by Frank R. Shaw, FSA Scot, Dawsonville, GA, USA
Last month Susan and I had
the privilege of attending the annual conference at the University of
Glasgow’s Centre for Robert Burns Studies. It always provides an opportunity
to hear several outstanding speakers, renew auld acquaintances and make some
new ones. At dinner one evening, Kirsteen McCue, Co-Director of the Centre,
told us about an intriguing Burns Supper put on by school children.
Kirsteen’s son, Gregor, was a participant in the supper, so I did what I
always do when I hear something interesting about Burns - I asked for a copy
of the program and pictures of the event! With thanks to Gregor, his
classmates and his mother, I hope you enjoy this rare Burns Supper held at
the Stonehouse Primary School near Larkhall, Glasgow that these young
people attend. You will also find an email of introduction from Gregor as
Dear Mr Shaw,
My mum is Kirsteen McCue – I
think you met her? I am Gregor. I am sorry you couldn’t come to our Burns
supper this January. But I’m enclosing some pictures, and some documents
(like the lassies toast and my immortal memory and some memories of the
event) which were written by me and some of my classmates.
In the first picture (949)
the Toast To a haggis (Chloe, Duncan, Erin and Euan). In The second image
(950) I’m in the middle on the right is Hannah (Toast to the Laddies) and
left Eva (MC first half). In the third (951) Me doing my Immortal Memory.
The fourth (951) the whole class at the end.
Thanks again hope to meet you
next time you’re over the pond.
Yours sincerely, Gregor
Larkhall’s Stonehouse Primary
School Burns Supper
In January every year P.7
(the final class) organises a Burns supper. We started planning this event
in September 2011. We started by our teacher (Mrs Hunter) explaining what
our Burns Supper should include. We began by fixing a date which was the
27th of January and we sent invitations to our head teacher, teachers from
the high schools we will go to after the Summer Etc.
The next thing we did was
holding the auditions to find the best people for the speeches. We decided
we were looking for two people to be the MCs (Eva and Leiha), Someone for
the Selkirk Grace (William)Someone for the Toast To The Lassies (Jamie), The
reply to the Laddies (Hannah) and a person for the Immortal Memory (Me).
We all got our parts, wrote
our speeches and kept rehearsing again and again. Soon we would all get our
turn at the Burns Supper itself. We were all extremely anxious as we sat in
It was very warm in the hall
because so many people were there. The piper and drummer (who had been
pupils at the school) piped in the haggis and piped us around the school. We
sat down and Eva started to speak. We had the Selkirk Grace (William) and
after the Toast to the Haggis (Euan G, Erin, Duncan & Chloe) we feasted and
had a great meal. Then it was my turn for the Immortal Memory. And then it
went on with To A Mouse (Blair, Julia, Jack B, Katie, Rebecca, Danny, Connor
and Heather) and the toasts to the lassies and laddies (Jamie & Hannah).
Then the second half opened
up with Leiha taking over as MC and Eva quickly had to switch sides and came
back into the spotlight to dance the Highland fling for us. Erin, Rebecca
and Katie then all made us feel proud to live in Scotland when they sang our
national anthem. We danced the Military two-step and had great fun. Then the
Primary 7 all-girls choir sang Red Red Rose and Cameron sang a delightful
Scots whahae and we finished with Auld Lang Syne.
Once the Burns Supper had
passed we were all very relieved but sad about how quickly the time had
gone. It went just as we had practiced. I wish we could do one every year!
List of names that took
part: Eva, Leiha, Gregor, William, Jamie, Hannah, Euan G, Erin, Duncan,
Chloe, Nicole, Jack W, Tami, Blair, Julia, Jack B, Katy, Rebecca, Danny,
Connor, Heather, Cameron and most important of all MRS HUNTER!
Thanks to everyone who came.
By Gregor Hamilton P.7
Immortal Memory Speech
By Gregor Hamilton
I am gobsmacked to be
speaking about this wonderful person, not just a person but an inspiration
to Scots. Robert Burns was born on the 25th of January 1759. He grew up
struggling for money. His father was a poor man and tried to put food on his
plate but they survived. It seemed Burns had a talent for language and
could speak English, French and his own Scots. Burns published his first
book of poems and sold it for free. People call him Scotland’s favourite son
and he was simply known as The Bard. Unfortunately Burns died at the age of
37, too young. He died of rheumatic heart fever, but he loved a drink and
that didn’t help his condition. People remember Burns for his real love of
people and his poems and songs that inspired nations. All over the world
people sing his songs and know him as Scotland great gift. So let’s toast to
the man who shaped Scotland to what it is today.
‘TO RABBIE BURNS!’
Hannah, Gregor, and Eva
To The Lassies
Good afternoon ladies, we
hope you’re enjoying your afternoon
However – I must warn you – you will be offended soon.
When you smear and smother make up all over your face
Us lads just think it’s a real disgrace
You’re always calling on your mobile phones,
Texting your friends and looking for new ringtones
You think keeping fit is going to the shops
Ooh hair bobbles, Ooh perfume, Ooh boy band stuff.
It never stops!!!
Your heads are full of horses and chick flicks,
All that fluffy nonsense makes us guys sick
Our wonderful fragrant lynx will always be the best unlike your perfume
which will never pass the test!!
These funny crazy hair do’s impress us they don’t
We’ve voted that they’re actually hair don’ts
Dancing and boogying, looking in the mirror all that posing just makes us
We’ve all had a laugh, and the slagging is over
But without you bonnie lassies our class would be no fun
TOAST: to all our bonnie
By Jamie Boyes
Toast to the Haggis with Chloe, Duncan, Erin and
Burns Supper Personal
At the Primary 7 Burns supper
I had a great time. The bits I enjoyed the most were the Toast To The
Lassies and the choir!!!
The reason I liked the
Lassies speech is:
Jamie used great expression,
The boys thought of
everything we do,
It was hilarious and in the
end they made us feel special and they weren’t to offensive with what they
said which was good.
The other thing I Liked was
the primary 7 all girls’ choir. I was in the choir and we did an amazing
performance of the song Red Red Rose.
Even though I only talked
about two things out of the whole Burns supper that doesn’t mean I didn’t
like the rest of the Burns supper. These were only my personal favourites.
The whole class did great and that’s all that matters.
By Hannah Mckie P7