National Geographic : 1957 Oct
© National Geographic Society 456 Brig o' Doon Saved Tam o' Shanter from Witches and Warlocks of the "Hellish Legion" In Robert Burns's poem, Tam o' Shanter, the hero repaired to an inn to drink with Souter Johnie, "his ancient, trusty, drouthy cronie." "Minutes wing'd their way wi' pleasure" until Tam started home "on his gray mare, Meg, a better never lifted leg." Along the way "Tam saw an unco sight! Warlocks and witches in a dance." Pursued, he raced for Brig o' Doon, because "a running stream they dare na cross." Only pedestrians use the old bridge today. - Ayr preserves Tam o' Shanter Inn, and Kirkoswald keeps Souter Johnie's home (lower). Stone landlord, Tam, and Johnie illustrate the line, "The night drave on wi' sangs an' clatter; and ay the ale was growing better."