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ionnsaigh Posted 9th Mar 2011, 10:21am
 
QUOTE (Dunvegan @ 22nd Feb 2011, 02:19am) *
During the reign of "good king Billy" one fifth of Scotlands poulation died of starvation. It wasn't in the millions as in the genocide in Ireland but for so small a country detestable and preventable.

Absolutely Dunvegan absolutely. During this reign of Capital, one third of our people live, then die ( prematurely ) Poverty, and it's constant companions crime disease and ill health, blight the lives of many Scots, in this day and age... I hold the Labour Party guilty of treason. After all, they need the poor in order to exist. Time and time again the labour party win seats at elections, yet people's economic misery and plight continues. Shame on them.
RonD Posted 22nd Feb 2011, 09:16am
  Here's a start Heather, some of Rabbie's descendents and ancestry.
http://www.burness.ca/burns.html
Dunvegan Posted 22nd Feb 2011, 02:56am
 
QUOTE (ionnsaigh @ 17th Feb 2011, 07:44pm) *
Tae awe the Scots, that left these shores,
That first brave step, an tae the fore,
Over the water and across this land,
Driven by survival thirst, tae escape,
Destruction disease, an definite death.

Every inch and every yard,
Did ye turn yer back, an face the dawn,
A long drawn out, an deeper ache,
Tae leave yer land, for money sake,
Sad the sorrow, as landlord's scorn.

We heard the new's, before yer coming,
Two deid weans, jist wee things,
Lying there, both pale an white,
Their Mothers wail,an fill the glen,
An hatred fills ma hert.

Tae the high an mighty, of this land,
A charge yer ancestors, wae genocide,
Stawnin there, way yer hawns dripin in the stuff,
The tears of the people will drown you,
You will gasp a final, a premature gasp. smile.gif

During the reign of "good king Billy" one fifth of Scotlands poulation died of starvation. It wasn't in the millions as in the genocide in Ireland but for so small a country detestable and preventable.
Heather Posted 17th Feb 2011, 03:58pm
  Ah well Jim D, I might get around to tasting the haggis sometime.

I suppose it's a bit odd not celebrating Burns night properly when my mum's side of the family are full of the name Robert Burns including her dad who is from Kilsyth where my mum was also born. Her mum's name before she married R.B. was Hannah Begg.

I make no claim to him as I have never done an Ancestor search of Burns.
ionnsaigh Posted 17th Feb 2011, 10:21am
  Tae awe the Scots, that left these shores,
That first brave step, an tae the fore,
Over the water and across this land,
Driven by survival thirst, tae escape,
Destruction disease, an definite death.

Every inch and every yard,
Did ye turn yer back, an face the dawn,
A long drawn out, an deeper ache,
Tae leave yer land, for money sake,
Sad the sorrow, as landlord's scorn.

We heard the new's, before yer coming,
Two deid weans, jist wee things,
Lying there, both pale an white,
Their Mothers wail,an fill the glen,
An hatred fills ma hert.

Tae the high an mighty, of this land,
A charge yer ancestors, wae genocide,
Stawnin there, way yer hawns dripin in the stuff,
The tears of the people will drown you,
You will gasp a final, a premature gasp. smile.gif



Rick Posted 1st Feb 2011, 09:10am
 
QUOTE (wee davy @ 23rd Jan 2011, 11:19pm) *
Martin, I think you'll find more Burns Suppers are held OUTSIDE Scotland than celebrated in!

I participated in Armenia: http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/roller/lonsdale/
wombat Posted 28th Jan 2011, 09:01am
  dylan wrote As per usual I will give my Pal my Neeps ( only fit for feeding cattle )and he will give me his Haggis.!! rolleyes.gif

Dunvegan Posted 28th Jan 2011, 06:29am
 
QUOTE (Dylan @ 27th Jan 2011, 12:01am) *
I will be attending a Burns Night, Friday, at a Local Masonic Hall as I have for many years.

It is a god of mix of Burns and Cabaret as there is always a commedian. I think this is importand as not everyone can handle a night of nothing but Burns and I include myself.

As per usual I will give my Pal my Neeps ( only fit for feeding cattle )and he will give me his Haggis.!!

Did Burns ever wear a Kilt tongue.gif

Burns was a lallander, low land Scot. By the time of his birth Highland dress had been forbidden after the rising against the king of the southern Saxons in 1745. The kilt was an exclusive dress of the highland clans and no lowlander would ever be seen in that dress. There was also, as the Gaelic speakers would have it the "Mhi rhun mhor nan gael" the lowlanders great hatred of the Gael. An attidude that lives to this day. The wearing of tartan was due to a revival of the myth of the romantic Gael, brought about by that anglophilic gaelophobic unionist, Walter Scott in his reception of his Saxon king and entourage, who arrived at Waverly station wearing Tartan over their silken hose and regal apendages affording a blessing to contemporary satirical cartoonists.
No Dylan, Burns was a mason and inspite of his writing of patriotic verse became a doyen of the establishment and would NEVER have worn a kilt.
Chrissie Posted 28th Jan 2011, 04:38am
  Heather, I remember going to the dancing in Glasgow and most of the time the band played some old time dances - The Canadian Barn Dance, The Empress Tango, The Gay Gordons or the Mexican Hat Dancy. They were great fun but the lassies usually danced them together since the lads weren't so gung ho on them as we were.
Burns Suppers are great fun. You should try one.
wee davy Posted 27th Jan 2011, 01:39pm
  THe nearest I got to 'celebrating' Burns Night this year, was looking forward to my haggis supper - but owing to circumstances beyond control (builders in for a few days) I am still waiting! grrrr Here's hoping tonight I finally get to feed my face, in the time honoured tradition!
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