Join us for Burns Supper at Loch Avie

Today, Jan­u­ary 25th, we cel­e­brate the anniver­sary of the birth of Robert Burns, with two Burns Sup­pers at Cale­don Loch Avie, in the Duchess of Loch Avie’s won­der­ful con­ser­va­to­ry: one for Euro­pean audi­ences begin­ning at 12 noon SLT, and anoth­er at 7pm SLT.

Please come join us for Hag­gis, Tat­ties and Neeps and a wee dram of Uis­ge Beat­ha (our own Cale­don sin­gle malt). A Céilidh will fol­low with danc­ing till we get tired. A Com­mem­o­ra­tive Book of Robert Burns will be avail­able to vis­i­tors.

Music and audio for the pro­ceed­ings will be avail­able on the Radio Riel stream, and pro­vid­ed by Her Grace Gabrielle Riel in the first instance, and Edward, Lord Prim­broke in the lat­ter.

Robert Burns (25 Jan­u­ary 1759 – 21 July 1796) is wide­ly regard­ed as the nation­al poet of Scot­land, and is cel­e­brat­ed world­wide. He is the best-known of the poets who have writ­ten in the Scots lan­guage, although much of his writ­ing is also in Eng­lish and a ‘light’ Scots dialect, acces­si­ble to an audi­ence beyond Scot­land. He also wrote in stan­dard Eng­lish, and in these pieces, his polit­i­cal or civ­il com­men­tary is often at its most blunt.

He is regard­ed as a pio­neer of the Roman­tic move­ment and after his death became an impor­tant source of inspi­ra­tion to the founders of both lib­er­al­ism and social­ism. A cul­tur­al icon in Scot­land and among Scots who have relo­cat­ed to oth­er parts of the world (the Scot­tish Dias­po­ra), cel­e­bra­tion of his life and work became almost a nation­al charis­mat­ic cult dur­ing the 19th and 20th cen­turies, and his influ­ence has long been strong on Scot­tish lit­er­a­ture.

Burns Night, effec­tive­ly a sec­ond nation­al day, is cel­e­brat­ed on 25 Jan­u­ary with Burns Sup­pers around the world, and the for­mat has not changed since Robert’s death in 1796. The basic Sup­per starts with a gen­er­al wel­come and announce­ments fol­lowed by the Selkirk Grace. Imme­di­ate­ly after this comes the pip­ing-in of the Hag­gis, after which Burn­s’s famous address To A Hag­gis is read, and the hag­gis is cut open. The event usu­al­ly allows for peo­ple to start eat­ing just after the hag­gis is pre­sent­ed. This is when the read­ing called The Immor­tal Mem­o­ry, an overview of Robert’s life and work, is giv­en; the event usu­al­ly con­cludes with the singing of Auld Lang Syne. The progress of the Sup­per is gen­er­al­ly accom­pa­nied by poet­ry read­ings and music on the pipes and oth­er instru­ments, espe­cial­ly includ­ing ren­der­ings of works by The Bard of Ayr­shire.

Parts of the above were based on the Wikipedia entry on Rob­bie Burns. Vis­it the page for more infor­ma­tion.

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