Tacitus referred to them as ‘the place of the three hills.‘ His son in law Agricola estalished the Roman garrison at nearby Newstead. This was called Trimontium,
Sir Walter Scott’s favourite place was near to Sir Douglas Haig’s
home at Bemersyde. This was a view acrross to the Eildoon Hills. Both of these great Sotsmen are buried at Dryburgh Abbet. Also a ruin.
Legend has it that Thomas the Rhymer met the Queen of ‘fair Elfland’ here. She st out three possible
options N the narrow road ‘so thick beset with thorns and briers’ but the ‘path of righteousness’: second, the ‘broad, broad road, the ‘path of wickedness’: or the path they follow to ‘fair Elfland’,
Thomas stays ther with her for seven years.
An obvious fairy tale. Yet, Thomas the Rhymer was a real person, living here in the 13th century.