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Reflections from the President of the Robert Burns World Federation

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President’s Blog – July

Burns is reported to have commented on “the kind hospitality and most agreeable little party” when he visited Covington Mains en route to Edinburgh in November 1786 and met with Archibald “Baldy” Prentice. My good friend David Smith rode shotgun for me on a beautiful summer’s Sunday for the Covington Mains ceremony. The welcome and […]

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President’s Blog – June

“Simmer’s a pleasant time” the Bard told us in the love song “Aye Waulkin’ O”.  The recent spell of incredible weather certainly lifts the spirits and has allowed Burns Clubs and Associations with various summer commemorative events to plan with some confidence. June started off for me with the Dumfries and Galloway Burns Association Annual […]

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President’s Blog – May

‘I’m gaun tae Mauchline Holy Fair To spend an hour in daffin Gin you’ll go there, you rankl’d pair We will get famous laughin’ At them this day’   Tae Mauchline Holy Fair I did go and spent a good part of it laughing with friends.  The Holy Fair is a colourful and spectacular occasion. […]

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President’s Blog – April

Moira and I have just returned from a trip to the USA.  Burns is weel kent and popular in this massive country.  Burns was a great admirer of George Washington for whom he wrote ‘An Ode For General Washington’s Birthday’.  Washington to Burns was the epitomy of liberty, strength and freedom for the individual. I […]

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President’s Blog – March

‘Again rejoicing Nature sees, Her robe aasume its virtual hues, Her leafy locks wave in the breeze, All freshly steep’d in morning dews.’   A few lines from ‘Composed in spring’, 1786. I resisted the temptation to add a few lines from ‘Ode to spring’ which appears in the Merry Muses. As I write the […]

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President’s Blog – February

  We end February with ‘winds baith snell and keen’.  As I write this month’s blog, we find the country in the midst of a weather front which has been described by the press as ‘the beast from the east’. Snow falls and lies in Kirkcudbright, something very unusual and very rare. I write to […]

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President’s Blog – January

There was a Lad was born in Kyle   The lad we know as Robert Burns was indeed born in Kyle and as the gossip or midwife astutely observed, ‘This waly boy will be nae coof’.  Celebration have gone on throughout January and will no doubt continue into February.  This time of year allows us […]

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RBWF President – Burns Day Message

Burns Day Message   So here we are again folks, over 250 years since Robert Burns’ birthday we are still celebrating his life.  All over the world in every hour of every day around this time, people will be celebrating the life of the ‘Lad wha was born in Kyle’.  Burns memory is enduring and […]

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President’s Blog – December 2017

‘The blude red rose at Yule may blaw, The simmer lilies bloom in snaw, The frost may freeze the deepest sea, But an’ auld man shall never daunton me. (To Daunton Me 1787)   There is very little reference to Yuletide or Christmas in Burns writings, not surprisingly given the stance of the Kirk post […]

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President’s Blog – November 2017

‘The wintry west extends his blast, And hail and rain does blaw, Or the stormy north sends driving forth The blinding sleet and snaw Wild-tumbling brown, the burn comes down, And roars frae bank tae brae; And bird and beast in covert rest, And pass their heartless day.   Winter; A Dirge reminds me of […]

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