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. 

Due to current restrictions we were forced to go “Virtual” this year and rather than seeing this as a setback I saw it as an opportunity to reach out to a larger audience as we are restricted to having a maximum of only 24 guests in the Cottage. This year 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.

Due to unforeseen circumstances we were unable to live stream from the Cottage and had to fall back on pre-recording at the Cottage and live streaming from the Gaeity Theatre in Ayr. All filming and streaming was undertaken by AMD Studios and I couldn’t thank them enough for their professionalism in every respect. 
We took the opportunity to highlight The Burns heritage at Alloway and at Tarbolton Bachelors Club. 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.

We also give grateful thanks to our audience for viewing and for their positive comments during and after the event.

Hugh Farrell

Here are some wonderful pictures from this historic event