'Robert Burns: At Home and Abroad' on iTunesU

 The Centre for Robert Burns Studies is delighted to announce that a selection of papers delivered at the 'Robert Burns: At Home and Abroad' conference in January 2013 are now available to listen to on the University of Glasgow's iTunesU.

You can listen to these recordings by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy listening!


Professor G Ross Roy (1924 - 2013)


The Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow has lost a great friend with the death of of George Ross Roy (known to his family and friends as Ross).  He was 88.

The modern editor of the letters of Robert Burns, one of the bard's greatest bibliographers and the builder of the best Burns collection in North America, Ross Roy was someone who was extremely generous with the scholarly resources that he established.  The W. Ormiston Roy Memorial Research Fellowship, funding a period of summer study in the Burns collection at Columbia, South Carolina, was named in memory of Ross's grandfather who had begun the collection in his native Canada.  Four members of the School of Critical Studies were the fortunate receipient of this award over the years.

After serving in the Royal Canadain Air-force as a bomber-navigator during World War II, Ross took his doctorate at the Sorbonne and it was in France where he met his wife Lucie.  Lucie was his close comrade in all aspects of his life, and together in 1963 the pair established the journal, Studies in Scottish literature, which has proved one of the great resources for and disseminators of scholarship in Scottish Literature over the past half century.

Ross became an Honourary Fellow of the Burns Centre at Glasgow in 2007, the university awarded him a doctorate in 2009, and in 2010 the Universities Committee for the Teaching of Scottish Literature (comprising all the universities in Scotland where the subject is taught) in partnership with the then Scottish Arts Council established the Ross Roy Medal awarded annually to a postgraduate thesis demonstrating exceptional excellence.

Professor Gerard Carruthers

Chair of Scottish Literature Since 1700

Deputy Head, School of Critical Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies


'Back to the Mother Country?'  The Impact of Ulster-Scots Writing on Scotland 1750-2013

We are delighted to announce that on Friday 15 March 2013 the Centre for Robert Burns Studies and the University of Ulster plans to host the Symposium 'Back to the Mother Country?': The Impact of Ulster-Scots Writing on Scotland 1750-2013.

If you would like to book your place at the Symposium, please RSVP by Friday 8 March to: RobertBurnsStudies@glasgow.ac.uk.  The day's programme is below:

Friday 15th March 2013

The Senate Room, University of Glasgow

 10.00-10.30 Tea, coffee and welcome 

10.30-11.00 Dr Richard Holmes (University of Bristol) ‘The Cause of Virtue in Hume, Hutcheson and the Poet of Snuff’ 

11.00-11.30 Dr. Frank Ferguson (University of Ulster) ‘Very Gothic Celts: Thomas Percy, Robert Anderson, Correspondence, Criticism and Cultural Consumption.’

 11.30-11.45  Tea & Coffee 

11.45-12.15 Dr. Andrew Holmes (Queen’s University Belfast) ‘The Scottish Reformations: Presbyterian interpretations in Scotland and Ulster, c. 1800-1860’ 

12.15-12.45  Dr. Carol Baraniuk (University of Ulster) ‘Out of the Box: Insights into the Ireland-Scotland connection from a Glasgow collection of popular poetry and song’

 12.45-1.45  LUNCH

 1.45-2.15 Prof. Norman Vance (Sussex) 'Language, Thought and University Wits'

2.15-2.45 Prof. Colin Kidd (St Andrew’s) 'The Ayrshire Enlightenment'

2.45-3.00 Tea & Coffee 

3.00-3.30 Round-table discussion


Workshops at the Burns Monument Centre

The Burns Monument Centre (Kilmarnock) has announced its series of Heritage Workshops - including one on Burns, featuring Professor Gerard Carruthers of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies.

For more information, see the Burns Monument Centre's website: http://bmc.burnsmonumentcentre.co.uk/upcoming-workshops/ 



Music in the University Lunchtime Concert

On Thursday 31 January the Centre for Robert Burns Studies will collaborate with some very special performers at the University of Glasgow.  See below for details of this free lunchtime concert:

Music in the University Lunchtime Concert Series: Jamie MacDougall (tenor), Sharon Griffiths (harp)

Date: Thursday 31 January 2013

Time:  13.10-14.00

Venue:  University of Glasgow Concert Hall, off University Avenue, G12 8QQ

Marking the birthday of national bard Robert Burns the programme features, in his centenary year, Benjamin Britten's song cycle 'A Birthday Hansel' written as a commission for the Queen Mother's 75th birthday in 1975.  The cycle includes Burns favourites 'A Rosebud by my early walk', 'Flow gently sweet Afton', and 'The winter it is past' - with Britten's altogether different and refreshing settings!  In collaboration with the University's Centre for Robert Burns Studies. 

We hope to see you there!  Please click Music in the University to download the programme for more information.



A Taste of Scotland, with The Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra

The Rotary Club of Motherwall and Wishaw present A Taste of Scotland, with the Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra, on 23 February at 7.30.  For more information click on A Taste of Scotland to download their flier. 


'Kilmarnock Edition' on iTunes-U

To mark St Andrew's Day, The Centre for Robert Burns Studies is very pleased to announce that we have launched recordings of speakers, and music performed by Bill Adair, from our recent 'Kilmarnock Edition' symposium, held in October 2012.  These are available on the University of Glagow's iTunes-U. 

To hear a series of talks by staff and colleagues of the Centre, please click here.

To hear some of Robert Burns's earliest songs performed by Bill Adair, please click here.

We hope you enjoy listening!



Annual One-Day Conference - 12 January 2013

'Robert Burns: At Home and Abroad'

We are delighted to announce that the Centre for Robert Burns Studies has finalised plans to host its annual one-day conference in January. 

'Robert Burns: At Home and Abroad' will take place in the Western Infirmary Lecture Theatre at the University of Glasgow, on Saturday 12 January 2013.  Prices are £25, or £15 for students.

To see a full programme of events, please click here to download the Burns At Home & Abroad Flier.

Please click here to download the Burns At Home & Abroad registration form.

We look forward to seeing you at this event!  For more information, please contact: RobertBurnsStudies@glasgow.ac.uk



2 October 2012

The Centre for Robert Burns Studies is delighted to announce the launch of the Burns database!

This eighteen-month project will result in the first ever database of Robert Burns manuscripts, produced by the Centre for Robert Burns Studies in collaboration with the National Burns Collection.  Click on the links below to view press attention given to this exciting new project by the BBC, the Daily Record and the Scotsman:

'Database Planned For Robert Burns Manuscripts' (BBC website)

'Digital Database with Works of Robert Burns to be Created' (the Daily Record)

'Robert Burns Manuscripts to be Stored in Digital Database' (the Scotsman)


Click on the link below to read a feature by the Arts and Humanities Research Council on the major project 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century':

'Robert Burns: a victim of his own popularity?' (AHRC)     


Obituary for Professor R D S Jack

Please find the Obituary for Professor R D S Jack, former Fellow of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, provided by Professor Patrick Scott, here.