Today is a celebration of the life and poetry of the famous poet Robert Burns, who was born on the 25th January 1759 and died on 21st July 1796. The first ever supper was held by a few of Burn’s friends in memoriam of him at Burns Cottage on 21st July 1801, which was the 5th anniversary of his death.
A Burns supper is a traditional celebratory meal consisting of
- Cock-a-Leekie, Scotch Broth or Cullen Skink Soup served with Bannocks.
- Main Course. Haggis with Neeps and Tatties, and a Whisky Sauce.
- Clootie Dumpling, Tipsy Laird, Cranachan, or a Scottish Cheeseboard with Homemade Oatcakes. Add in some extra Haggis with Haggis Bon Bons, all tippled down with a we dram of whiskey.
The celebration has since been a regular occurrence. Indeed, the Scottish Parliament consider the celebration of Burns Night each year to be a main cultural and heritage event. Burns was one of the greatest poets in history and his work has influenced many a great thinker across the world.