This sculpture portrays the denouement of the poem Tam O’Shanter by Robert Burns.  Tam is mounted on his grey mare Meg and is being chased by a young witch.  We see that the witch has just caught up with Tam and has grabbed his horse from behind…

Photo courtesy of Mary and Angus Hogg.  Thank you!

Photo courtesy of Mary and Angus Hogg. Thank you!

….Now, do thy speedy utmost, Meg,

And win the key-stane o’ the brig;

There at them thou thy tail may toss,

A running stream they dare na cross. [witches and water don’t mix]

But ere the key-stane she could make,

The feint a tail she had to shake!

For Nannie, far before the rest,

Hard upon noble Maggie prest,

And flew at Tam wi’ furious ettle;

But little wist she Maggie’s mettle –

Ae spring brought off her master hale,

But left behind her ain gray tail;

The carlin claught her by the rump,

And left poor Maggie scarce a stump…

You can read the complete poem in its original form along with an easy English translation here.  Unfortunately, I am having difficulty finding information on the sculpture or artist.  If anyone knows more about it, please share!  Thanks ~

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