Irvine Burns Club - est. 1826   

 Who's who - Founders, Presidents, Honorary Members, and current directors

About Irvine Burns Club past and present - office-bearers, directors, founders, presidents, honorary members, news, visiting

Irvine Burns Club representatives participate in the Burns Scotland Plenary Group and Research sub-group, the North Ayrshire Museums Forum, the Ayrshire Association of Burns Clubs and the Robert Burns World Federation

Support Irvine Burns Club

Events - in normal times - include the Annual Celebration (January), Music@Wellwood concerts in our superb Music Room (usually four each winter), and other events advertised on our Facebook page (search for Irvine Burns Club)

Life membership costs £20 (UK residents) or £30 (overseas) - this puts you on our mailing list, and a membership certificate is sent. To apply, please download our membership application form. Payment can be made via our Paypal facility.

Your donations enable us to continue our long history and to maintain the Wellwood Burns Centre and Museum. Please donate by BACS to sort code 83-23-13 (Royal Bank of Scotland) a/c no 00612026 (Irvine Burns Club), using your name as a reference, and email us at to let us know you have done so. Taxpayers, please also download a Gift Aid form to allow us to reclaim tax!

You can also support our 200 Club - of the £13 annual subscription, half supports Wellwood, while the other half is returned in small monthly prizes and in two major prizes in January. Download a 200 Club application form here.

Saturday (note change of day) 28th Jan. 2023, buy your tickets here via Paypal (£35 + £1 to cover charges). 

Music at Wellwood
  • Office-bearers 2023-2024 - Angus Middleton (President), Iain McPhail (Vice-President), Bill Nolan (Hon. Secretary), Billy Dickson (Hon. Treasurer)
    Immediate Past President: Margaret Greenlees
  • Directors 2023-24 - Willie Boyd, Matthew Brown, David Burns, Jim Burns, Archie Chalmers, Bill Cowan, Michael Diamond, Ian Dickson, Billy Dickson, Iain Doole, Raymond Fitzgerald, Bobby Haswell, Graham Hyslop, Hugh Hutchison, Bill McGregor, Derek Murdoch, Michael Murray, Allen Paterson, Annie Small and Tim Swan 

Irvine Burns Club and Irvine Lasses Burns Club work closely together. In 2015, IBC presented ILBC with a Friendship Cup to mark their 40th anniversary. Later in 2015 the joint efforts of the two clubs in community projects featured in the Provost’s Awards, topping the Arts and Culture category and gaining the overall Provost’s Award.

Friendship Cup

The Friendship Cup & the Provost’s Civic Pride Award 2015

Civic Awards
Office-bearers at the Robert Burns World Federation Annual Conference held in Irvine in 2019

showing, in the front row: Margaret Greenlees, President, Irvine Lasses Burns Club, Ian Clarkson, Provost, North Ayrshire Council, Annie Small, President, Ayrshire Association of Burns Clubs, Bill Nolan, President, Robert Burns World Federation, Archie Chalmers, President, Irvine Burns Club, John Inglis, a Past President of the World Federation, and Bill Cowan, a Past President of Irvine Burns Club
and, in the back row: other directors, flanking Dr Philippa Whitford, MP for Central Ayrshire

Burns group in 2018
Milne's Inn Crown Inn

The Founders of Irvine Burns Club

Irvine Burns Club was formed in Milne's Inn (now The Crown Inn), High Street, Irvine, Ayrshire on 2nd June 1826 by a group of twelve leading men of the town.

Read more about the Founders

  • Wellwood Burns Centre & Museum
  • 28 Eglinton Street,
  • Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8AS