11 QUIRKY REASONS TO TOAST ROBERT BURNS ON 25th JANUARY
The Scot was the first person to ever feature on a commemorative bottle of Coca Cola.
It is claimed that Michael Jackson’s smash hit Thriller was inspired by the Tam O’Shanter poem.
Burn’s popularity stretches much further than Scotland. At pedestrian crossings in Japan, the sound indicating that a walker can cross is a rendition of ‘Coming Through The Rye’.
One of the most famous US presidents Abraham Lincoln could recite Burns’ works by heart.
Burns fathered at least 13 children by four different women. His wife, Jean Armour, gave birth to nine of his children, but only three survived infancy. Burns' oldest child, Elizabeth was born after he had an affair with his mother’s servant and his youngest son Maxwell, was born on the day of his funeral.
John Steinbeck took the title of his 1937 novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ from a line a Burns poem ‘To a Mouse’ which reads, ‘the best laid schemes o’ men an’ men/ gang aft agley’.
There are more statues, monuments and memorials dedicated to Robert Burns than any other non-religious figure, after Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus including one in New York's Central Park.
BURNS NIGHT MENU
Truffled celeriac soup – croutons – chives
Haggis neeps ‘n’ tatties – whisky cream – parsnip crisps
Smoked Scottish salmon – Crowdie cream cheese – pickled cucumber and radish salad
Mull cheddar and Ayrshire ham hock croquettes – salt baked beetroot – tomato and chilli jam
Oven roasted chicken supreme – clapshot – wild mushrooms – kale – Arran mustard cream
Char-grilled rump of Scotch lamb – root vegetables – fondant potato – barley broth
Scrabster cod fillet – butter poached leeks – baby spinach – skirlie potato cake – caviar cream sauce
Char-grilled Scotch sirloin steak garni – hand cut chips – bearnaise sauce
Warm marmalade steamed sponge pudding – vanilla custard
Drambuie pana cotta – macerated winter fruits
Cranachan parfait – raspberry purée – heather honey shortbread
Isle of Mull cheddar – chutney – oatcakes – grapes – celery
3 courses £35
Steak supplement £5
Cheese supplement £4For more quirky facts on Scotland's bard read www.scotsman.com