I've just returned from the most marvelous anniversary dinner at the Royal Burgess Golf Club, the annual commemorative supper of the Edinburgh Burns Club, which I have the tremendous honour to serve as Secretary. This evening's supper was extremely well attended, and scant wonder: what a sterling cast we enjoyed.

With the inimitable Professor David W Purdie in the chair, Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs at Holyrood proposed an excellent Immortal Memory, which was both personal and passionate. The club president, Ian Chisolm proposed the Toast to the city of Edinburgh, to which the Rt Hon and Rev Dr George Grubb, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh replied. The Rev Scott McKenna, minister at Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church proposed the Toast to the Lassies, the reply to which was given by Lady Joyce Caplan. Songs were performed by Douglas and Moira Burke, accompanied by Professor Walter Nimmo. For my own part, I addressed the haggis, and regaled the company with "On the Late Captain Francis Grose's Peregrinations through Scotland" and "Tam o' Shanter".

My night was made yet more complete by the excellent company of Bill Hill, Marion Miller, Jim Robb and Duncan Hall, amongst many others.