the Eildons. He was awakened by a lovely Elvish Princess who took a fancy to the lad and swept him off to the Elfland. While there he learned many secrets and on his return a geas was put upon him that he could not tell them directly. He became a famous man in these parts and told many fortunes by poem and rhyme. One prediction is of course dear to our neighbour Edinburgh
"York was, London is, and Edinburgh shall be
The biggest and bonniest o' the three"

An artis impression of the event is done by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law