• Short Summary

    A look at the house of Souter Johnnie, who was immortalised in the famous poem by Robert Burns.

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    Kirkoswald in Strathclyde, Scotland.

    Beautiful L/S of the rocky coast of the west of Scotland; L/S of a car driving along a coastal road; M/S of a sign post reading 'The National Trust for Scotland / Souter Johnnie's House'.

    M/S of a car driving through the village of Kirkoswald; pan right to show a thatched cottage; M/S of a plaque saying 'Souter Johnnie's House - Built 1786 / John Davidson - Born 1728 - Died here 1808' and a line from the famous poem by Robert Burns.

    M/S of elderly caretaker William Eaglesham, who looks after the cottage, in the garden, where four life-size figures carved from stone depict Souter Johnnie, Tam O'Shanter, and the landlord and landlady of Tam O'Shanter Inn; they sit in chairs on a small patio, as if gathered round a fire in the inn. William cleans the landlord figure with a brush; various shots of the other figures as commentator quotes from the poem (in a Scottish accent); part of Souter Johnnie's nose seems to be missing.

    M/S of a chimney stack of a cottage; tilt down to show the window of the room where Robbie Burns was educated. M/Ss of William in the garden, cleaning the spinning wheel that belonged to Souter Johnnie's wife ('souter' means 'shoemaker'). M/S of the shoemaker's tools.

    L/S of a butcher's shop and some cottages (originally Burns' school); the Tam O'Shanter Inn is seen at the end of the row. Various shots in a graveyard; C/Us of the gravestones of Souter Johnnie, Burns' School Master and Tam O'Shanter. Commentator quotes from Burns.

    Note: On file are cameraman's notes on the footage shot, a black and white postcard of the stone figures in the garden and a small guidebook about Souter Johnnie's House from The National Trust for Scotland.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:42:00 / 01:46:22:00
    CP 337

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