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.
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.
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,
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
We twa hae run about the braes,
We twa hae paidl'd in the burn
And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
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.
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For you to celebrate Burns Supper in style and toast the great Scottish Bard, why not choose from our range of Scottish Thistle glassware.
Our Scottish themed tea towels make an ideal gift for a Burns event. A high quality product available in beautiful designs.
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.
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.
The Balmoral Thistle design is one of our customer's favourite Scottish Thistle designs. The beautifully embroidered items include table runners, doilies, bib and coaster sets, jewellery rolls, jewellery purses, pill box purses, pocket tissue covers, spectacles cases and towels. All make lovely gifts for the Burns Night celebrations.
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.
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