his life. There are even suggestions this was where he spent his seven year absence. Another story was told by a local man, by the name of Rob Messer, to whom it had been handed down from his ancestors. Thomas was en route to Lauder Castle to have a deed witnessed by the Laird, and was carrying a considerable sum of money. He was ambushed and murdered; his body being disposed of in the Leader River. Thomas was a close friend and confidante of King Alexander 111. The King's death plunged Scotland into troubled times, and Thomas was subsequently caught up in the politics of the time.
The Ballad of Thomas the Rhymer
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