Burns night, an annual celebration marking the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns, takes place this Sunday.
Over the years the night has become not purely about Burns himself, but about celebrating Scottish culture and heritage. Most often this is done by eating haggis, drinking whisky and maybe even listening to some bagpipes – all whilst wearing a traditional Scottish tartan!
It is clear from Burns’ poetry that he had an intense passion for Scotland, writing fervently of his own rural experiences and the natural beauty of his surroundings, as well as dealing with the themes of patriotism, class structure and politics. He wrote fondly of the river Afton, which flows to the South West of where he grew up in Alloway.
Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes,
Flow gently, I’ll sing thee a song in thy praise;
My Mary’s asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.
(Robert Burns, 1759–1796)
© Copyright Robert Guthrie
Many of Drummonds’ products are also inspired by Scotland, deriving their names from the lakes, rivers and islands of the region. Some of these inevitably have a Burns connection, such as the Clyde. Burns grew just two miles from the Firth of Clyde, the river from which the Clyde bath takes its name.
Scotland’s longest river the Tay was adopted as a namesake for our longest bath, as well as the Morar, one of the shortest rivers in Scotland for our most compact bath.
We have also had the pleasure of visiting some of Scotland’s most beautiful castles, houses and estates, to see a full selection see our gallery.
This Country house in the depths the Scottish glens features a Tay bath as well as a Naver basin, which also has a Scottish origin, deriving its name from Loch Naver which is famed for its salmon fishing.
However you’re celebrating, we hope you enjoy Burns Night!