An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 24th January 2017, written by Susan Ratcliffe, editor of Oxford Essential Quotations.
"Only a few years after the death of Robert Burns in 1796, local enthusiasts began to hold celebrations on or about his birthday, on 25 January, called Burn’s Night. These have continued ever since, spreading from Scotland across the world. From the earliest occasions, a focal point of the Burns supper was, of course, the haggis:
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race!
Although its origins have been disputed, and even attributed to the Romans, haggis is the quintessential Scottish dish, and Burns is famous as the poet of Scotland, both of its history and of its landscape. Once heard, few can forget the triumphalism of “Robert Bruce‘s March to Bannockburn..."
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