2013 Greeting

A statue to the poet and ornithologist Alexander Wilson stands in the grounds of Paisley Abbey, and a memorial sits on the banks of the River Cart at the Hammills waterfall. It is inscribed "Remember Alexander Wilson 1766-1813. Here was his…

2012 Greeting

Come late autumn, when our secretary Jack has set a deadline for when the annual greeting is due, I usually welcome any inspiration. A deadline and the ensuing panic certainly helps focus the mind. At the October meeting of the club, Stewart…

2011 Greeting

To have a farmer stand here and complain about the weather will raise few eyebrows amongst the audience tonight – in fact, you should almost expect weather to be top of the list should you ever choose to engage in conversation with a son of…

2010 Greeting

It seems that every year I stand up here to give the Club’s annual greeting I am celebrating the birth or recognising the death of someone and this year is no different. 2010 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of our Club’s founding…

2009 Greeting

“Scotland's Year of Homecoming will be officially launched tonight with a Homecoming Burns Supper, hosted by First Minister Alex Salmond, in Alloway. Call me cynical, but with so much of Scottish life and culture worth celebrating, not least…

2008 Greeting

A National Conversation Three hunner' years hae come an' gin Since Dariens' solution When Queensberry an' Godolphin Proposed their blessed Union Lang years past 'til Dewar's dream Deliver'd devolution Noo Salmond meets wae high esteem He…

2007 Greeting

As Man to Man Oor Bard's enlighten'd philosophy Embrac'd the right to liberty He dreamt o' equality An' fur yin an aw Britherhood an' fraternity Was whit he foresaw. So lookin' doon on Scotland's streets Do drouthy neebors…

2006 Greeting

Paisley Burns Club Greeting 2006 As guid friends gaither the world o’er Tae celebrate oor Burns’ lore Whiles contemplatin’ whit’s in store I look the ither way Sic a year I’ve never ken’t afore Whit would Rabbie…

2002 Greeting

A GREETING WI’ DATES MAUMIE AN’ WAIRSH Oan June 21st - the year’s langest day - The auldest Burns Club coachéd its way Tae Auld Reekie. A bit splore we’d hae Alang the M8. Then, stravaigin’ like wyse wains at play, Aff doun…

1996 Greeting

Twa Hunner’ Years Syne On a dank, dreich day by the Nith, Ae chiel passed awa’ in Dumfries - Tho’ plackless then, in wardly worth, He was bless’d in his Maker’s peace - And in your mind an’ mine Richt up to this day, Twa…