Born in the USA
has been announced that Professor McCrone of Glasgow University has been
awarded a £1 Million budget to study "What makes people Scottish?" (Hmmm!!!)
Taking this interesting if not unusual concept, (and without the big budget!)
the World Burns Club are interested in learning more about the influence
of Robert Burns around the world, and would welcome comment and debate
within the Discussion
It is recognised that Burns
has achieved incredible fame throughout the world, and is celebrated as
a national symbol for Scotland. But what made this modern day celebration
achieve its popularity in counties such as Australia, USA, Canada, Russia
etc ? Our views on this are briefly discussed in the article
"A Beginners Guide to Burns" found in the archive section, but we
would like to widen the debate.
have posted an article dealing with Robert Burns views on the American
War. See the artcile by Dr Jim Mackay within the Archive)
Sitting here in Scotland, in the heart of "Burns Country", we have been
brought up in a culture, which inwardly identifies with "Robert Burns
the Scot". Our education system focuses on his writings and on the historic
facts....but not to any extent on his influences abroad. Who better to
answer the question " Why is Burns celebrated abroad?", than those of
you living in other countries. After all, it could be argued that there
are more people abroad who have participated in celebrating Robert Burns,
there are more Scots and descendants of Scots living abroad, and there
are more "Burns Clubs" abroad, than here in Scotland itself! (Surely testimony
to the genius of Burns and our pride in Scotland and Scottish Heritage)
your interest in Robert Burns past down from your parents or grandparents?
you an ex-patriate Scot living abroad, and clinging proudly to your
you have no ancestral links with Scotland, and like many others, simply
find his work to be remarkable?
you merely fascinated by his incredible life story?
does Robert Burns mean to you?
role does Robert Burns play in your Caledonian Society, St. Andrews
Club or indeed Burns Club?
are your views on how Burns became famous in your Country?
Please feel free to post your views in our Discussion Forum or respond
to others who have made comment. If you feel more inclined, write an
article and you could win a World Burns Club Silver Quaich - for details
go to "Best Article"