TAM O' SHANTER had many folks guessing when Robert Burns first wrote it, but the name was given to Douglas Grahame which Robert Burns had been writing about. Douglas Grahame owned a farm called Shanter which was situated on the Carrick shore near Kirkoswald.
Here is a small part of the "Tam O' Shanter tale;
When chapman billies leave the street,
And drouthy neebors, neebors meet,
As market-days are wearing late,
and folks begin to take the gate ;
While we sit bousing at the nappy
And getting fou and unco happy,
We thinkna on the lang Scots miles,
The mosses, waters, slaps, and styles,
That lie between us and our hame,
Where sits our sulky sullen dame,
Gathering her brows like gathering storm,
Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.
There are many verses in the "Tam O' Shanter tales and for many scholars this was his finest work.