Turnbull's and Thomas the Rhymer
TURNBULL's along with Armstrong's, Elliot's and Scott's, were amongst the most notorious of families in the turbulent period of the Border Reivers, Legend has it that the name came about, when William of Rule, near Hawick, saved King Robert the Bruce by wrestling to the ground a bull that had charged the king. For this act, he was rewarded with lands and dubbed "Turnebull".
William Turnebull assumed a bull's head as his heraldic symbol with the motto, "I Saved The King" both of which have been incorporated into the Turnbull clan crest.
Turnbulls are remembered in the church of Bedrule, near Hawick, the birthplace of William Turnbull, Bishop of Glasgow who founded Glasgow University in 1451.
|The view from Bedrule Church, across to Ruberslaw Hill|
Earlston, where I live, is best known as the birthplace of medieval poet and prophet THOMAS THE RHYMER , (C.1210-C.1299) , sometimes called Thomas Learmonth,Thomas of Ercildoune,or True Thomas.
He is said to have gained his powers of prophecy, after falling asleep beneath the triple Hills, whilst hunting. He met and kissed the Queen of Elfland, and spent seven years as her guest before returning to Ercildoune (the old name for Earlston0 then disappearing again for good.
His prophecies, set down in verse, included:
- The death of King Alexander III in 1286,
- The Battle fo Banockburn in 1314,
- The defeat and death of King James IV at the Battle of flodden in 1513
- the Union of the Crowns of England and Scotland in 1603.
"Farewell my Father's ancient tower! a long farewell, said he
The scene of pleasure, pomp and power, thou never more shall be!"
|The ruins of Rhymer's Tower, Earlston|
A USA Connection and an Unusual Sight
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A-Z Challenge A - Abbeys,Abbotsford and Armstrong's
A-Z Challenge B - Border Reivers, Border Ballads and Blackmail
A-Z Challenge F - Flodden, Fletcher and Flowers of the Forest
A-Z Challenge G - A Green & Pleasant Land and Galashiels
A-Z Challenge H - Hermitage Castle and Hawick
A-Z Challenge K - Kalaidoscope, Kelso and Kinmont Willie
A-Z Challenge L - The Fair Lilliard and Leaderfoot Viaduct
A-Z Challenge M - Muckle Mou'ed Meg and Melrose
A-Z Challenge N - Newark Castle and Nature
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