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Robert Burns

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

Period:
Late 19th Century
Description:

"A Night with Burns, Statues - Tam o' Shanter and Souter Johnny", a colour tinted photographic image of the group of statues.

 

These statues depict two characters from Burns' poem, "Tam o' Shanter", and are situated in the Statue House at the Burns Monument Gardens, Alloway. They were made by James Thom of Tarbolton.

 

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.

 

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".

Materials/Media:
glass
Dimensions:
width: 82 mm, length: 82 mm
Accession number:
Lantern Slide, PEOPLE, Robert Burns / 24
Digital Number:
DMBN111n
Creation Date:
1880-1920
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council