Address to a Haggis
Address to a Haggis

Most people have heard of Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, born in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland, on 25th January 1759. Sadly, Burns did not live a long life, dying in Dumfries on 21st July 1796 at the age of only 37 years; however, he left a lasting legacy of his poems and songs for the world to enjoy. Perhaps his best known song is Auld Lang Syne, which is sung at New Year in every quarter of the globe.

At this time of year many organizations celebrate the life of Robert Burns by holding Burns’ Suppers. Several have been held in Lodges in Kent and W Bro. Archie Torrance, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, who hails from Ayrshire himself, has been invited to deliver the Address to a Haggis at some of these.

W Bro. Torrance said: “This is a wonderful time of year for all those who are fond of the work of Robert Burns, especially those from Ayrshire! I am delighted to be able to play a small part in Burns’ Suppers in and around Kent when invited to do so and the Address to a Haggis is one of my party pieces. It seems that audiences particularly like the part that goes:"

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin’, rich!

W Bro. Torrance has announced that any charitable donations made to him this year, by way of a thank you for his services at these engagements, will be donated to the Kent Mark 2020 Festival Appeal in favour of the Mark Benevolent Fund.

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