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A Song on Robbie Burns Day

Posted January 20, 2017
A Song on Robbie Burns Day

If you can’t be in Scotland to raise a glass to the bard on Robbie Burns Day, there is no better place to be than Nova Scotia (New Scotland).

Born in Alloway, Scotland on January 25, 1759, Robert Burns has become Scotland’s most recognized figure, with more Burns statues in the world than any other non-religious figure other that Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus. Every year on his birthday, people worldwide gather to celebrate the memory of Scotland’s National Poet. It’s an enduring tradition that we’re proud to be a part of.

Burns was both a poet and a songwriter and whisky featured prominently in many of his poems and songs. A favourite of his drinking songs is A Bottle and Friends:


There’s nane that’s blest of human kind,

But the cheerful and the gay, man,

Fal, la, la, & c.


Here’s a bottle and an honest friend!

What wad ye wish for mair, man?

Wha kens, before his life many end,

What his share may be o’care, man?


Then catch the moments as they fly,

And use them as ye ought, man:

Believe me, happiness is shy,

And comes not aye when sought, man.


We share Burns’ passion for whisky and its ability to bring friends and family together.  Living in a time when so much seems to divide us, Robbie Burns Day can be a time when we set our differences aside and enjoy the timeless qualities of friendship and family, of tradition and honour, and, of course, a great glass of whisky. For in reality, there is much more that brings us together than what separates us.

To all our honest friends, we raise a glass to you on Burns Day and thank you for creating a new tradition with us. Slàinte!

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