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Souter Johnnie's Cottage

Main Road
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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