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Earlston photograph to follow ituated on the Leader Water in the beautiful Lauderdale valley, Earlston (at one time Ercidoune) is known far and wide as the birthplace of Sir Thomas Learmount or Thomas the Rhymer. Just south of the town stands the 'Rhymer's Tower', where Sir Thomas was born. The Tower was purchased in 1895 by the Edinburgh Borderers' Association.


he town square in Earlston was originally laid out with a rose garden to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Earlston church, built in 1892, has some very interesting headstones and within the church itself there is a small stone (taken from a former church) which states the following:

"Auld Rymr's Race Lies in this Place".

If you would like to learn more about the remarkable life of Sir Thomas Learmount, who lived all his life in Earlston, you will enjoy our section dedicated to Thomas the Rhymer.


short distance to the north of Earlston lies the little village of Legerwood, known principally for its church with the Norman chancel and arch. Its remarkable preservation is due to the Ker family having blocked up this section of the church. It was uncovered again in the closing years of the 19th century and fully restored.
Last Updated April 2000
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