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Magic Lantern Slide with Photograph of Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnnie Statues at Alloway

Introduction:
These statues depict two characters from Burns' poem 'Tam O'Shanter', situated in the Statue House at the Burns Monument Gardens, Alloway. They were made by James Thom of Tarbolton.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
55
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Glass
Dimensions:
Length: 82 mm, width: 82 mm
What:
Lantern Slide with photograph of Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnnie statues
Subject:
The Burns Monument Gardens at Alloway were a landmark for those visiting Burns' birthplace in the latter part of the 19th Century. Hence the inclusion of this magic lantern slide in a presentation on 'A Night with Burns'.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his poem characters)
Captain Francis Grose (1731?-1791) (poem published by)
John Davidson (1728-1806)(prototype for Souter Johnnie) (representation)
Douglas Graham of Shanter (1739-1811)(prototype for Tam O'Shanter) (representation)
James Thom (1802-1850) (Tarbolton) (sculptor)
When:
1880 - 1920 (production)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The Burns Monument Gardens at Alloway were a landmark for those visiting Burns' birthplace in the latter part of the 19th Century. Hence the inclusion of this magic lantern slide in a presentation on 'A Night with Burns'.
Description:
Burns wrote the poem, 'Tam O'Shanter' as a 'witch story' to accompany the illustration of Alloway Kirk which was to be published by his friend, Captain Francis Grose in his 'Antiquities of Scotland'. It is both comic and epic, telling the story of Tam's encounter with a coven of witches on his ride home from a night's drinking at the inn.