People all over the world will be celebrating the birth of Scotland’s most famous bard, Rabbie Burns on the 25th of January. Burns died in 1796 with the first supper held in his honour taking place on the 29th January 1802 because his supporters got his date of birth wrong – easily done in those days!

Burns certainly helped to put Scotland on the map, with his poetry and songs known and loved across the world. Many people believe that he is so popular because he used everyday life, language and themes across his work and small subjects to express big ideas. Burns has the third most statues, memorials and monuments of a non-religious figure across the world, only beaten by Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus!

Despite living a short life of only 37 years and penning hundreds of poems and songs, Burns also managed to father twelve children and dedicated hundreds of lines of verse to various women including his wife, Jean Armour.

You may also be surprised to learn that Michael Jackson was a huge Burns fan, he recorded an album with David Gest which set his poems to music. It’s also claimed that his hit single Thriller was inspired by Burns’ Tam O’Shanter poem.

If you are planning on celebrating the event in the traditional manner, Crieff Hydro are hosting a Burns supper which includes a piper, Scottish gin cocktail, Address to the Haggis and a 4 course meal with 3 whisky pairings. More details can be found here.

If you need a few finishing touches to your outfit or to dress your table for the occasion, House of Tartan has everything you could need, find out more here.

To celebrate the occasion at home with family and friends or even on your own you can buy tasty locally made haggis from both Gourlay’s and The Crieff Food Co. The Handy Shop is the place to go for your neeps and tatties and to complete the meal, how about a nip or two of our very own local single malt, a Glenturret? My favourite is the sherry cask edition, what’s yours?