A unique gift for Burns lovers: Streaming from Burns Cottage on January 25th

The first recorded Burns Supper was held in Burns Cottage in 1801 and continued to be held there until 1809 before relocating to a bigger venue, the Kings Arms Hotel in Ayr. In 2016 we brought the Supper back to the Cottage.

The names of the nine gentlemen who attended in 1801 will appear on our programme along with the names of all performers and guests. A copy of the programme will be placed in the Museum archives to become part of the history of Burns Cottage. This will include the names of everyone linking into the streaming. 

Register for this unique worldwide event and you will:

  • Hear the bagpipes as never before from soloist Pipe sergeant Alasdair Henderson.
  • See Alistair McCulloch at Tarbolton Bachelors Club playing the fiddle that Robert Burns danced to in that room.
  • Hear a direct descendant of the Jean Armour line speak in the Cottage of our Bard’s birth.
  • See some prime exhibits from the Birthplace Museum’s massive collection and listen to the Poetry, Prose and Songs of Robert Burns.
  • Enjoy watching scenes of the 15th century Auld Brig of Doon; Burns Monument which opened in 1823; the Birthplace Museum and the Auld Kirk Alloway from 1516 where Robert Burns laid his father to rest. Of course the Kirk also features in the tale of Tam O Shanter that will be recited by Hugh Farrell.
  • We will have Robert Burns Alpha to Omega. Hear the poetry and prose from dedicated Burnsians. 
  • Listen to Chairman William Dick, much sought after Burns speaker and past president of New Cumnock Burns Club, the biggest in Ayrshire. William is very active and is a lynchpin of monthly performance evenings at Tarbolton Bachelors Club and of Tarbolton Debating Society.
  • Listen to Poems recited by Samantha Jane Galloway Brown of Tarbolton where Robert Burns lived for seven eventful years. Samantha is a Burns devotee who is in great demand for her wonderful interpretation of the poems of Robert Burns.
  • Listen to the Ode to Robert Burns by Bill Boyd. The Ode follows a tradition set at the first reported Burns Supper that was held in Burns Cottage in 1801. Bill is a volunteer guide at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. A former English teacher and literacy consultant, he is also a regular performer at Burns Suppers and an after-dinner speaker. He is an enthusiastic champion of Scottish life, literature and culture, as well as an outdoor enthusiast. He has a link to the poet in his ancestry through the Reverend Doctor William Dalrymple.
  • Enjoy the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns by Hugh Farrell, volunteer guide at Cottage and Birthplace Museum, Chairman of Friends of Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, past president of 4 Burns Clubs, past secretary of a 5th and laureate of a 6th. A much sought after speaker.
  • Listen to the songs of Burns being sung as they should be by Ciaran McGhee.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Jean MacMillan-Forsterhas and WoodnWire will not be able to perform as originally scheduled.

All donations will go towards supporting the National Trust for Scotland at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Burns Cottage.

To all donors to the Virtual Burns supper: If you don’t receive an acknowledgement from us within the next few days please forward your email address to hughcfarrell@gmail.com

Burns Cottage was built by the poet’s father William in 1757. Today it is the  most recognisable thatched roof in Scotland.

The Friends of Robert Burns Birthplace Museum aim to support the museum and its staff in every way possible, principally by fundraising for projects.  So far this year, they have donated £17,500 for the Burns Cottage renovations currently underway.

Donation Burns cottage cheque 2019 Jan-1Mb

There’s lots going on with Friends of RBBM. Last year we achieved our first mission: To raise money to support the refurbishment and development of the fabulous Burns Monument, when we handed over a cheque for £30,000 to the Burns Monument Fund.

Donation monument 1-467Kb

We will now use our funds to support a range of important developments for this very special National Trust for Scotland property.

We raise money by running a Garden Shop in the old ticket kiosk in the beautiful Monument Gardens. With over 60 volunteers working alongside the excellent staff at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, we have a growing programme of events during the year, in which great fun is had by all – including our visitors as well of course!

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If you would like to donate to our charity and support the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, you can do so at Virgin Money Giving using the link below:

Virgin Money Giving

2 thoughts on “Home

  1. I would like to buy a ticket for the virtual burns supper. Please can you give me Information how to do so.
    Thank you

    Maureen McFarlane


    1. Good evening,

      On the Home page, at the end of the description of the event, there is a ‘Register Here’ Button. Click on it and this will take you to a new window with the instructions of how to buy your ticket.

      I hope this helps. If you have further questions please contact Hugh Farrell at hughcfarrell@gmail.com.

      Many thanks for your interest in this event.


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