Thomas the Rhymer (Thomas de Ercildoun) was born in Earlston about 1220 and died about 1297. He was a Scottish Laird and the author of many prophetic verses. The tale of Thomas the Rhymer and the Queen of Elfland were the inspiration for the ballad by the folk group Steelye Span.
|Thomas the Rhymer and The Queen of Elfland|
The tower is now derelict but it can be seen from the road beside the petrol station or from the cafe beside it.