Burns Night

It's here again, the night when Scots (and many more people) celebrate the birthday of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns. When non Scots think of Scotland, Burns is someone that easily comes to mind. He's certainly earned his place as a personification of his country. My father, a Scot himself, always thought so. To me, Burns is only one face of Scotland though. Here's my list of other, great Scots.

Deborah Kerr (1921 - 2007), Glasgow born actress who starred in The King and I, Casino Royale and From Here to Eternity, to name but a few.

The epitome of grace, sophistication and intelligent wit.

Billy Connolly (born 1942 in Glasgow), another great wit. One of the few comedians who could reduce both my mother and father to tears of laughter.

J M Barrie (1860 - 1937), author and dramatist, the man who brought us the well-loved, eternal child, Peter Pan.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930), physician and writer. A prolific creator who brought us Sherlock Holmes and The Lost World.

And then there's the music.

Travis - Why does it always rain on me?

Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams

Texas - Say what you want

Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid

Happy Burns Night.


  1. I'm Scottish too. (That and 5 other nationalities.) I didn't know it was Robert Burns's birthday.

  2. Happy Burns night, Fi. There are so many great Scottish things. When my family and I visited last year, I fell in love with Edinburgh and made sure to take a picture on the Royal Mile of the house where Robert Burns lived during his first visit there, where we bowed our heads appropriately in memoriam. I make them do that each time we encounter a hallowed literary site. :)

  3. I love this. Many greats. My two best buddies,not in living in London, are Scotsman. My new CEO, is a Scotswoman. I am sensing a trend. Of course, I have has girl crush on Deborah. On a side note, I traveled a lot to Edinburgh on business a few years back.. (yes, love and many tales to too much drinking with the team).. but I remember discovering the brothers who sand 500 miles. I still love this song. Thanks for reminding me.

  4. So many Scottish links. Thanks for the comments.

  5. I'm not Scottish, but have visited Scotland twice and a good friend of mine lives there. What I love most about the Scots is the pride they have in their history and their world-reknowned poets and artists and scientists. There are statues of them littered all over Edinburgh and Glasgow in particular. It is so refreshing when a country embraces its history and culture rather than trying to sweep it under the rug!

    Oh and you forgot to add Ewan McGregor to that list:)

  6. Ehm... Sean Connery ? He is my first thought when you say "Scottish" :)

  7. I love Debra Kerr in An affair to remember!


  8. UL - Ewan McG is an excellent actor, love him.
    V - I thought of Sean after I'd written this post. B - beautiful film. She made so many.


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