Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.
Why January 25th you ask? Well it is the Bard’s birthday of course! Now these celebrations range from formal gatherings to informal ones, but what they all have in common is they adhere to the honoured form which includes eating a traditional Scottish meal, drinking traditional Scottish whiskey, and reciting some of the works of the loved poet.
Now a traditional supper includes haggis, tatties (potatoes), and neeps (turnips), which I know is not everyone’s cup of tea, but as a haggis lover, this is one meal and night I look forward to. Not just because of the meal but the sheer tradition that surrounds this night is definitely something not to miss.
The address to the haggis, or rather, address tae the haggis, is by far one of the coolest and loveliest things you can see and if you are lucky enough to see it live, you are in for an absolute treat! I have included a link so that any of our readers who would like to see what the address is all about can watch it on YouTube.
So whether you are Scottish by birth, or Scottish by heart, raise a glass of whiskey today to honour one of the greatest poets of our time!