We are a men's association in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns and promote Scottish heritage.
Our organization is based on the Tarbolton Bachelors' Club founded by Burns. Like the original club, we seek to be “a diversion for the weary man worn down by necessary labours of life”.
We have a choir which is welcomed at numerous venues in town.
Our members perform other work for good causes. At left, members attending the June benefit for the Halifax branch of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
Our Burns Supper is the highlight of our social year. It is highly regarded for its good times and top speakers.
We assemble on the first Thursday of the month between September and June. Our meetings typically include poetic readings and songs of Robert Burns. Like the Tarbolton Club, formal debates are held from time to time.
In keeping with the Tarbolton tradition, our members are all male, although we have dropped the requirement to be a bachelor. Membership is by invitation and is limited to 37 men, one for each year that Burns lived.
- The next meeting is on October 3rd. It will be held in the forward mess of the HMCS Sackville on the Halifax waterfront by the Maritime Museum.
- The Kilted Golf Tournament will be Sunday, September 15th. See the Events page for details.
- Our Honourary Life President, Captain Angus MacDonald, has been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service by the United Kingdom. Congratulations Captain Angus! He is one of only 20 people worldwide who were recognized with this honour.