Burns Supper 2021

A Tale of a Burns Supper

The first recorded Burns Supper was held at Burns Cottage in 1801 and our Supper follows the format of that event which continued to be held at the Cottage until 1809.

The Burns Supper was reintroduced at the Cottage on 25 January 2016 after a gap of 207 years. We, the Friends of RBBM, resolved to continue holding the event on that special date every year, supported by the National Trust for Scotland and we had no intention of having a gap year. 

Last year, due to COVID restrictions, we were forced to go “Virtual” and rather than seeing this as a setback I saw it as an opportunity to reach out to a larger audience as we were restricted to having a maximum of only 24 guests in the Cottage. We sent out over 180 links to the event with viewers from as far away as Tasmania in the east to Hawaii in the west.

The event was a resounding success with glowing comments coming from around the world. I thank all the performers, the film crew, NTS staff who assisted, NTS USA Foundation, our own Facebook editors and the Gaeity Theatre.

Hugh Farrell

Here are some wonderful pictures from this historic event