Robert Burns’ night is a night when Scots celebrate the man who made Scotland famous. It’s the night when they celebrate his genius, his songs and his poetry. Robbie Burns or The Bard is the reason Scots all over the world gather for a night of revelry.

    It’s not hard to understand why he is so much loved and respected.  His work captured not only the history of the poor crofters but his writing also a real sense of the times in which he lived. His song Auld Lang Syne is sung on New Year’s Eve in ballrooms,  sitting rooms and in public squares in the four corners of the earth. In Scotland itself, of course, the feast is called Hogmanay and perhaps the singers there know more of the words than rest of the world. Robert Burns wrote, you see, not only in English but both in Scots and in a light Scots dialect.

    Although he was a poor farmer’s son Robert Burns was educated. His genius soon meant that he moved in high society. Nonetheless he was at home in every company and travelled for miles collecting old ballads and tunes which might otherwise have been lost.  He adapted some, played on the fiddle and wrote many compositions of his own. His poems are loved all over the world and there can be no other poet who wrote to a louse as well as to a mouse.

    Robert Burns was also known affectionately as The Bard. His reputation with the ladies meant he was not very popular in the Kirk. The lassies loved him however and he wrote songs to and about many of them. ” My luve is like a red red rose” is probably one of the most beautiful love songs in the world.  On January the 25th his birthday Burns night suppers are held wherever there is a gathering of Scots. In fact the Diaspora celebrate Burns’ birthday rather than the official National Day of Scotland, St. Andrew’s Day.

    These suppers include the saying of the Selkirk Grace and this is followed by a toast to the Haggis and cock a leekie soup is often served at the meal which follows.  A tribute to the immortal memory of the Bard is given by one of the guests followed by a toast to the lassies. All in all it is a night for fun and laughter and of course a drop of Scotch whisky.  Robbie Burns was sociable and loved a night of music and poetry and chat.  That’s probably why, even today, that’s just the way he is remembered and honoured.

    Niamh Crowe has written Robert Burns’ Night Speeches for 20 years. Her site has thousands of speeches for every event and occasion including maid of Honour Speeches, Birthdays, Inspirational Speeches, Burns Night Speeches, Groom Speech etc.

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