Born on 25th January 1759 in Ayrshire, Scotland, Robert (Rabbie) Burns was
the eldest of seven children born to William Burness, a struggling tenant
farmer. Although too poor to have much formal education, encouraged by his
father, Burns became widely read in English literature and even learned to read
French. Also, his mother introduced him to Scottish folk songs, legends, and
Over the years, burns wrote hundreds of songs and poems including Auld Lang Syne
which today is sung the world over at New Year. He died in Dumfries on
21st July 1796 at the age of 37.
Burns Night Suppers
Burns Suppers have been part of Scottish culture for around 200 years to
commemorate Scotland's best loved bard.
The practice was started by close friends of Burns as a tribute to his memory,
although originally they were held in July to mark the anniversary of his death.
Today the event is generally held on (or around) 25th January to mark his birth.
Burns Night Menu
Celebrate the life and times of Scottish Poet Robert Burns
with a Burns Supper on 25th January. Traditional recipes to serve would be
Broth to start
Neeps n Tatties
Raspberry Cranachan for
All washed down with the "water of
life" - good Scottish whiskey. Find more
recipes on this site.
Although there is a set format for a traditional Burns Supper, you can omit most
of the formalities or just kick it off by saying the traditional "Selkirk
Grace" before the meal begins:-
Some hae meat and canna eat;
And some wad eat that want it:
But we hae meat and we can eat
And sae the Lord be thankit.