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Unfortunately Wellwood is closed at this time of coronavirus worry,

BUT . .

take our Virtual Tour

then visit for a real experience once museums re-open

Looking ahead . . .

Wellwood will remain closed to all meetings and visitors until at least April 2021 - we decided this in late September as the national safeguards showed no sign of relaxation.

There will be no Annual Celebration as we know and love it - this mirrors its cancellation in the years of the 1832 and 1849 cholera epidemics! - but watch this space for a possible substitute commemoration of the Bard's birthday.

The AGM will take place online on 15th January, and joining details will be circulated nearer the time.

We are hoping that our popular Verse-Speaking Competition may be possible, though of course not in its Wellwood format, subject to making viable plans in consultation with local schools.

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.').

Email: honsecy@irvineburnsclub.org or leave voicemail on 01294 274511

Enjoy the Virtual visit, courtesy of North Ayrshire Council

Music @ Wellwood

Regrettably, the concerts planned for the remainder of 2020 have had to be postponed. The Wellwood Burns Centre & Museum remains closed but once it re-opens we hope to arrange a new series of concerts.
Meantime, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to our next series of concerts.

Our plans had included:
from classic soul and the roots of alternative country music, they re-imagine the classic songs of Robert Burns
and the
Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra


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.

2020-21 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 is 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 ...