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Robert Burns

Robert Burns
Robert Burns

Robert Burns born 25 January 1759 – died in Dumfries on 21 July 1796, aged 37.

Robert Burns – Places to visit

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum – offering a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. The Birthplace Museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works.

Ellisland Farm – Some of the Bard’s best-loved nature poems were inspired by the tranquil setting of Ellisland Farm. Ellisland is now a popular museum and visitor attraction, and it provides a wonderful insight into the life of Robert Burns on a farm two hundred years ago.

The Globe Inn, Dumfries – Established in 1610, The Globe Inn, Dumfries has long been associated with Scotland’s national poet. In 1796, Burns wrote: “… the Globe Tavern here, which these many years has been my Howff …”, and in 1819, the first of what was to become the annual tradition of Burns Suppers was held here at The Globe Inn in Dumfries, south-west Scotland.

Batchelors’ Club – In this 17th-century house in Tarbolton, Ayrshire, Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, learned to dance, founded a debating club and became a Freemason. The Batchelors’ Club is cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.

Robert Burns World Federation – promoting and celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns and Scotland’s heritage, language and culture.

Video from HRH Duke of Rothesay to the Robert Burns World Federation Ltd on the occasion of their Burns Supper on 23rd January 2021.

Burns Clubs in Scotland

Alamo Burns Club – Paisley

Alexandria Burns Club – Founded 1884.

Bridgeton Burns Club – Founded in 1870.

Dalry Burns Club – the longest, continuous record of anniversary dinners in the world.

Dumbarton Burns Club – “On the evening of 25th January 1859 a party of 26 admirers of our national bard sat down to dinner in the Elephant Hotel, High Street, Dumbarton : and so began Dumbarton Burns Club.”

The Burns Howff Club – formed in the Globe Inn, Dumfries, south-west Scotland in 1889, and meets on the 25th January each year to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns in 1759 with a “Burns Supper”. 

Greenock Burns Club – Instituted in 1801, it is the oldest Burns Club in the world and is known as “The Mother Club” – Greenock Burns Club on Facebook

Irvine Burns Club – The club has an unbroken history dating back to its formation on 2nd June 1826. Of the twelve founding members of the club five were known to Robert Burns, two of whom were close friends of the poet.

Paisley Burns Club – Founded on 29th January 1805.

Perth Burns Club – instituted on 8th February 1873.

Burns Clubs in Canada and the USA

Robert Burns Association of North America – RBANA is an association dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of the life, works and philosophy of Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard.

Calgary Burns Club – fosters an interest in Scottish literature, art and music by sharing its talents with the community and through support of events involving Scottish cultural activities.

Halifax Burns Club – “Our organization is based on the Tarbolton Bachelors’ Club founded by Burns. Like the original club, we seek to be “a diversion for the weary man worn down by necessary labours of life””

Medicine Hat Burns Club – Established in 2008

Robert Burns Society of the Midlands – Columbia, South Carolina

Robert Burns Information

Robert Burns – Family History

Robert Burns – by The BBC

Robert Burns – by the Gazetteer for Scotland

Robert Burns – by The National Library of Scotland

Robert Burns Speakers

Jim Mein – Burns Supper Speaker and Chairman

Libraries in Scotland