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January 25, 2019
Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796)

Scotland, Canada Celebrate Robbie Burns Day

January 25th marks the birth of Scotland's national poet and warrants Scottish pride and ceremony throughout its nation and diaspora, notably in Canada. The McEuen Scholarship Foundation has no doubt been witness and orchestrator of many celebrations of the bard, from when sailors were housed in Montreal and Tremblant until today, when scholars are surely feasting on haggis in St. Andrews.

If you're interested in celebrating at home, you'll find a handy running order here .

The McEuen Scholarship Foundation wishes you a warm and festive Robbie Burns day.
Read and Hear Burns' works on the BBC

A list of Canadian Robert Burns staues
(If you wish to pay the man a visit)


Edmonton – statue in bronze of Burns kneeling, in the grounds of the Hotel MacDonald by John Warner.
Fredericton– statue on the Green, by the banks of the Saint John River, across from the Provincial Legislature. The Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew sponsored the erection in the Kilmarnock style in 1906. Absent from 2008 to 2011, the statue has been remodelled for flood-proofing.

Halifax– statue erected in 1919 by the North British Society. 

Montreal – statue in Dominion Square, erected 1930. 

Toronto – the erect Burns in brass is on top of a light granite plinth in Allan Gardens. Erected 21 July 1902, 'to the memory of the poet by his admirers'. Scenes reflecting The cotter's Friday night (1785), Tam O'Shanter John Anderson my jo, and possibly, To a mountain daisy (1786).

Vancouver – statue in Stanley Park.

Victoria – near the southern car park in Beacon Hill Park, this is one of the more unusual Burns statues – as he sits, almost kneeling, with his arm around Highland Mary. In the grey granite plinth front face, beneath a rampant lion upon a shield, is inscribed 'To the memory of Scotia'a immortal bard. Born 1759. Erected by his admirers 1900.'. Going clockwise from the front panel, an inscription 'The golden hours, on angel wings flew o'er me and my dearie;' above a lion's head drinking basin, a shield with the saltire, and a coloured framed picture of the bard (perhaps added after erection) with the words above, 'For dear to me as light and life was my sweet Highland Mary.

Windsor – large bronze bust presented to the City of Windsor by The Border Cities Burns Club in June 1952. Located on the east side of Jackson Park, beside the parking lot.

Winnipeg – statue in the grounds of the Provincial Legislature, on Kennedy Street. It was erected in 1936 by the Winnipeg Burns Club.
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Thank you to our 2018 donors to date:

Cynthia Carsley and Vincent Lacroix, parents of 2018 Scholar Katherine Lacroix
Dr. Jeannie Callum, mother of 2017 Scholar Malcolm Risk
John Aylen
Sandra MacPherson

Are you in touch with any of these past winners of the McEuen Scholarship? If so, please pass this on and encourage them to contact us to get on our email list and join our Facebook page.


1978 Robert A. MacLean

1981 Mary C. Hunisett-Stewart

1982 Catherine Joy Archibald

1984 James Maitland Campbell

1986 Brenda Susan Rapley

1987 Margaret Rhiannon Purdy (Purdie)

1991 Hannah Cathleen Grant

1992 Suzanne M. Neilson

1993 James Alexander Irvine

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