The Burns Supper Companion
In 1801, some five years after Robert Burns death, nine of his friends sat down to dinner in what is now known as Burns Cottage in Alloway. They gathered to celebrate his extraordinary life and to gave thanks for his friendship. Over the years the informal theme from that evening has developed into the mystical ritual known as Burns Night. The traditional format of the evening is laid out in The Burns Supper Companion according to the Burns Federation and some of the oldest Burns clubs in existence. This fascinating insight into the traditions surrounding Burns Night includes a biography of Robert Burns, poems, songs and quotations, simple speeches and even a recipe for haggis.