Burns Celebration Procession, Alloway

Burns Celebration Procession, Alloway, Scotland

This afternoon, I attended a National Trust of Scotland (heritage organisation) Public Celebration Day of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum at Alloway, about 1 hour from Glasgow. Robert Burns (1759-1796) was born at Alloway and during his short life rose to prominence as a talented poet and subsequently become enshrined as Scotland’s national poet. Alloway has become a place of pilgrimage for Burns ‘fans’ with the key attractions comprising the birthplace cottage (now a museum) and a  modern museum nearby housing an important collection of Burns works.

Being mid-winter, the weather was cold and foggy, but fortunately dry.

Basically, the celebrations entailed a youth choir dressed in 18th century attire which gave renditions of two of Burns’ songs and in between led a procession the short distance between Burns Cottage (birthplace) and the new museum. Various dignitaries were also in attendance.

Here is the birthplace cottage which was built by Burns’ father with his own hands.

Burns Birthplace Museum

Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway

Rear view of birthplace cottage.

Robert Burns Birthplace, Alloway

Robert Burns Birthplace, Alloway, Scotland

Choir with cottage in background.

Choir at Burns Cottage, Alloway

Choir at Burns Cottage, Alloway, Scotland

Choir in procession to new Burns museum.

Choir in procession at Alloway, Scotland

Burns celebration Choir in procession at Alloway, Scotland

Community with dignitaries and choir en-route to new museum.

Community procession at Alloway, Scotland

Community procession in celebration of Burns at Alloway, Scotland

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