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 Then let us pray that come it may, as come it will for a' that
that sense and worth o'er a' the earth, shall bear the gree an' that
For a' that an' a' that,
it's comin' yet for a' that
that man tae man the world o'er, shall Brithers be for a' that.

burnsBridgeton Burns Club  
is one of the oldest and most active with a national and international reputation. It is reputed to be one of the largest in the world

A shopkeeper, John Wilson invited three of his friends to a supper prepared by his wife in his backshop at No.13 Main Street, Bridgeton on 25th January 1870 to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the bard. The initial Anniversary Supper of the Bridgeton Burns Club was held on 25th January 1871 in Bridgeton’s Murdoch Hall, Main Street, (sadly now demolished).  T
he first President, John Wilson, in company with a group of like minded enthusiasts, many of whom boasted either membership or close association with Bridgeton Bowling Club attended the initial anniversary supper..
From this modest beginning the club increased in numbers and by the turn of the century there was over 300 members!

The club has 900 plus members on the roll and its anniversary dinner each year has an attendance of almost 700 members and their guests, with a waiting list for tickets.

Bridgeton Burns Club aims:
From the outset, the educational ambitions of the Club were clearly in evidence, a commitment clearly stated in the printed rules and objects of the Club, the latter requiring the… "…endeavour, through DONATION, SUBSCRIPTION and other MEANS to establish a fund for the encouragement of the KNOWLEDGE and CULTIVATION of SCOTTISH LITERATURE amongst the children of members, with a view ultimately to found scholarships… and… bursaries at the University, for meritorious Pupils selected from the Bridgeton Elementary Schools, who shall excel in a competitive examination on a portion of Scottish literature previously indicated by the Club.”
To this day the Directorship of the Bridgeton Burns Club has not deviated from the principle embodied in the original and admirable objects as testified by the programme of events organised by the Club’s 14 strong and extremely active Board, which meets formally each month from September until May, but operates at sub committee level throughout the entire year.  The Board has also established The Bridgeton Burns Club Fund for The Arts.

The principal aim of the Bridgeton Burns Club in celebrating the life and works of ROBERT BURNS is to introduce his songs and poetry to the young people of Glasgow
This is carried out by organising a competition for the children of the schools in the East-end of Glasgow. The schools competition began in 1876 with just two or three schools from the east-end, this has developed to over 50 schools.
Hundreds of children participate in this event and in December 2002 an incredible 750 young people took part!
When I was a boy in Bridgeton in the 1950's-70's this was held in Bridgeton Public Halls and I can still fondly remember going there with the school...a lasting memory. It then moved to John Street secondary School and when that school sadly closed the event moved to the  local secondary school, St.Mungo's Academy in Crownpoint Road, Bridgeton. 
A number of trophies and prizes are awarded to the winning entrants, many of which are cherished in later life. A concert is held in February and the various winners perform on stage in front of an audience of about 1000!
The club owes a great debt of gratitude to the school teachers whose work in helping the children prepare and then bringing them to the event on the night, allows the work of the club to succeed. Maybe with this mind The Club established its second aim......

The second aim is that when sufficient funds are available, children of the East-end schools who wish to go to University or College to study Scottish Literature or music and were of needy circumstances could be awarded a bursary to help them financially. 
This scheme came to fruition in the early 1990's. The Bridgeton Burns Club Fund for the Arts was instituted as a registered charity. The scope has been enlarged to include Drama and other Scottish interests.

Glasgow's Lord Provost's Award 2002.
The Lord Provost's Award is given each year to mark the contribution by an individual or an organisation to the well being of Glasgow and its people.
The 2002 award I am delighted to tell you was awarded to
Bridgeton Burns Club for its contribution to the education and well being of the children of the East-end of Glasgow.

It is a remarkable fact and one worthy of mention, that the Pipe Band of the
278th Boys Brigade
Company, from Netherlee Parish Church, Glasgow,
has entertained the Bridgeton Burns Club's members and their guests at
their anniversary dinner since 1977.


Bridgeton Burns Club contact details:-


Bridgeton Burns Club official website

  old premises 23 McPhail Street, Bridgeton
I am lover of the works of the Bard and annually attend and perform at half-a-dozen Burns Suppers, I am sure my love of his music and a love of my country was sown in those early Dalmarnock Primary School visits to Bridgeton Public Halls.........
thank you Bridgeton Burns Club.......webmaister.


1904 Bridgeton Burns Club medal

'Bridgeton Burns Club'
medal from
1904 uncovered !

      ( click on medal )

John Street Senior Secondary School photograph Burn's choir 1946


Webmaister's certificate


Bridgeton Burns Club Certificate

 School's certificates


Bridgeton Cross Memorial



PiggeryBraeBurns Suppers some details and read about my folk band........ PiggeryBrae !



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