Happy Birthday, Robert Burns!

January 25 is the birthday of the Scottish Bard and poet laureate, Robert Burns. Sots around the world host Burns' suppers in honor of him. They recite his poetry, enjoy some good Scottish whiskey and fair, and typically partake of the haggis.

Burns' so loved Haggis that he wrote an address to it. In his address he remarks about the wonder of such a food and he scorns how people can eat French ragout but look down on haggis. How those people are skinny and weak, but a Scot is hardy and strong because he eats the haggis.

Most people are familiar with Robert Burns' poem "Auld Lange Syne," which was set to a traditional folk song and sung in many countries around the world on New Year's Eve (Hogmanay in Scotland). The words roughly translate to "for old time sake."

Being of Clan Campbell on my father's side, I enjoy that Burns' wrote lyrics to a traditional pipe song called "The Campbells are Coming."


The Campbells are comin, Oho! Oho!
The Campbells are comin, Oho! Oho!
The Campbells are comin to bonnie Lochleven,
The Campbells are comin, Oho! Oho!

Upon the Lomonds I lay, I lay,
Upon the Lomonds I lay, I lay,
I looked down to bonnie Lochleven,
And saw three bonnie perches play.
The Campbells are comin, Oho! Oho!
The Campbells are comin, Oho! Oho!
The Campbells are comin to bonnie Lochleven,
The Campbells are comin, Oho! Oho!

Great Argyle he goes before,
He makes his cannons and guns to roar,
Wi' sound o' trumpet, pipe and drum,
The Campbells are comin Oho, Oho!

The Campbells are comin, Oho! Oho!
The Campbells are comin, Oho! Oho!
The Campbells are comin to bonnie Lochleven,
The Campbells are comin, Oho! Oho!

The Campbells they are a' in arms,
Their loyal faith and truth to show,
Wi' banners rattling in the wind,
The Campbells are comin Oho, Oho!

The Campbells are comin, Oho! Oho!
The Campbells are comin, Oho! Oho!
The Campbells are comin to bonnie Lochleven,
The Campbells are comin, Oho! Oho!





Robert Burns was a lover of women, had several illegitimate children, and died young, at the age of 37. And his legend, and words, live on!
Happy birthday, Rabbie!!
For more info on the life of Robert Burns you can visit http://www.robertburns.org