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Beginners Guide

A series of features that give an easy introduction to Burns

The Beginners Guide


100 Burns Facts

Dr. James Mackay

Burns Facts 1 - 4
Burns Facts 5 -11
Burns Facts 12 -14
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Burns Facts 28 - 30
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The Hello! Rabbie sessions feature St Marks Primary at The Vennel Gallery in Irvine
  The Original Manuscripts
This original manuscript of "The Twa Dogs" is the first of only 6 surviving original manuscripts from the famous Kilmarnock Edition This is the actual manuscript Burns sent to the publisher.
The Twa Dogs
  Translations of the poems of Robert Burns By George Dryburgh

Even here in Scotland, many people who read Burns poetry, struggle to understand much of what was written in the old Scots dialect.
The Translations Index

Whit's A' That Aboot ?

The secret haggis Hunters reavealed


  Armani Burns an article from the Sunday times

The Myth and The Gentle Science

By Sam Gaw of Irvine Burns Club

  Rantin' Rovin' Robin
Colin Hunter McQueen is a modest and very private man whose knowledge and passion for Burns is undoubted. As an avid Burns fan and an artist of great versatility, Rantin' Rovin' Robin is the culmination of 3 years hard work.
  Dr James Mackay star featue on Ballad on the American War Vigorous and well-crafted, it was one of Burns's best compositions of the early period but it was too sensitive politically for inclusion in the Kilmarnock Edition.
In depth articles and analysis

The Lasies who
inspired Burns

By Jessie Pettigrew

An American Perspective

by Todd Wilkinson

Deutsch Tam
Tam O Shanter
in German

A Tribute to Highland Mary
By Frank Campbell

Rabbie without a cause

Letter to
Dr John Moore

Historicaly important letter

To A Bacterium

by Alex Kraaijeveld
Burns' influence on the American Civil War
By Joe Harkins (conference committee)

Burns' reaction to the Excise Laws

By regular contributor: Alex Kraaijeveld
Haggis of Private McPhee
By Robert William Service

A tributeto the Bard
By Frank Campbell

Canadian Past Times
from Jean Paton

The Irvine Burns Club year 2000
Immortal Memory

Robert Burns and the Classical Tradition, An Immortal Memory Arcadia and the Real World

Greenock Burns Club
Bicentenery celebrations

Burns Day
Major Burns Day Celebration Planned

Introduction to
Irvine Burns Club

Burns an American Perspective

By Todd Wilkinson

Testing Times
This years Scottish examination question
Burns In Dutch
A Dutch Introduction to Burns
By Dr M.J.M. De Hann

Wid ye credit it
Famous Burnsians

Poet on a Tightrope
By Sam Gaw
Past President of
The World Burns Federation

The Alternative
Tam O Shanter
Bonnie Jean :- An Exceptional Rose ?

Bit of Fun
Is it Rab, Rob Robbie
What's in a Name?

2008 The Robert Burns World Federation