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Burns Night

Robert Burns

Robert Burns, 'Rabbie Burns' the world famous Scottish poet, was born in Alloway, Ayrshire in 1759. He was born in a small cottage now known as Burns Cottage. His family were poor farmers. Burns was the eldest of seven children.

The Bard

From a very young age Burns had a huge appetite for reading and learning. This interest in literature, together with his experiences, made him a prolific poet. Not just in Scottish terms, but worldwide he was a genius.

He was well known locally as a seducer of women and had a great love of whisky. His passion for women and thirst for drinking play major parts in his poems. His inspiration is drawn from his background, environment and his Scottish heritage. At the age of 27 his first works 'The Kilmarnock Edition' were published. Some of his famous poems include Auld Lang Syne, Tam O'Shanter, and Red, Red, Rose. His works were written in Scottish dialect.

Burns Suppers

Every year on the 25th January, the anniversary of his birth, the life and works of Robert Burns are celebrated with a supper by hundreds of Burns Clubs scattered around the globe. The haggis is piped in and addressed along with the ladies and the whisky. Burns' famous poem 'To a Haggis' is recited. Speeches are made with toasts to the lasses. The evening continues with poems and songs.

At the end of the evening the gathering stands, links hands and sing 'Auld Lang Syne'.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

Robert Burns epitomises everything that is Scottish. He is symbolic of Scottish culture and thanks to him the rest of the world is able to have an insight into Scotland and its heritage through Burns' invaluable work.

Gift Selection

If you are planning a Burns Supper event we have a range of Scottish Thistle items which make ideal gifts for your guests including the items featured below. For quantity orders, please contact beverley@celticglassdesigns.co.uk

All items can be gift wrapped and sent with a personal message at no extra cost.

Hanging Heart Plaque in Bonnie Scotland design

Special Offers

Scottish themed Wooden Heart Hanging Hearts from Adornment by Gilli Reeves (shown left) make an ideal Burns gift for celebrating Burns Night.

The spectacles case in Plaid design (shown right) is also on special offer and would make a great Burns Night present.

Spectacles Case in Plaid Design

For you to celebrate Burns Supper in style and toast the great Scottish Bard, why not choose from our range of Scottish Thistle glassware.

Scottish Thistle goblet Water set in Scottish Thistle design Scottish Thistle tumbler Dram glass or shot glass in Scottish Thistle design

Our Scottish themed tea towels make an ideal gift for a Burns event. A high quality product available in beautiful designs.

Tea Towel in Highland Stag design Tea Towel in Highland Cow Design Tea Towel in Flower of Scotland Design

This Burns Night dress your table with the red and green Argyll design which is derived from Scottish Tartan and is available in bread basket, placemats, table napkins, table runners and table cloths. The range is ideal for those special celebrations and occasions.

Bread Basket in Argyll design Pair of Table Napkins in Argyll design Pair of Place Mats in Argyll design Large Table Runner in Argyll design

View our range of Scottish Thistle and Glencoe Thistle items, some of which are featured below.

Large Doily in Glencoe Thistle Design Jewellery Roll in Glencoe Thistle Design Pair of Table Napkins in Glencoe Thistle Design Pair of Small Doilies in Glencoe Thistle Design
Bookmark in Scottish Thistle design Pill box in Scottish Thistle design Pen in Scottish Thistle design Paperweight in Scottish Thistle design

The Scottish Thistle Bute design is a contemporary Thistle design in blues and purples. A popular addition to our Scottish Thistle range, available in pill box purse, spectacles cover and table runners.

Runner in Bute design Spectacles Case in Bute design Pill Box Purse in Bute design

The Balmoral Thistle design is one of our customer's favourite Scottish Thistle designs. The beautifully embroidered items include table runners, doilies, jewellery rolls, jewellery purses, pill box purses, pocket tissue covers and spectacles cases. All make lovely gifts for the Burns Night celebrations.

Table Napkins in Balmoral Thistle design Green table runner in Balmoral Thistle design Jewellery Roll in Balmoral Thistle design Pill Box Purse in Balmoral Thistle design
Harris Tweed iPad and Kindle Sleeves by Bertie Girl individually hand crafted and skillfully sewn to a high standard. Produced in the Highlands of Scotland with Harris Tweed woven in the Outer Hebrides. Great gifts for your Burns Night event. Kindle Sleeve in Purple

Winged Heart design and create handpainted stained glass gifts in the Scottish borders. They are the leading company in the UK for handpainted stained glass gifts. Their range of designs are available in paperweights, mirrors, static window clings, window roundels and panels. The Scottish Thistle window roundel, Scottish Flowers static window cling and Scottish Thistles and Flowers paperweight are shown below.

Window Roundel in Scottish Thistle design Static Window Cling in Scottish Flowers design  Paperweight in Scottish Thistle and Flowers design
Table runner and table mat in Plaid design Ideal for Burns Supper celebrations is the red and green Plaid design which is derived from Scottish Tartan. The range is beautifully made and available as placemats. The range can be matched with the Hem Stitch table cloth and is ideal for those special occasions. Table mat in Plaid design
Table Cloth in Highland Plaid design Introducing the Highland Plaid design in green and purple. Available in various sizes of table cloth. This range can also be matched with the Hem Stitch table cloth. Table cloth in Highland Plaid design

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