Robert Burns and Burns Suppers

Robert Burns and Burns Suppers

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Robert Burns in Highland Perthshire - Kenmore, Aberfeldy to Dunkeld, Killiecrankie and Blair Atholl.

Robert Burns in PerthshireIn August 1787, Robert Burns left Stirling and travelled to Highland Perthshire, visiting Taymouth Castle (at Kenmore), he then composed 'The Birks of Aberfeldy' while standing under the falls of Moness, Abefeldy. At Dunkeld he saw the ruined cathedral and Dunkeld House. At Killiecrankie Robert Burns composed the popular and memorable song, 'The Braes of Killiecrankie', at Blair Atholl, he was received in Blair Castle by the Duke and Duchess of Atholl.
Highland-Perthshire-Burns-Supper Guide

Burns suppers in Highland Perthshire

A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, (25 January 1759 - 21 July 1796) Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, celebrated worldwide.
You-Tube-LogoA short clip of a local Highland Perthshire Burns Supper (4mins 20 secs).
Burns suppers in Highland Perthshire (check the events page in December and Jaunaury for details) are normally held on or near the Robert Burns's birthday, 25 January, also known as Burns Night.burns-supper-piping-in-the-haggis.jpg Each year there are a variety of Burns Suppers organized many are open the public and welcome visitors. They can be formal or informal, so before going it is a good idea to ask the format and choose one you are comfortable with, having said this your role as a visitor, will be to enjoy the night's entertainment, food and drink.
A typically Highland Perthshire Burns suppers includes haggis, neeps (neep is short for turnip) and tatties (potatoes), dersert (often trifle), Scotch whisky, and the recitation of Burns's poetry. The dress or clothes you need to wear again depends on the type of Burns Supper you are attending, the many informal events, people will turn up in casual wear, with a bit of tartan in some cases.
Every Burns Supper has its own special form and flavour, though there are more similarities than differences with small differences catering for individual tastes and talents. Some may contribute the composition of original songs or poems; some may excel at giving toasts or reciting verse; while others may be captivating storytellers.
Burns Suppers
The first suppers were held in memory of Rabert Burns by his friends on 21 July, the anniversary of his death. burns-supper-tam-o-shanter This then changed to be held on what was thought was his birthday, 29 January 1802, but in 1803 they discovered in Ayr parish records that his date of birth was 25 January 1759. Since then, suppers have been held on 25 January.
Burns Supper format can vary but usually includes:-
  • Piping in the guests - A big-time Burns Night calls for a piper to welcome guests.
  • Chairman's welcome - warmly welcomes and introduces the assembled guests and the evening's entertainment.
  • Piping in the haggis - Guests should normally stand to welcome the dinner's star attraction, the haggis. During the procession, guests clap in time to the music until the Haggis reaches its destination at the table. The music stops and everyone is seated in anticipation of the address 'To a Haggis'.
  • Address to the haggis - The rendition of 'To a Haggis' written by Robert Burns. The recital ends with the reader raising the haggis in triumph during the final line 'Gie her a haggis!', which the guests greet with rapturous applause.
  • Toast to the haggis - Prompted by the speaker, the audience now joins in the toast to the haggis. Raise a glass and shout: The haggis! Then it's time to serve the meal.
  • The meal - Haggis, neeps & tatties (Haggis wi' bashit neeps an' champit tatties) followed by a desert.
  • After the meal, the first entertainment often it will be a singer or musician performing Burns songs alternatively it could be a moving recital of a Burns poem.
  • The immortal memory - The life of Robert Burns: his literary genius, his politics, his highs and lows, his human frailty, painting a colourful picture of Scotland's beloved Bard.
  • Toast to the Lassies - The humorous highlight of any Burns Night comes in this toast, which is designed to praise the role of women in the world today. Particular reference to those present makes for a more meaningful toast. The toast concludes: To the Lassies!
  • Reply to the Toast to the Lassies - Revenge for the women present as they get their chance to reply often poking fun at the menfolk and men in general.
perthshire-haggisFollowed by more Burns songs and poems with many excellent performers in Highland Perthshire.
To attend a Highland Perthshire Burns Supper - check out the What's On section of this web site in December and early January, as this is when the details of the various suppers start appearing.
Local Highland Perthshire Haggis can be ordered and delivered anywhwere in the UK within 2 days.


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