NT5633 : The Rhymer Stone

taken 13 years ago, near to Newstead, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

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The Rhymer Stone
The Rhymer Stone
According to legend, Thomas the Rhymer fell asleep here beneath a tree on the side of the Eildon Hills. When he awoke he met the Queen of the Fairies and was taken to Fairyland for what seemed to him like a few days. He was then brought back to the Eildon Tree and found that 7 years had elapsed. Thomas was a real man, Thomas Learmonth of Erceldoune (now Earlston) Castle, who lived from 1220-1297. The inscription on the stone reads:-

THIS STONE
MARKS THE SITE
OF THE EILDON TREE
WHERE LEGEND SAYS
THOMAS THE RHYMER
MET THE
QUEEN OF THE FAIRIES
AND WHERE HE WAS
INSPIRED TO UTTER
THE FIRST NOTES
OF THE SCOTTISH MUSE

ERECTED BY
MELROSE LITERARY SOCIETY
1929

RE-ERECTED HERE
1970
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NT5633, 84 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Monday, 28 July, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 5 September, 2008
Category
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5652 3358 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:35.6337N 2:41.4890W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5652 3358
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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