Robert Burns World Federation

Robert Burns portraitMission

  • The Mission of the Robert Burns World Federation is to promote, educate and celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns and Scotland’s heritage, language and culture.
  • We are a first place to come for insight into Robert Burns and Scottish culture.

The 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 is a Scottish Charity which raises funds to support its continued Mission (registered charity no SC029099).

The Robert Burns World Federation Ltd is also a Company Limited by Guarantee (Registered with Companies House Federation Number SC196895).

The Board consists of 3 Office Bearers - President, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President - together with the Immediate Past President, Convenors of various Thematic Committees which assist the Federation (eg. Conference, Heritage, Literature, Marketing and Education). We also appoint an Archivist and other thematic Directors.  There are International Directors from Canada, U.S.A. and the Pacific Rim.

The Burns Chronicle

The Burns Chronicle, which is published by Edinburgh University Press, is one of the oldest continuing literary publications in Scotland commencing in 1892.  It carries articles associated with the works of Burns.  Distributed to all affiliated Club Secretaries, Individual & Family members, Schools and Corporate members, Patrons and Sponsors. This document is recognised as an authoritative source of academic information via many libraries at home and internationally.

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

3A John Dickie Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA1 1HW

Contact : Admin

The Robert Burns World Federation Ltd is a Company Limited by Guarantee (Number SC196895). Scottish Charity ( no SC029099)