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Magic Lantern Slide with Photograph of the Tam O'Shanter Inn, Ayr

Introduction:
It has been supposed that this inn was the howff in which Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnnie were in the habit of meeting on market days and 'bousing at the nappy'. It is also thought that Burns himself frequented the inn when in Ayr.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
60
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Glass
Dimensions:
Length: 82 mm, width: 82 mm
What:
Lantern Slide with photograph of the Tam O'Shanter Inn, Ayr
Subject:
Because of its associations with Burns and his poem this inn became a landmark for those visiting Burns' haunts in the latter part of the 19th Century. Hence the inclusion of this magic lantern slide in a presentation on 'Burns' Country.'
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he visited here)
Captain Francis Grose (1731?-1791) (poem published by)
John Davidson (1728-1806)(prototype for Souter Johnnie) (character in poem)
Douglas Graham of Shanter (1739-1811)(prototype for Tam O'Shanter) (character in poem)
When:
1880 - 1920 (production)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Because of its associations with Burns and his poem this inn became a landmark for those visiting Burns' haunts in the latter part of the 19th Century. Hence the inclusion of this magic lantern slide in a presentation on 'Burns' Country.'
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.