RT Burns Club

*Federation No. 2085*


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How many Burns Inns do you know of? Fancy a pub crawl?


Burns Cottage, Alloway, where the first meeting to celebrate the anniversary of the Poet's birth was held on 25th January 1801, which at that time was an inn.

The Cross Keys Inn, Falkirk, it doesn't exist today. (a plaque on wall)

Wingates Inn, now the Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling.

The Number 5, in Alva. He spent the evening there.

The Black Bull Inn in Glasgow? Its site is now occupied by the Marks and Spencer store at number 2 Argyle Street.

The Queensberry, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire. Whigham's Inn on A76 Derelict (a plaque)

Castle Hotel, New Cumnock, Ayrshire. on A76 Derelict (a plaque).

The Old Mill Inn, New Cumnock. Been a farm for years now. Plaque.

Souter Johnnies encorporating the recently reconstructed

Kirktoun Jeans in Kirkoswald, Ayrshire looks fantastic.

Poosie Nancies in Mauchline, Ayrshire on A76 been freshened up nicely.

Tam o'Shanter, Ayr

Gardenstone Arms, in Laurencekirk. The hotel was recently burned and has now been demolished.

The Globe, 43 Buccleuch St., Dumfries. Opened in 1710.

The Heid Inn, now the Selkirk Arms on Kirkcudbright's High Street. Plaque states that Burns wrote the Selkirk Grace there in 1794.

Murray Arms, Gatehouse of Fleet. Burns wrote "Scots Wha Hae".

Crook Inn, Tweedsmuir. Closed down. Locals fought a long running battle to prevent the owner converting it into housing and the pub was given a stay of execution.

Croom's Tavern, Perth High Street . Burns spent one night towards end of Highland Tour. Site marked by plaque restored by Perth Burns Club.

The White Hart Inn. Edinburghs Grassmarket.

The Kenmore Inn on Loch Tay which also claims to be Scotland's oldest. has a Burns room.

The Dalwhinnie Inn, now The Inn on Loch Ericht, where there is a recent plaque.

The Ettles Hotel, Old Bridge St., Inveness, now demolished. Proposal to erect a plaque this year.

Kingsmill House, Inverness, where he dined. A plaque was placed by Dr John Cairney.

The New Inn, Castle St., Aberdeen. Gone.

The Joiners, Morpeth, Northumberland. Burns probably over-nighted there, only because it is still one of the finest pubs on this planet!

Dumfries Arms, Cumnock, Ayrshire, off A76. Dates from 25th March 1717. Originally known as the New Inn or Heid Inn. The "DA" was an important coaching inn. Closed 2007 but looks as though it will re-open in 2010.

Kings Arms Hotel, 29 High Street, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. An old coaching house used by RB in 1792.

Craighead Inn, Cumnock, off A76. Dates from 1722 and is supposed to be haunted. Burns' friend William Simpson; Winsome Willie is buried nearby.











January 2, 2010 at 9:11 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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It looks as though one of the Inns mentioned above is being brought back to life. The Dumfries Arms or the DA as it's known locally (in Cumnock, Ayrshire, is being re-opened in the spring of 2010.

Dumfries House Estate (Robert Burns' future father-in-law was a stone mason at the construction of the house), is only a half-hour walk from here.






January 15, 2010 at 6:52 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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We all know that Robert Burns idolised William Wallace. He went to Leglen Wood and sat where he imagined Wallace had sat, things like that. Wouldn't it be likely then that he would have loved to have drank an ale or two where Wallace had drank?

This is from Life and Heroick Actions of The Renoun'd Sir William Wallace: Book XI by W...illiam Hamilton of Gilbertfield, 1722. Burns' favourite book:

Prince Edward in Lochmabane tarry'd still,

And Wallace went to Cumnock with good will.

Then with his Friends he met at the Black Bog.

And with them drank a blyth and hearty Cog.


Cumnock being, what we now call, New Cumnock, a place RB visited frequently.

So would Robert Burns have sat and drank at the same bar as his hero? If so, which one? The Castle next to the Aul' Kirk in New Cumnock perhaps?





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