Join me on this journey into a A SENSE OF PLACE where I will be:
- Featuring places connected with my own family history.
- Highlighting places with happy memories.
- Shining the spotlight on place names that appeal.
- Linking my interests in history, travel and photography.
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|Leader Water at Earlston|
"On the Black Hills’ lofty summit I stand this morn and gaze
On a scene so full of splendour and brave deeds of bygone days
So rich in nature’s glory – woodland, hills and rivers grand,
With a veil of glamour o’er it, the dear old Borderland"
Earlston is best known for medieval poet and prophet Thomas Learmonth, called Thomas of Ercildoune, Thomas the Rhymer, or True Thomas. He said to have had supernatural powers that rivalled those of Merlin. He is said to have gained his powers, after falling asleep under the Eildon Tree whilst hunting. He met and kissed the Queen of Fairyland, and spent seven years as her guest in the Land of the Elves before returning to Ercildoune for seven years, then disappearing for good.
The Statistical Account of Scotland of 1791 commented:
”There are at present 670 males and 681 females…….there are between 40-50 weaver looms, mostly employed weaving linen. We have only one woollen manufacturer.
There are four mills in the parish which manufacture a considerable amount of grain……………The most common crops in the parish are oats, barley and peas…………
Horses are absolutely necessary in this part of the country, for it is by them that farmers labour their farms and drive their corn to market. They never work with oxen now as they used to.”
One great disadvantage under which this parish labours is the want of fuel. The common people burn turf and peat. Coal is usually from the neighbourhood of Dalkeith, a carriage of about 25 miles, which necessarily makes the price so high that the poor cannot purchase it.
The people are in general healthy; many of them survive to old age. The most common diseases are ague, rheumatism and scrophula. The frequency of the last is probably due to intermarriages. Consumptive complaints are more common”.
|Old Bridge at Earlston, built 1737.|
|Cowdensknowes Wood, Earlston, May 2012|
|Pipe Band leading the Fancy Dress Parade at Earlston Civic Week - July 2012 |
Taken from the roof of the Blackford Hill Observatory.
PLACE NAMES THAT APPEAL - Eccles in Lancashire. as it reminds me of the delicious Eccles Cakes my mother made - a small flaky pastry pie filled with currants, candied peel. nutmeg, butter and demerera sugar. Yummy!
Also Ecclefechan in south west Scotland, which has a grand ring to it - just try saying it!