(Inscription on the old Head-Stone)
MARKS THE SITE
OF THE EILDON TREE
WHERE LEGEND SAYS
THOMAS THE RHYMER
QUEEN OF THE FAERIES
AND WHERE HE WAS
INSPIRED TO UTTER
THE FIRST NOTES
OF THE SCOTTISH MUSE
MELROSE LITERARY SOCIETY
In 1998 ‘The Rhymer’s Stone Project Group,’ founded by Val Miller from Melrose, created the ‘Rhymer’s Stone Viewpoint’. This is now a popular visitor attraction and is near to the site of the Eildon Tree, where legend tells that Thomas encountered the Queen of fair Elfland.
On his return to the Eildon Tree, after spending seven years in the faery kingdom, Thomas was given the gift of prophecy by the Faery Queen.
There is now a pathway linking the Rhymer’s Stone to the Rhymer’s Tower in Earlston.
Thomas Learmont was born early in the 13th century. He lived in Ercildoune, the former name for Earlston, in the grand ancestral home, of which the ruins still remain.