I Tip my Hat to my Scottish Friends….


Sundown over the Isle of Arran,  West Coast of Scotland

For a great many of my Scottish friends, both in their home of Scotland or indeed now abiding on foreign shores…. tonight will be special…

It is of course Burns Night.

The annual celebration of the Scottish Poet Robert Burns, more affectionately known as ‘Rabbie Burns’.

Robert Burns had a short life.  Born this day in 1759, he died in July 1796.  A short  life of only 37 years, during which Burns proved to be a prolific poet and writer leaving a legacy of literature still admire , studied and respected today over 226 years later.

Burns Suppers will be held not just In Scotland but across the world, where ever Scots have gathered.

There will be a Piper, the Haggis ceremonially presented to the diners and of course many a toast.

But before all the Selkirk Grace will be said….

Some hae meat an canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it;

But we hae meat, and we can eat,

And sae the Lord be thankit.

It is also possible that after two rather strange Covid years, Burns Night 2022 may well see the celebrations, let’s say… just a little bit more spirited….. so even more reason to…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

25th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

8 thoughts on “I Tip my Hat to my Scottish Friends….

    1. Well Susan, you are not alone. I have seen many calendars over my life and never yet seen a Robert Burns memorial day on any of them. I have always found it strange when one consider that there are Burns Societies in far flung countries right across the world . After Covid restrictions have been eased after two years, I would imagine that there were some very spirited Burns Night Suppers last night. here at home we celebrated with Haggis, taties and neeps….with a gravy that had a hint of the Malt. 🙂


  1. Interesting that you reminded us of Robert Burns day — another blogger I follow who lives in the city near us here in the USA just posted photos of a Robert Burns statue in the city. And I never knew that even existed there.

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    1. I was told once that there is/was Rabbie Burns Society in every capital city in the world. Hard to believe and the truth is that there are a great number….. and I suspect the base for ex Scots Pats clubs.


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