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Souter Johnnie's Cottage

Main Road
Kirkoswald
Ayrshire
KA19 8HY

The inspiration for the character Souter Johnnie, Tam's 'ancient, trusty, drouthy crony' in Burns' poem Tam O'Shanter, was John Davidson, the real-life souter (shoemaker) who lived and worked in this cottage.

The thatched building contains many relics, including the family bible and implements of a village shoemaker. In the restored ale-house in the garden are life-sized stone figures of the souter, Tam, the inn-keeper and his wife. They sit around, much as Burns visualised them, 'fast by an ingle bleezing finely..... ae market nicht' over 200 years ago.

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In Kirkoswald, on A77, 4 miles south-west of Maybole, South Ayrshire.

Souter Johnnie's Cottage Postcode for SatNav: KA19 8HY

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