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Prophecies
One of his prophecies, which is true to this day was;

TYDE WHAT MAY, WHATE'ER BETYDE, HAIG WILL BE HAIG O' BEMERSYDE.

This referred to the Haigs (Petrus De Haga) who owned the nearby estate and mansion of Bemersyde in the 13th century and still do to this day.
He predicted;   

THE DEATH OF ALEXANDER III 1286
THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN IN 1314 THE DEFEAT OF KING JAMES 1V AT FLODDEN IN 1513
THE UNION OF THE CROWNS IN 1603.

These are only a few of the many accurate predictions of Thomas. He was called 'The Nostradamus of his time', 'The Scottish Chaucer' 'The founder of a school of native poetry.'
He is thought to be the first Scottish Poet to put pen to paper.
One of his predictions took until 1830 to come to fruition;

"THE HARE SHALL KITTLE ON MY HEARTHSTANE,
AND THERE NEVER SHALL BE A LAIRD LEARMONT AGAIN."

In 1830 the huge red stone fireplace, complete with lintels and corbels, was still entire, and could be seen in the ruins of the tower. Locals rushed to see with their
own eyes, the fulfilment of yet another of Thomas's predictions.
There, nestled among the nettles which were overgrowing the hearth, was a hare with her young.
In 1299, after The Rhymers death, the land belonging to Thomas was signed over to the Monks of Soltra (now Soutra) by his son, who was described as 'The son and heir of Thomas Rymor de Ercildoune'.
It is documented that Thomas met William Wallace and predicted he would be victorious in ousting the English from Scotland, and would eventually lead Scotland to freedom;

"Forsoothe ere he decease,
shall mony in the field make end.
From Scotland he shall forth the Southern send.
And Scotland thrice he shall bring to peace.
So good of hand again shall ne'er be kenned."