"The Haggis Feast," Alexander Fraser (1786-1860) 

 

This painting  depicts the poet Robert Burns with his wife and four of their children gathered around a table upon which a Haggis is prominently placed.

 

With the Burns family at the table are their friends Douglas Graham seated opposite, Gavin Hamilton, owner of Mossgeil Farm, seated on the right and Mr & Mrs Cunningham.

The Haggis

The haggis has been piped in and presented.  

"O what a glorious site, Warm-reekin, rich!"  

After you've admired it a bit and had your fill,  select from one of the many Scottish Country Dances honoring its place in the evening.  

Also, there are a few hidden haggis on this page.  Can you find ALL FOUR OF them?  Move your cursor over the one below for a peek at the real animal.  Then hunt for more like it.

Click on the PORTRAIT BELOW TO HEAR THE FAMOUS ADDRESS WHILE YOU HUNT!

AND FOR MORE OF THE VERY RARE ART DEVOTED TO THE HUMBLE HAGGIS, VISIT OUR COMPANION SITE FOR THE ONE AND ONLY 

HAGGIS ART MUSEUM!

Selected Dances

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The Haggis Thrash

The Haggis Thrash

Burns Night

Suet, spices, onions, oatmeal and a sheep's pluck - heart, liver and lights - boiled in a sheep's stomach, the haggis is a dish whose origins have been hotly disputed by food historians over the last decade. Regardless, this humble food is distinctly and de facto Scottish, no less for the regional ingredients than for the general reverence and good humour associated with this humblest of peasant foods. Similar but less celebrated variations include the Pölsa (Sweden), Hakkemat (Norway), Niania (Russia), and Chireta (Aragon).

Haggis Hunters

Haggis Hunters

Haggis Hunting Season

It's Open Season for all Haggis Hunters! Whether you are an old hand at trapping this wily beast or this is your first attempt, remember that you have until Burns Night, January 25th to bag your haggis. Also note that although it is legal to catch and eat most types of haggis including the Hebridean Haggis and the Lewis Haggis, the "Shaggy Lowlands Haggis" and the "Urban Striped Haggis" are protected by law. If your sympathies lie with the poor beasties or if your diet requires a meatless option, there are now vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options for a mock-haggis! Also, for Californians, a recent law was passed now making it legal to eat road-kill haggis. What's your fancy?

Chieftain of the Pudding Race Index of Dances

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The majority of dance descriptions referenced on this site have been taken from the

 

Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary or the

Scottish Country Dancing Database 

 

Snapshots of dance descriptions are provided as an overview only.  As updates may have occurred, please click the dance description to be forwarded to a printable dance description or one of the official reference sources.

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