Tam O’ Shanter Terms!

Tam O’ Shanter is one of Robert Burns most famous poems. Each year we take a section from the poem and make it the Tamfest sub theme. We thought it would be a good idea to explain a few words from the poem that you will see used in some of our activities!  


This year it is “Well Done, Cutty Sark!” The Cutty Sark theme will play an important part in the festival this year not just for the activities and entertainment but also for everyone attending to be part off! 

CUTTY SARK – Is a nickname given to Nannie Dee( a witch in the poem) after the garment she wore( CuttySark is 18th century Scots for undergarment)


THE DEIL –  The Devil who is described vividly in the poem 

AULD KIRK –  The Alloway Auld Kirk which dates back to the 16th Century is now a ruin in Alloway and is celebrated as the scene of the witches dance 

ELDRITCH –  Ghostly, Unearthly, Otherworldly sounds or sensations  – When Tam is discovered spying on the devilish happenings at the Auld Kirk he is pursued by the witches and make his escape on his terrified horse Maggie! “So Maggie runs, the witches follow,Wi’ mony an eldritch skriech and hollo”

GHAISTS- Ghosts

HOULETS – Owls

We will explain more terms as we make announcements for the festival! 
We would love to see as many of you as possible dressed up as Witches or Deil’s! We will be running a competition at Tamfest on Sunday October 27th and the best Ghaist, Witch or Deil that we see will win a special Tamfest prize given to them on the day!

(Photo – Bat An Eye Productions)

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