Scottish tradition celebrates Robert Burns birthday Jan. 23 at MC

January 13, 2004
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
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Maryville College will join Scotland and those of Scottish ancestry Jan. 23 as the campus community celebrates a long-time Scottish tradition, the annual Robert Burns Dinner.

Burns, one of Scotland's favorite sons, was a poet, writer and composer during the late 1700s. The Scots traditionally celebrate his life and work on, or close to Jan. 25, the bard's birthday. The Maryville College celebration will include traditional bagpipe music, Highland dress (kilts), and haggis – a dinner casserole of mixed meats, oats and winter vegetables. It is customary for guests to participate by reading, reciting or singing their favorite Burns works and toasting his immortal memory.

WHO: Students, faculty and staff from Maryville College. (

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.