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A "souter" is a shoemaker and in Kirkoswald, some 19km (12 miles) south of Ayr, is the home of Burns's pal, cobbler John Davidson or Souter Johnnie. Davidson is name-checked in Burns's tale of Tam O'Shanter, who in real life was another friend named Douglas Graham. The cottage, which dates to 1785, contains period furniture and contemporary cobbler's tools. In the nearby kirkyard are the graves of Graham as well as Souter Johnnie and his wife, Ann.