Resources and information on Robert Burns and on Irvine, grouped under the five menus below


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The popular Verse-Speaking Competition continued, in a different format, with local schools. Congratulations to this year's award winners - in the P1-P4 section (any Scots poem) HATTIE McCLORY (Glebe Primary), KATIE McCUBBIN (Woodlands Primary) and ISLA HOBSON (Woodlands Primary) - and in the P5-P7 section (any Burns poem) LAUREN WYLIE (Glebe Primary), ISOBEL DUNLOP (Woodlands Primary) and LOUIE BOYD (Woodlands Primary). Thanks to all those who took part in this year's challenge.

Below: A few of the exhibits and events at 'Wellwood'


Congratulations to Margaret Cook, Honorary Member of Irvine Burns Club, seen here after being presented, on behalf of the Queen, with the British Empire Medal, by the Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran, Sheriff Iona McDonald.

The award was in recognition of her longstanding support for the Ayrshire Hospice. Margaret is truly a worthy recipient.

Matthew Fitt runs a Scots language education project and has just (Apr.2021) launched a new resource on Tam o' Shanter. With his permission, you, especially our younger visitors, can enjoy it here
Watch the video as writer and actor Hamish MacDonald reads Tam o Shanter illustrated by comic artist Gary Welsh

In the Footsteps of Burns and Galt: Irvine-born author and explorer John Galt founded Guelph in Ontario in 1827. Today, the City of Guelph continues to recognise its links with Scotland; a Canadian group visited Irvine in May 2018 to celebrate Galt’s birthday. In December, the Civic Museum team from Guelph invited Irvine Burns Club to become involved in its on-line celebration of Burns’ Birthday - the outcome is a 28-minute video for Guelph’s City Museum. Watch it on YouTube. The credits on the film include the names of the Irvine team (members and friends of the Club) who contributed to this achievement.

Instead of a Burns Supper, we offered Address to a Haggis - on YouTube - as you've never seen it before.


Parking: off East Rd (alley to Eglinton St. beside SNP office),
or just at start of Quarry Road, parking next to bowling green.
Buses through Irvine stop at 'Wellwood' (ask for 'Eglinton St.').

In Irvine, Capt. Richard Brown encouraged Robert Burns to publish his work, and bookseller William Templeton welcomed him in his shop, and, in this chair, in the back shop. Burns, while working at flax dressing, found Irvine a 'wonderfully educative place' (Carswell)

Other photos appear on our News page.

2020-22 President David Burns
with Vice-President Margaret Greenlees

A few website pages
Newest honorary members,
the Schools page,
'Burns and Irvine' by Rev Henry Ranken,
William Templeton's bookshop and chair,
extra information on our 1834 & 1846 President Capt Charles Gray,
and a support page offering postcards, subscriptions and Annual Celebration tickets.

"The A-list Burns Club", 'Scottish Daily Mail', 24 Nov., 2009.

Past President Bill Nolan was 2018-19 President of the Robert Burns World Federation and Immediate Past President Annie Small served as 2018-20 President of the Ayrshire Association of Burns Clubs.

--- On the web for for 21 years (launched Jan. 1999) ---  

President Archie Chalmers welcomed a Deputation from The Grand Lodge of Scotland headed by the Grand Master Mason Ramsay McGhee including members of Masonic Lodges from across Scotland to Wellwood on 3rd August. The President, Vice President David Burns and Directors Bobby Haswell and Iain Doole are pictured with the visitors and with Bill Nolan, Hon Secretary of Irvine Burns Club and the President of the Robert Burns World Federation. Our visitors were all suitably impressed.


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to come:

The 2003 Annual Celebration as seen through the eyes of Chinese Channel Europe, who came north to film our event, and Ian Duncan, butcher, as a result of our presence on the web.

. . and, in development, a page on Wellwood and the Paterson family ...