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                                                                                  Andy Bell, Our President              Past President Tom hands over to Andy


                                            New Mural Unveiled

Mauchline Burns Club unveiled it's latest project on Wednesday May 20th. A curling bonspiel mural now enhances what used to be a blank wall on Loudoun Street in Mauchline. A large gathering of Burns Club members - as well as mambers of the local curling club - enjoyed the first public viewing of the mural depicting a 19th century curling bonspiel.

Burns Club Past President Tom Wilkinson welcomed the crowd and handed over to Honorary President Ian Lyell to give the background to the imaginitive project. Developing Ian's original idea, members Andrew Bell and Drew Baird contacted Historic Scotland and East Ayrshire Council and soon had the work in progress.

Local artist, Eddie O'Donnell, was delighted with the challenge to put his art skills - which had been passed down his family - into the community. Eddie waived any payment for his work!

The mural, unveiled by Mr Lyell himself, drew total approval from the company. Appropriately, Jimmy Wyllie of Andrew Kay's World Famous Curling Stone Factory in Mauchline, representing Mauchline Curling Club delivered a vote of thanks and handed over an inscribed miniature curling stone to artist Eddie.

The afternoon closed with refreshments in the fairburn Hotel.

                                                     Before Unveiling                                                                                                            Proud

                                        Malky & Ian Pose                                                     Ian Introduces Eddie O'Donnell the artist.

                  The Speakers Have a Look                                                                                   Ian Lyell unveils

Tom Wilkinson,Eddie O'Donnell,Ian Lyell & Jimmy Wyllie

                                  Tom Wilkinson speaks                                                                     The Speakers pose again

                                                Proud Eddie                                                  Jimmy Wyllie in full flow thanking the Burns Club





    May 2015 - Mauchline Burns Club Committee decided

     to donate over £700 to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.




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     Some of our Members performed in a Burns Supper at Kilmarnock Prison. Pictured below with the Prison Director.


                                                       Have you seen our new flag on the National Memorial?


                                                   Our Annual Wreathlaying at the  

                                                           National Robert Burns Memorial,

                                                        took place on Sunday 25th January




                                                                     2014 Burns Supper

Mauchline Burns Club held it's Burns Supper on 25th January as usual.

President Tom Wilkinson chaired the event in his own professional way.

The immortal Memory was given by Professor Gerard Curruthers, who entertained and educated the company

in a very special way with his humour but also with authority. The haggis was piped in by Jimmy Wyllie and addressed by

our own International Haggis Addresser, Andrew Cooper. The Toast to Bonnie Jean and the Lassies was proposed

by 'retired' farmer, William Watson and William did so well that the Club have him in mind for another job.

Ian Denham recited a very difficult poem to his usual high standard and well known singer, Willie Stewart, really did us proud.

Ian Lyell entertained as only he can and Malcolm Noble ran the raffle and appeal.

(There can't be many Burns Suppers where people sitting together found they had the same numbers.)




        Anyone Remember This Burns Supper

    Monday 26th January 1925 in Poosie Nansie's



                          2014 Footsteps Tour

                                   Research and words by Andrew Cooper, Secretary.

                                   Most Images by our driver, Colin Logan, for M-Line Travel




Wreathlaying on 21st July 2012 at the National Robert Burns Memorial which is, of course,

                                            in Mauchline on the lands of Mossgiel.

 Among those present:-MauchlineBurnsClub :President Tom Wilkinson, MBC Members -Hugh Brown, Ian Lyell, Donald Howe,

  John Sutherland, Billy Sharpe, Robbie McMahon, Bob Mitchell.
Tom Morrell from Ayr BC; Mrs Janet Keenan and Alex Mckenzie from the Howff, Kilmarnock Burns Club ;

           John and Margaret Skilling from Alloway Burns Club.
From Mauchline Masonic Lodge - Jack Fleming, Willie Milligan, Willie Lennox. 

                                                Above images courtesy of Gavin Lyell

                New President Tom Wilkinson is 'crowned' by Past President Hugh Brown  

           Jean Armour has a flag to wave to Prince Charles, who was passing through.





     Tourist Plaques Project now completed and 'Unveiled'

Robert Burns Blue Plaques Guide
(available from the Museum)

  A Guide to Mauchline Kirkyard (Available from Museum)

The above Project was funded by Ayrshire Leader plus donations collected at our own Burns Suppers.


The Plaques 'Sub-Committee' of Andy Bell, Ian Lyell and Drew Baird pictured at Poosie Nansie's and the Whitefoord Arms.

                               Russell Wyllie finishes the Ailsa Craig Granite stone outside the museum.


Hand Held Audio Trail Guides covering most of the sites now available from the Museum
Returnable Deposit £5

Tour Scripted and narrated by Ian Lyell

Burns Audio Trail__Burns Audio Trail

                                          Our 2012 'Footsteps' Tour

Our outing this year, “In the Footsteps of Burns” (part 3) took us on the route of

Burns' Highland Tour of 1797. Twelve members left Mauchline at 8am in a Dodds'

mini-coach and drove to Forres, continuing from where we left off last March. Burns

passed through here on 7 September 1797. Here we stopped to see Sueno's Stone,

a 21 foot Pictish cross-slab which is the tallest surviving stone of its kind. Like Burns

we then stopped to see the “ venerable ruins of Elgin Abbey”. At Fochabers we intended

to visit Castle Gordon where Burns dined with the Duke and Duchess of Gordon, however

the castle is no longer open to the public. We continued, via Banff, to Aberdeen where

we stayed overnight at the Hilton Treetops Hotel. Whilst in Aberdeen, Burns met with,

amongst others, Professor Thomas Gordon and Bishop John Skinner. The latter being

the author of “Tullochgorum” which Burns described as “ The best Scotch song Scotland

ever saw ”.

We left Aberdeen on the Sunday morning and headed to Stonehaven, the home of

Burns' ancestors and passed the site of Clachnahill, the home of his father's family. Nearby

we stopped to take in the sights of Dunottar Castle before stopping for coffee in Inverbervie,

the home of Hercules Linton, designer of the famous tea clipper Cutty Sark, named after

the witch from Burns' Tam O'Shanter who grabbed Maggie's tail, “ An left poor Maggie scarce

a stump ”. The figurehead on the ship was a representation of the witch, Cutty Sark,

complete with Maggie's tail in her hand. A life-size copy of the figurehead is on open

display in a public garden in Inverbervie. Our tour continued through Dundee and onto

Bridge of Allan for dinner before returning home.

Burns Highland Tour in 1797 lasted 22 days and covered almost 600 miles!

          Ours lasted two days with an overnight stop in Aberdeen!

                          Hooray for the mechanical horse!

  Images below courtesy of Brian Connelly (Please also remember our Facebook Page - Click Link)        Our Facebook Site





Our Annual Jean Armour Birthday Party took place on Friday 24th February 2012
                                                The Birthday Cake
                                        Jane Brown from The Globe Inn in Dumfries was the Star Attraction

Our Wreathlaying at the National Burns Memorial,
Mauchline on 25th January 2012

                Our Burns Supper 25th January 2012



               Successful Car Treasure Hunt   on 14th August run by
                         Maurice McKendrick and Malcolm Noble

On Saturday 14th August some 35 Members, wives and friends took part in a well organised  Treasure Hunt around Mauchline followed by a meal and chatter in The Fairburn in Mauchline. How much participants enjoyed it was proved by the happy and cheerful banter before and during the meal. The joint was buzzing! Malcolm received a resounding 'yes' from all present when he asked if the  Members would support similar informal get-togethers so look out for some novel ideas from Team Malcolm and Maurice. A very hearty thanks to them both for all the work involved in organising the Treasure Hunt and Congratulations on a job well done.

                       Malcolm Announces the Winner                    John Sutherland's winning team with organisors

                                                                          Maurice McKendrick (Top Left) and Malcolm Noble (Bottom left)

John Sutherland's winning team with organisors Maurice McKendrick (Top left) and Malcolm Noble (bottom left)

                    Clark Milliken receives the Wooden Spoon                  Margery Howe has won the £20                              


Mauchline Burns Club's International Haggis Addresser, Andrew Cooper addresses the Haggis at the
Homecoming windup Party in the Oran Mhor Glasgow in February 2010.


Could we do it?       Yes we could.

Mauchline Burns Club are proud to announce that (further to official confirmation from Guinness World Records) we now hold the World record for the biggest haggis ever cooked at 1234 pounds, some 534 pounds above the previous record.

Seen below, left to right, are Mauchline Burns Club members Fergie McCartney, Peter Scally (who masterminded the cooking) and Jim Davidson

The biggest haggis the world has ever seen was cooked in Mauchline and it was a half-ton highlight of the Mauchline Holy Fair. This great chieftain was truly the greatest of all time - a massive 1234 pounds. That's 534 pounds more than the previous record, so the Mauchline record should stand for years to come.

Slow cooking of the haggis began two days before the Holy Fair.

It was cooked in a specially made giant stainless steel tank and no-one could be sure of what would happen. Would the haggis burst open and provide the largest tank of haggis soup the world has ever seen? And, even if it held, would such a monster cook right through? Would it even survive being lifted out of the tank?

Mauchline Burns Club member Peter Scally, an ex-army cook, was in charge of the process and he watched over the haggis like an expectant father.  By the morning of the Holy fair, the haggis showed a small split on top and Peter feared it might also be splitting at the bottom. But his nerves were calmed when liquid was drained from the bottom of the tank - and it was clear.

The bag survived cooking and lifting and was duly cut open and addressed in the traditional way by Mauchline Burns Club's Andrew Cooper (see below) before free samples were passed round the crowd.

The great event took place on the Bleaching Green, where Burns met wife-to-be, Mauchline girl, Jean Armour.

Witnesses of the record attempt included Chris McCarthy, managing director of old - established butchers McKechnie Jess of Greenock who provided the haggis. Others were Provost Stephanie Young of East Ayrshire and Torquil MacLeod, Director of Homecoming Scotland.

Mauchline Burns Club are grateful to the many people who helped enthusiastically to create this World Record.


Mauchline Burns Club's International Haggis Addresser, Andrew Cooper, addresses the half ton haggis with a 'knife' worthy of it's size.    
The late Fergie McCartney has a taste.



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