Highlanders and friends gather to celebrate the birthday of Scottish bard Robbie Burns

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

Andrew Caddell gave a dramatic recitation of Burns’ famous “Address to the Haggis” and stabbed the “great chieftain of the sausage race” with his sgian-dubh (a small, single-edged knife worn tucked into the top of a kneesock as part of traditional Scottish Highland dress, along with the kilt).

In 1801, five years after the death of Robbie Burns, nine of his friends gathered in Scotland to give testament to the poet’s life and works. Since then, annual gatherings take place on Jan. 25, the anniversary of Burns’ birth in 1759.

A pioneer of the Romantic movement in literature, Burns was celebrated last Saturday night at the Garrison Club in Old Quebec.