A Right Proper Toasting for Robert Burns

District of Calamity

Robert Burns was born on this day in 1759.  He died at at the age of 37 but his poetry was so influential that Burns nights have been held since 1802.  The date was moved from January 29th to January 26th in 1803 when Ayr parish records showed the proper date.

Burns Night Suppers have been immensely popular not only to celebrate the Romantic era poet but also to celebrate Scottish language and culture, which Robbie championed by penning many of his works.

The highlight of the evening is the pipping of the Haggis (a savory pudding made with sheeps’ pluck, minced onions, suet and oatmeal) followed by a reading of Burns’ “Address to a Haggis”.

Address to a Haggis by Robert Burns (1786)

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy…

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