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Date Posted: 17th November 2010

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Date Posted: 18th May 2009

I hereby give notice that the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator are satisfied that The Alamo Burns Club meets the charity test as laid out in sections 7 and 8 of the Charity and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

In particular, it has the following charitable purposes under the 2005 Act:

Section 7 (2) (b) The advancement of education

Section 7 (2) (g) the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science.

Therefore the Alamo Burns Club has been entered on the Scottish Charity Register with the charity number SC040487.

As a body entered on the register, The Alamo Burns Club may refer to itself as a ‘charity’, a ‘charitable body’, a ‘registered charity’ or a ‘charity registered in Scotland’. As the club is wholly managed in Scotland, it may also refer to itself as a ‘Scottish charity’ or a ‘registered Scottish charity’.



Tannahill Talk at the Alamo                                   

Date Posted: 2nd June 2008

The Alamo Burns Club were pleased to welcome Jim Ferguson back to the Alamo to deliver a talk on Paisleys world famous poet Robert Tannahill.

The talk is entitled “Robert Tannahill and Irish Song” and was very entertaining and well received by all in attendance.

Jim Ferguson is a poet and prose writer now living in Glasgow and is currently completing a PhD on Robert Tannahill at Glasgow University. Jim’s collection of poems 'the art of catching a bus and other poems' was published in Edinburgh, 1994, which is heartily recommended as a must read by the club. Jim Ferguson also penned a prize winning essay on "Robert Tannahill and Radicalism" which was entered in Blackwell's Literary Compass International Essay Competition.

It was a real privilege to have Jim present to the Alamo Burns Club and we all look forward to the next visit from the true Tannahill expert.

For the full text of the presentation please click here.


A massive vote of thanks goes to Jim Ferguson for the permission to publish the details of the talk and his wonderful presentation.

Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan in Western Australia

Date Posted: 4th August  2008

A Kirk is a Scottish word for Church and a Tartan is the traditional pattern of unevenly spaced stripes crossing at right angles woven into a woolen fabric that distinguishes the various Scottish Clans. Thus, the Kirkin' o' the Tartans is the traditional blessing of the tartans by the Clergy.

Following the failure of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 when the English at Culloden defeated the Jacobites, the Disarming Act of 1746 forbade the Scots from wearing their tartans. The traditional Clan System, with its representative tartans, was declared forbidden as troops loyal to the Duke of Cumberland and the House of Hanover ravaged the Scottish Highlands, searching out Jacobite supporters.

The legend goes the Highlanders hid swatches of tartan fabric among their clothing when they went to church, and at a predetermined time, they secretly touched their tartan material during the worship service.

With the coming of the 18th Century, many of these Scots faced the Highland Clearances. Thousands of Highland tenant farmers were forced into becoming pioneers in the New World as their former aristocratic lords drove them off their land, so that they could conduct the much more profitable business of raising sheep. The Highlander, losing many of these traditions, became a victim of the Industrial Revolution.

The Kirkin’ o' Tartans was revived during WWII by Reverend Peter Marshall, then the Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. To encourage Scottish Americans to sign up to fight on behalf of Great Britain, Peter Marshall recreated the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans ceremony in 1943 to try to instill pride among Scottish Americans in their Scottish homeland. The Kirkin' o' the Tartans ceremony was then held in Presbyterian churches across the USA. Today, the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans is not limited to Presbyterian Churches, but can be observed in other Protestant and Roman Catholic services where the ceremony is a great social occasion for people of Scottish origin to congregate and worship God all over the world

This years Kirkin’ O’ The Tartan in Western Australia can be seen in the images and order of service below. These have been kindly donated for publishing on this website by Isaac Caldwell from the Fremantle Burns Club of Western Australia , an associate member of the Alamo Burns Club. Thank  you Zeke!!

Text Box: Order of Service for the Kirkin’ O’ The Tartan.
29th July 2008

Local Pipe Band doing us proud!

The street procession to the Kirk.

Entering the Kirk (church) for the service.

Date Posted: 15th January 2011

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Opens

This years RIABC Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Fountain Gardens, Paisley, was a fantastic success. Hosted by the Alamo Burns Club Paisley, the Robert Burns World Federation’s president David Baird was in attendance along with the Provost for Renfrewshire, Ceila Lawson.

Representatives from all seven RIABC clubs were also in attendance; The Alamo Burns Club, Erskine Trusty Fieres Burns Club, Paisley Burns Club, Greenock Burns Club, Kilbarchan U.C.B.C, Gourock Burns Club, Jolly Beggars Burns Club.  For full pictures please see the photo gallery.

2010 Wreath Laying Commemorating the Death of Burns              Thursday 22nd July 2010

2011 Renfrewshire Regional Primary Schools Competition on  Tuesday 15th March 2011

Date Posted: 15th January 2011

The Renfrewshire & Inverclyde Association of Burns Clubs (RIABC) hold district primary schools competitions for the winners from each of the primary schools in the respective areas. The Renfrewshire competition will be held in Paisley’s School Wynd on Tuesday 15th March 2011. The competition consists of Recitation, Singing and Instrumental in two age groups, (P4 & P5) and (P6 & P7). Registration will be held from 9am to 10am and the competition was between 10am and 12:30pm.




The Renfrewshire winners will join with the winners of the Inverclyde competition to represent the RIABC team in the Robert Burns World Federation’s national finals to be held in Lockerbie on Saturday 14th May 2011.



2011 The Robert Burns World Federation Conference               9th, 10th, 11th September 2011

Date Posted: 25th February 2011

Welcome to Peebles

The high point of the Federation’s calendar is our Annual Conference and we are pleased to visit Peebles this year to enjoy this fine location set in the Tweed Valley.

Venue 2011

The Peebles Hydro Hotel is set in 30 beautiful acres, this indoor and outdoor resort is a hotel for all seasons and all ages. The hotel itself offers 2 restaurants, 24 hour room service and the relaxing cocktail bar. Full leisure facilities, with a swimming pool, spa, steam room, gymnasium, solarium, treatment rooms and games room. All bedrooms have private facilities, tea/coffee making facilities, colour television with sky, hairdryer and trouser press. There is complementary  parking for up to 300 cars.


The Conference fee is £185 per person exclusive of Saturday lunch which is an optional extra. All delegates must book accommodation directly with the hotel on 01721 720602 advising that you are attending the conference. Conference registration will be from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. All relevant conference documentation will be issued at this time. The Federation shop will be in operation on both Friday afternoon and Saturday morning after the AGM. Should they be required, Margaret Craig will issue delegates voting cards after registration.

Friday Evening

Fridays dinner will be informal. Time 6.00pm for 6.30pm John Caskie will MC varied entertainment.

AGM– Saturday Morning

It is proposed that the AGM will commence at 10.00am prompt. We hope to complete proceedings in good time for lunch thus allowing ample time for afternoon activities whilst still enabling delegates to fully express their opinions. Lunch on Saturday is optional, a soup and sandwich lunch in the restaurant is available at an additional £10. Chris Rollie and Angus M iddleton will conduct a seminar on some aspect of the Bards works at 2pm.

Saturday Inaugural Dinner

Dinner will be at 6pm for 6:30pm allowing time for the formalities prior to serving the meal at 7pm. Seating plans will be issued and we would ask that your abide by them since place cards will also be on the tables. Following the timetable we would hope to finish the formal dinner by 9;30pm. The evening will continue with dancing from Shindig, who performed so well in Aberdeen. Would delegates please ensure that when completing application forms that you state if vegetarian, gluten free, diabetic, or other dietary needs.

Sunday Morning Worship will be held in the hotel at 11am.


Please Note:

Accommodation to be booked directly with Peebles Hydro Hotel on 01721 720602. Peebles Hydro Hotel, Inverleithen Road, Peebles. EH45 8LX  Email;

The new £21m Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (RBBM) has been unveiled by the National Trust of Scotland (NTS) in Alloway, Ayrshire.

A 500sq m (5,382sq ft) exhibition space includes four areas - Identity, Inspiration, Fame and Creative Work - to explore the bard's life.

The museum, which replaces the former Burns National Heritage Park, brings together a number of sites in Alloway with a connection to Burns.

NTS has worked to ensure the Scots language is given a prominent role at the attraction, while eco-friendly measures have also been used in its construction.

Events Communication (lead designer) and Border Construction are among the firms to have worked on the development of RBBM, which received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government.

Arnaud Schwartz of architects Simpson and Brown and London-based Spiral Productions have also been involved with the scheme.

NTS chief executive Kate Mavor said: "It is a world class visitor destination that will draw Burns enthusiasts from around the globe and it has set the standard for Trust properties for the future."

RBBM director Nat Edwards added: "Our aim is to provide a modern and relevant interpretation of Burns that will intrigue visitors of all ages, whether they are lifelong Burns enthusiasts or completely new to his work."