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Today's Musings, History & Folklore

HAPPY BURNS NIGHT! Today is the actual birthday of Ploughman Poet, Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796)!

Burns Night parties are happening everywhere and even spilling over into the weeks ahead!

Enjoy a Virtual Burns Night in Scottish Country Dance form and move through a traditional evening with vintage images and Scottish Country Dances for every aspect! Or augment your own Burns Night by choosing a dance from our Burns Night selections. We've had the WELCOME dances, the HAGGIS dances, the SONGS & POEMS dances, the TRADITIONAL SUPPER & TOAST DANCES ... the BURNS TRIBUTE DANCES, and at the end of the night, the FAREWELL & AULD LANG SYNE DANCES!

Before the traditional close to the evening, the singing of Auld Lang Syne, you can do the namesake dance equivalent in jig, reel, or strathspey form with:

Auld Lang Syne,
Auld Acquaintance,
Here's a Hand, My Trusty Fiere,
Willie-Waught and more!

Select a farewell dance or just enjoy the montage of vintage Auld Lang Syne postcards and finish your virtual evening next to a (virtual) crackling fire with the classic strains of Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians' famous radio version of 1947.

"Adieu! a heart-warm fond adieu;
Dear brothers of the mystic tie!
Ye favoured, enlighten'd few,
Companions of my social joy;
Tho' I to foreign lands must hie,
Pursuing Fortune's slidd'ry ba';
With melting heart, and brimful eye,
I'll mind you still, tho' far awa."

~ To the Brethren of St. James’s Lodge, Tarbolton, 1786

We hope you enjoyed our virtual Burns Night!

Shown: The Inauguration of Robert Burns as Poet Laureate of the Lodge, William Stewart Watson (1800-1870)


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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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