Robert Burns World Federation

Robert Burns portraitThe main objectives of The Robert Burns World Federation Limited are to advance the education of the public, without the distinction of sex, political or religious opinions, about the life, poetry and works of Robert Burns and in furtherance thereof:

(i)     To encourage and arrange competitions among the general public, students and/or school children.

(ii)    To stimulate the development, teaching and study of Scottish literature, art, music and language.

(iii)   To conserve buildings and places associated with Robert Burns and his contemporaries.

(iv)  To strengthen the bond of fellowship amongst members of Burns Clubs and kindred societies throughout the world by encouraging Burns Clubs and kindred societies to honour the memory of Robert Burns and his works.

History - founded in 1885

A chance remark in a London park over a hundred years ago led to the formation of a body which today ranks as the oldest national literary association in Scotland.  That the idea of forming a Federation of Burns Clubs should have first been expressed somewhere south of Scotland is significant in itself for, from the very outset, the body which has become the official Burns movement has been no narrow national organisation, but one embracing the whole world.


The Robert Burns World Federation Ltd is a Company Limited by Guarantee (registered charity no SC029099).

The Board consists of 3 Office Bearers - President, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President - together with the Immediate Past President, Convenors of the various Committees which assist the Federation (namely Conference, Heritage, Literature, Marketing and Schools) plus our Archivist.  There are also Directors in Canada, U.S.A. and the Pacific Rim.

The Burns ChronicleBurns Chronicle 2014

The Burns Chronicle, which is published by the Federation, is one of the oldest continuing literary publications in Scotland.  It carries articles associated with the works of Burns and also information on activities taking place in the various Associations, Clubs and Schools.  Distributed to all Club Secretaries, Individual & Family members, Schools and Corporate members, Patrons and Sponsors, this is also used as an authoritative source of academic information via many libraries at home and abroad.

Robert Burns Clubs

The Robert Burns World Federation has over 250 member Clubs worldwide.

Click here to download the RBWF Memorandum & Articles


Head Office.  The Robert Burns World Federation Ltd

Dower House, Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA3 1XB