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Burns Night

Across Scotland the 25th January is known as Burns Night, an annual tradition celerating the life and works of the poet Robert Burns.

Celebrating the Works of Robert Burns

What is Burns Night?

Burns Night is an annual Scottish tradition that celebrates the life and works of the bard Robert Burns. The night is celebrated on or around 25th January the day Robert Burns was born.

Robert Burns is most famous for his literary works including poems and songs. Some of his most popular works include “A Red Red Rose” and “A Man’s a Man for A’ That” and is also attributed to song “Auld Lang Syne”.

A Red Red Rose

Robert Burns 1794

O my Luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June:
O my Luve's like the melodie,
That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!

Burns Night
Burns Night

How is Burns Night celebrated?

The night involves informal or formal suppers with a host of traditional Scottish food and drink such as haggis, mashed neeps & tatties (mashed turnips, swede and potatoes) and Scotch Whisky.

The host will begin by reading “Address to Haggis” written by Burns, other odes and poems are read throughout the night as desserts, cheeseboards and coffee is served. To end the evening guest will band together to sing “Auld Lang Syne”.

Many cafés and restaurants host Burns Night supper, if you’re hosting a supper and you’re looking for the best coffee to serve after the meal, we recommend Caffé Prima St James. This strong spicy full bodied dessert coffee is perfect as after dinner accompaniment.