A Fairy Tale from 13th century Scotland
One beautiful summer morning Thomas,the young laird of Echildoune,went out walking
by the burn in the woods beside his castle.
Thomas was so beguiled by her beauty that he begged for a kiss.This was just what she wanted because
now she had him in her power. To his horror as soon as they kissed this lovely woman turned into
a frightening old witch.
The terrified Thomas was told to jump on the back of her horse,and off they sped,fast as lightening,
deeper and deeper into the forest until they reached her castle in Fairyland.
A braided silk rein for the Fairy Queen's horse.
Assorted fabrics,bells,gold threads,wood pigeon and blackbird feathers.
The process is shown HERE
Today a hawthorn tree marks the spot,beneath the Eildon Hills near Melrose in the Scottish Borders,
where it is thought that Thomas met the Fairy Queen.
Thomas of Learmont was an actual person who lived in the tower of Ercildoune in the 13th century.
The building would have looked similar to Neidpath Castle,shown in a previous post HERE.
The tale of Thomas's trip to Fairyland has been the source of many works of art,writing and music.
As Thomas the Rhymer he is most remembered for his prophetic poems,many of which
are said to have become true.His prophecies were documented in English Prophetic writings
of the 14 and 15 hundreds and in a chapbook of his poems handed down through the centuries.
There is also documentation of his signature on a legal charter,
signed Thome Rymor de Erchildoune.