1) Chairperson's opening address
The chairperson will cordially welcome the guests and may make a few
2) The meal commences with the recital of Selkirk
Some hae meat and cannot eat.
Some cannot eat that want it:
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
3) Parade o’ the Haggis
The company stand to receive the haggis. A piper leads the chef,
carrying the haggis to the top table, while the guests accompany them
with a slow handclap.
4) Address tae the Haggis
The chairman or an invited guest recites Burns' poem
‘To A Haggis’. When he reaches the line 'an cut you up wi' ready
slight', he cuts open the haggis with a sharp knife.
It's customary for the company to applaud the speaker then stand and
toast the Haggis with a glass of whisky.
5) The meal.
A typical meal would be:
Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties.
Tyspy Laird (sherry
6) The Immortal Memory
One of the main features of the evening is a short speech on Rabbie
Burns from an invited guest.
The main speech is followed by a more light-hearted address to the
women in the audience. This, originally, was to thank the ladies for
preparing the food and a time to toast the 'lasses' in Burns' life.
The tone of the speech should be witty, but never offensive.
One of the ladies will make a short, humorous speech on the topic of
Once the speeches are complete the evening continues with songs and
poems. Favourites for recitations are Tam o' Shanter, Green grow the
rashes o, Address to the Unco Guid, To A Mouse and Holy Willie's
Prayer. These and others are shown in the table below
The evening will culminate with the company standing, linking hands
and singing Auld Lang Syne to conclude the program.