Each year a celebration takes place on the 25th January. It is a celebration of the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns also known as Rabbie Burns. Every celebration will be different with no set format to be had, it may be haggis, neeps and tatties around the dinner table with loved ones or perhaps a grand banquet with singing, poems and dancing. So perhaps when you raise your glass to toast Rabbie Burns you may ask where did it all begin and how did we end up sat around a table eating haggis paying tribute to this man?
Robert Burns was born on 25th January 1759 in Alloway. He was born in a cottage that his father built, now known as The Burns Cottage Museum. When he was seven he took up residence at Oliphant farm where he began manual labour. Burns did not attend school regularly and gained most of his education from his father. He was an avid reader and enjoyed the works of Alexander Pope, Henry Mackenzie and Laurence Sterne. He was 15 when he wrote his first song called Handsome Nell thought to be for Nellie Filpatrick whom he worked with on Oliphant farm during the Harvest of 1774.
By the age of 27 Robert Burns was famous in Scotland. Poems such as To a Louse, To a Mouse and The Cotter’s Saturday Night were published. He became known as the ploughman poet and is now regarded as a pioneer in the Romantic Movement. When Burns moved to Edinburgh he collaborated with James Johnson and had involvement in The Scots Musical Museum. He had sent a copy of the original song “Auld Lang Syne” to the Scots Musical Museum.
The Burns Supper tradition began 5 years after the anniversary of Robert burns death. In 1801 nine men who knew him met for dinner at Burns cottage in Alloway. They celebrated with a haggis as the centre attraction and they recited and sang some of his works and they toasted to their friend and his legacy. They had such a great time celebrating the life and works of Rabbie burns that they agreed to do the same the following year. The tradition spread throughout Scotland and then globally as Robert Burns Popularity increased following his death.
So what plans do you have to celebrate the life and works of the great Scottish poet?
Oscar’s Bar and grill are launching our Burns supper menu on the 23rd – 26th January. 3 courses for £15 p/p. Available all day!
Venison broth or lentil soup (v) served with sourdough bread
Macsweens haggis (veggie option available), neeps and tatties served with whisky sauce or Steak and ale pie served with seasonal vegetables and mash potatoes
White chocolate cheesecake served with tablet & raspberries macerated in malt whisky