“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.”
Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Ayrshire on the 25th January 1759. Every year on the 25th January or around that date the world celebrates the life and work of the most famous of all Scottish poets, Robert Burns. The Burns Supper is an institution of Scottish life, a night to celebrate the life and genius of the national Bard. Suppers can be everything from an informal gathering of friends to a huge, formal dinner full of pomp and circumstance. This running order covers all the key elements you need to plan and structure a Burns Supper that suits your intentions.
It is traditional to have a piper play at a burns night supper, a piper can play for the guests and welcome them on arrival.
When it is time to have your Burns supper, the meal commences with the Selkirk Grace. After the starter of your supper usually soup, it is time for the Haggis to be served. No Burns night is complete with out the Haggis, Which is piped into the dinning room by the piper who will lead the chef into the dinning room supporting the Haggis on a silver tray. Then the address to the Haggis!
This is a poem that an honoured guest or speaker reader will recite in a true Scottish tongue. Part way through he will take out his cleaned dirk or dagger and cut and slash into the Haggis, after this the Haggis is toasted. Prompted by the speaker, the guests will now be asked to stand and raise their glasses and shout “THE HAGGIS”. It is now time for the piper to play and lead the chef out of the dinning room with the Haggis to have it cut and served.
Burns Night suppers are one of my busiest evenings and I do recommend you booking early.
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Robert Burns A selection of poems and ballads composed by Robert Burns. These poems represent the Bard’s best-loved works and the ones most commonly recited on Burns Night. http://www.bbc.co.uk/robertburns/burnsnight/running_order.shtml