Born Jan. 25, 1759, Alloway, Ayrshire, Scot.
Died July 21, 1796, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire
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 haggis– an entertaining rendition of ‘To a Haggis’
These are the first few lines:
A Toast to – ‘The Haggis!’
Traditional cock-a-leekie soup
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
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
Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect, 1793
Poems, letters and land of Robert Burns, 
A select collection of original Scottish airs for the voice …including upwards of 100 new songs by Burns, 
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
Margaret Curson – Rare Books Librarian.