Burns Night – 25th January

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Robert Burns,

Born Jan. 25, 1759, Alloway, Ayrshire, Scot.
Died July 21, 1796, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire

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Burns Birthplace

Robert Burns, Scottish poet and writer of traditional folk songs. He became a popular legend during his lifetime. His work, written in the Scottish vernacular, led to his acceptance as the national poet of Scotland and after his death he became one of the bestselling British poets of all time. 

He is celebrated by his countrymen on his birthday, Burns Night (25 January), with a traditional Burns Supper.

The running order for a fairly informal gathering would be –

Traditional Scottish Music

Burn’s Grace – usually recited in Scots

Some hae meat and canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it,

But we hae meat and we can eat,

And sae the Lord be thankit

Address to the haggisan entertaining rendition of ‘To a Haggis’

These are the first few lines:

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A Toast to – ‘The Haggis!’

The Meal


Traditional cock-a-leekie soup

Main Course

Haggis, neeps & tatties (Hagis wi’ bashit neeps an’ champit tatties)


Clootie Dumpling (a pudding prepared in a linen cloth or cloot or

Typsy Laird (a Scottish sherry trifle)

Cheeseboard with bannocks (oatcakes)

Followed by a performance of Burns Songs (for example, My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose) and/or recital of one of his poems

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These are some of Burns works we hold in Rare Books and Special Collections The Life and works of Robert Burns,1856

The National Burns, 1879-1880

4 volumes

Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect, 1793

Poems, letters and land of Robert Burns, [1840]

A select collection of original Scottish airs for the voice …including upwards of 100 new songs by Burns, [1817]

Songs chiefly in the Scottish dialect, 1824

Anyone can join the Rare Books Membership Scheme to consult the ‘Treasures’ held in the Special Collections.  

Tony Miller Reading Room

Upper Floor

Jubilee Library

01273 294005


Margaret Curson – Rare Books Librarian.

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