With funding from both the Community Grant Scheme at Scottish Borders Council, and Earlston Community Council, the first of our aims was realised. Stage one of our project was fulfilled during the summer of 2010. The printing of 2000 information leaflets was completed, and the new signs were erected at the north and south entrances into Earlston on the A68. Another, smaller sign was erected at the east entrance into Earlston on the A6105. We have since had another 3,000 leaflets printed and they continue to be in huge demand. During the six years since our group was formed we have been approached by local groups, schools, T.V. production teams and individuals from near and far seeking information on Thomas the Rhymer.
Welcome to the official web-site of the The Friends of Thomas the Rhymer Group Earlston
The Friends of Thomas the Rhymer group was formed in October 2007. A small number of curious, or interested, individuals came along to the first meeting, which was held in the oldest pub in Earlston – the Black Bull Inn. This venue is linked to the legend and memory of Thomas the Rhymer, since the site of the famous ‘Rhymer’s Thorn Tree’ is within the grounds at the rear of the Inn. We have continued to hold our regular meetings in this quaint, historic coaching Inn for over six years. Our group started with seven members which made up the committee. Although we still have a dedicated committee, our membership continues to increase. Our aims are.
To promote awareness of the important part Thomas played in our historical and literary heritage.
To erect boundary signs denoting Earlston as the birth-place of Thomas the Rhymer.
To provide information in leaflet form, regarding the life, works, and legend of Thomas the Rhymer.
To make the leaflets widely available through various outlets, such as; shops, Tourist Information Centres, exhibitions, libraries, and schools.
Our group was constituted in June 2009. We now have a committee of nine members, and many more interested individuals who give their time, and support, to our cause.