Copyright 2012 by Karen Jones
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While this is indeed a work of fiction, it is based in historical fact.
In 1296 Scots King, John Balliol yielded the crown of Scotland to Edward I of England, Edward Longshanks. During the years of 1297 and 1298, William Wallace encouraged resistance to the English rule and defeated Edward at Stirling Castle. After living in hiding for eight years, Wallace was executed. Scotland continued to be a land at war until 1314 when Robert the Bruce defeated the English at the Battle of Bannockburn. Our story begins here.
Castle Lochalsh does not exist but Loch Alsh, Cassley Waterfall, Carn Ban (ancient burial site), Corrieshalloch Gorge, Fionn Ben (mountain), Dornoch on the east coast, and the Falls of Shin are quite real and wonderful places to visit.
Thomas the Rhymer was born in 1220 and lived for almost 80 years, a great age in that time. The appellation "True Thomas" resulted from his prediction of the death of Alexander III and the Scots victory at the Battle of Bannockburn.