Above:  Burns in Edinburgh, READING HIS POEM "A WINTER NIGHT" AT THE DUCHESS OF GORDON'S, 1887 by Charles M Hardie, A.R.S.A. (1858-1916)

Poems

Many of Robert Burns poems and songs have been further immortalized into Scottish Country Dances.  See if your favorite poem is among these.  And while you're perusing the repertoire, why not hear some poetry from the man himself.  

Selected Dances

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Ae Fond Kiss

Ae Fond Kiss

Kissing Day

The final letter that Robert Burns wrote to Nancy McLehose, with whom he had a brief affair, contained the famous song, Ae Fond Kiss. The poet penned it on December 27 1791, when MeLehose was about to depart for Jamaica to attempt a reconciliation with her husband, James. he song expresses Burns’s despair at the end of their relationship. They had first met four years earlier in Edinburgh when Burns was unmarried. The couple exchanged a series of love letters using the pseudonyms Sylvander and Clarinda. Written by Burns in Dumfries, the letter, now held by the National Library of Scotland, informs Nancy that he is sending her some recently composed songs.

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne

Hogmanay

Farewell to the old year with hopes for the new. Happy New Year to all from Scottish Country Dance of the Day!

 Robert Burns Poems & Songs Dances Index

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Dance
Type
Couples
Devisor
Source
Link Note
A Man's a Man for a' That
Strathspey
3C/4C
Drewry
Silver City
Coming Soon
A Man's a Man for a' That
Strathspey
3C/4C
Wilson
RSCDS XXX
A Rosebud by My Early Walk
Jig
4C
Drewry
Coming Soon
Ae Fond Kiss
Reel
6C
Stoddard
Pinewoods 3
Coming Soon
Auld Lang Syne
Strathspey
3C/4C
Wilson
RSCDS XXVII
Auld Lang Syne
Jig
2RR
Boehner
Cameo 20
Coming Soon
Awa', Whigs, Awa'
Reel
3C/4C
Foss
Song Tunes
Ca' the Ewes tae the Knowes
Strathspey
2C/4C
Wilson
RSCDS XVI
Clarinda
Strathspey
4C
Lyon
White Rock 55 Anniversary
Coming Soon
Cock up your Beaver
Jig
3C/4C
Mitchell
Whetherly 12
Coming Soon
Craigieburn Wood
Jig
3C/4C
Mitchell
Whetherly 16
Coming Soon
Dainty Davie
Strathspey
3C/4C
Walsh
RSCDS XI
Deuks Dang Ower my Daddie
Jig
2C/4C
Rutherford
RSCDS XIX
Duncan Davidson
Strathspey
4C
Mitchell
Whetherly 16
Coming Soon
Duncan Gray
Reel
3C/4C
Drewry
Rondel
Coming Soon
Farewell the Bonnie Banks of Ayr
Reel
3C/4C
Skelton
Pink Book
Coming Soon
Fete Champetre
Jig
3C/4C
Thompson
Whetherly 24
Green Grow the Rashes
Strathspey
3C/4C
Johnson
RSCDS XII
Gude Ale Keeps the Heart Aboon
Reel
3C/4C
Fuell
Flying Ghillies 3
Halloween
Jig
3C/4C
Mitchell
Whetherly 17
Here's a Health to Him That's Awa
Jig
3C/4C
Murray
Here's Health
Coming Soon
Here's to the Health
Reel
4C
Mitchell
Whetherly 17
Coming Soon
Highland Mary
Jig
3C/4C
Hamilton
Let's All Dance 2
Jean Armour's Reel
Reel
3C/4C
Johnstone
Three Scottish Country Dances
Coming Soon
John Barleycorn
Jig
3C/4C
Bond
Second Sheaf
Coming Soon
Kenmure's on and awa'
Jig
2C/4C
null
RSCDS IV
Lassi Wi' The Lint-White Locks
Strathspey
2C/4C
Priddey
Sutton Coldfield
Coming Soon
Linkumdoddie
Reel
5C
Drewry
Rondel Bk
Logan Braes
Strathspey
3C/4C
Bond
Second Sheaf
Coming Soon
Mally's Meek, Mally's Sweet
Strathspey
3C/4C
Fuell
Flying Ghillies 3
Mary Morison
Strathspey
3C/4C
Drewry
Brodie
My Heart's in the Highlands
Strathspey
2C/4C
Fuell
Flying Ghillies 3
Coming Soon
My Jo
Strathspey
2C/4C
Goldring
15 soc
My Love she's but a Lassie yet
Reel
2C/4C
RSCDS IX
Coming Soon
My Love she's but a Lassie yet
Hornpipe
Goodloe
Step Dance Book 2
Coming Soon
My Love she's but a Lassie yet
Reel
2C
RSCDS 101
Coming Soon
My Tocher's The Jewel
Jig
3C/4C
Ross
Song Tunes
My Wife's A Winsome Wee Thing
Jig
3C/4C
Moretti
Pinewoods 2
Coming Soon
No Churchman Am I
Jig
3C/4C
Mitchell
Whetherly 19
Coming Soon
O for Ane & Twenty
Jig
3C
Coming Soon
Oh, Whistle and I'll Come Tae Ye, My Lad
Jig
3C/4C
RSCDS XXIV
Coming Soon
Polly Stewart
Reel
3C/4C
Mitchell
Whetherly 12
Coming Soon
Pretty Peggy
Reel
3C/4C
Mitchell
Whetherly 12
Coming Soon
Pretty Peggy
Reel
2C/4C
Bell
Ness House 1
Rantin' Rovin' Robin
Strathspey
3C/4C
Drewry
Spring 88
She's Fair And Fause
Jig
2C/4C
Foss
Rose Collection
Coming Soon
Soldier's Return
Reel
3C/4C
Skelton
Celeb
Coming Soon
Tam Samson's Elegy
Strathspey
4C
Karwelis
Pleasure Company
Coming Soon
Tam o' Shanter
Jig
2RR
Keppie
Burns' Night
Tam o' Shanter
Reel
3C/4C
Barnes
Let's All Dance 2
Coming Soon
Tam o' Shanter
Reel
3C/4C
Priddey
Tam O'Shanter
Tam o' Shanter
Jig
4C
Coming Soon
The Banks O'Doon
Strathspey
4C
Currie
The Banks of the devon
Jig
3C/4C
Foss
Coming Soon
The Birks of Abergeldie
Reel
3C/4C
RSCDS IX
The Braw Wooer
Jig
3C/4C
Drewry
Rondel
The De'il's Awa' Wi' The Exciseman
Jig
4C
Mitchell
Whetherly 1
The Fete Champetre
Jig
4C
Priddey
Golden Oriole
Coming Soon
The Mauchline Lady
Reel
3C/4C
Wolf
Rowan Tree
The Red Red Rose
Strathspey
3C/4C
Drewry
Silver City
The White Cockade
Reel
3C/4C
Preston
RSCDS 5
To A Mouse
Reel
3C/4C
Boehmer
Cameo 14
Coming Soon
Up in the Morning Early
Jig
3C/4C
Young
18 Century
Coming Soon
Wandering Willie
Jig
2C/4C
Attwood
Alexander 7
Coming Soon
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