Category: Project PhDs

Burns and Language: Fidge

Hello! You will probably be aware that tomorrow is the Calcutta Cup rugby match between Scotland and England and there is a bit of fidgin’ going on amongst the ranks here in Scotland. Now...

Burns and Language: Rousing

Well, Burns night has passed for another year and we are recovering at the Centre for Burns Studies, so it is time to get back to work.  Our conference went really well and there...

A Toast for George Washington, as well as an ‘Ode’?

  As I was searching through 19th Century American newspapers and periodicals at the Library of Congress for Burns material, I came across an interesting transcription of a speech by Henry Ward Beecher in...

Burns and Language: Skirl

With Burns Night fast approaching I thought it high time to have a good Scots word as the Burns Word of the Week. And you have no doubt heard the skirl of the bagpipes...

Burns and Language: Inspiration

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a good Hogmanay! It is the start of a new year and a point in time when we all need a bit of inspiration, whether it’s...

Burns and Language: Syne

Christmas has passed and it’s very nearly Hogmanay, so grab a dram, dig out your words to ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and get ready for the Bells! We all know what “auld lang syne” means...

Burns and Language: Elf

Well, it’s December, classes have finished, and we’ve had some snow, which can only mean one thing: Christmas is coming. So, I thought this week’s Word of the Week should be a Christmassy one...

PhD Update From Washington

As stated in my previous post, I will be spending five months based in Washington, DC at The Library of Congress, in the hope of unearthing new materials regarding Burns’s America recpetion and subsequent...

First Day at The Library of Congress

Today I had my induction at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, where I will be based for the next six months. My fellowship is part of the AHRC’s International Placement Scheme, and...

Retracing Burns’s 1787 Highland Tour: Day Four

Day 4 – Elgin Cathedral, Duff House, Banff, Aberdeen We moved east towards Elgin, where we visited the cathedral. Burns visited herel on the 7th of September 1787 and he notes that is has...