Calling All Scots!!

20 January 2017
Neil Bosdet

Robbie Burns Night!

What is Burns Night? Robbie Burns Night is celebrated annually in Scotland and around the world on January 25th. It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on this day in 1759. This day celebrates Burn’s contribution to the Scottish culture, including his best know work Auld Land Syne.

With this date just around the corner, let me highlight a few little known facts about the literary poet!

Pubs that celebrate Robbie Burns Night often have a haggis escorted into the building by a bagpiper. There are then some speeches and poetry readings, in honour of Robert Burns… but do you also know:

There are more statues dedicated to Robert Burns around the world than any other non-religious figure, after Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus.

Auld Lang Syne (written by Robert Burns), is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the top 3 most popular songs in the English language alongside ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘For he’s a Jolly Good Fellow’.

TV viewers in Scotland voted Robert Burns as ‘The Greatest Scot’ in 2009, ahead of William Wallace, Robert The Bruce, and Sir Alexander Fleming.

Looking to celebrate Burns Night? Perhaps you will enjoy your Haggis with mashed neeps and tatties, followed by a dessert of Cranachan or Tipsy Laird…and of course some wonderful Scottish Whiskey. Sláinte!!

Local establishments that are celebrating Robbie Burns Night are:

Victoria Caledonian Brewery


Irish Times

Bard and Banker