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** October special exhibition: 'Forever 19' (World War I) **

Visit any Mon / Wed / Fri / Sat afternoon in October - admission free
- displays include the Victoria Cross of Private Ross Tollerton

Admission free (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat.

Irvine Burns Club

'Wellwood', KA12 8AS

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Burns in Irvine town centre today!

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News & events
(on right: the 5,000th school visitor, Rachel, on Jan 31st, 2014, receives a souvenir from President Rev. Robert Travers)

Wed 15th October: First of the new programme of Music Evenings - JAMES NICOL, Tenor, one of Scotland's most popular entertainers, with accompanist ANDREW NICOL

Wed 12th November - SIMONE WELSH, versatile and accomplished performer on vocals and fiddle, with accompanist GORDON CREE

Download the December 2013 newsletter covering the events of last year

For schools downloads go to schools page

Special request from Rev Urquhart & Fr Boyd - a link to their third film (premiered Dec. 2013) - watch! and Celebrate Community

Good Morning Scotland programme - January 2013 but still of interest

Website recent items

more Wikipedia pages , John Kelso Hunter , Capt. Gray , Burns in Edinburgh , Past Pres. James Miller 1964

The newly revised (Dec. 2013) Town Centre Walking Tour

The amazing story of the 'Planter' - a gallantly defended sea attack, its links with Irvine, and a mystery

Transcription of notes about the history of Irvine harbour, compiled by ex-Provost John Paterson in the 1880s,
on our project site for Irvine Harbourside

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Irvine Burns Statue and wreath laying 2013

The Burns statue, donated by John Spiers in 1896, sculpted by James Pittendrigh Macgillivray, and (if you mouse over) a photo of a wreath-klaying ceremony on the January Sunday nearest the Bard's birthday.

See our On-line Support Desk for:

* Masterclass DVD set on Scots music, poetry, songs and language
* "Honorary Members", vol.s 1 and 2
* Booklet on the sculpture of Burns and Wallace"
* Life Membership of Irvine Burns Club
* and several other items

President Rev Robert Travers and Vice-Pres. J Derek Murdoch, 2014


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Our photos include the Burns statue in Irvine, the annual wreath-laying, the "Independent Minds" sculpture, and the Club's premises at 'Wellwood'

Wreath-laying January 2012

Wreath-laying January 2012

flax flower design by Paul Lucky
flax flower design by Paul Lucky - flax dressing brought Burns to Irvine

"The A-list Burns Club" ('Scottish Daily Mail' - November 24th, 2009)

In 1781 Robert Burns worked in Irvine. In Irvine Captain Richard Brown encouraged Burns to publish his verse. The published poet was born! The late Sandy Macara was of the opinion that "Irvine is also where Burns caught the rheumatic fever that caused his death"!
In 1826, two friends of Robert Burns, with ten others, founded Irvine Burns Club, which, in 1962, opened the Irvine Burns & Burgh Museum, at 'Wellwood', in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland - open four times weekly from April to September, and weekly on Saturdays during the winter.


The bronze sculpture created in 2009 Discover more about the murals Find why Captain Richard Brown is in the story Read about Robert Burns in Irvine Discover the Stained Glass windows