Burns Rebuttals


Burns fans are sometimes amused by writing responses to his works and related literature. Here are some which have been presented at our club. These are in PDF (Portable Document Format). To read them you must have the free reader from Adobe installed on your computer



Kate O'Shanter. The wife of Tam O'Shanter provides her perspective of that fateful night ride. Originally published in Scottish Field in January, 1993, this was read by Alison McNair, wife of HBC member Richard McNair at the RBANA Ceilidh hosted by our club.


To A Ploughman.The fieldmouse's reply. This was presented at a club outreach by HBC member David Glover after Angus MacDonald recited To a Mouse. The authorship of this piece is uncertain. If you have information on origin or copyright please contact the webmaster.


Burns reply to "The Star". James Thompson (1827-1888) wrote a song about The Ploughman Poet called "The Star of Rabbie Burns". It's typically sung at Burns suppers and always closes the formal part of the Halifax Burns Club meetings. Former HBC member the late Alasdair McKay wrote a retort that Burns might have delivered if he'd had the chance.







Angus MacDonald

Angus MacDonald at the podium