Burns remembered where he stopped

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LOCAL people played their part in a ceremony remembering the national bard Robert Burns on Sunday.

Dr Rusty Smith, president of Arbroath Burns Club, and seven members of the club, attended the unveiling of a new plaque to the memory of four Hillside men who dedicated the original plaque in 1930 to Robert Burns, where he stopped to water his horse in 1787.

Dr Smith gave a reading from the diary of Robert Burns and the part which Arbroath played in his Highland tour of 1787.

Entries read:

Thursday 13th September 1787

Leave Montrose, breakfast at Auchmithie, and sail along that wild, rocky coast, and see the famous caverns, particularly the Gairiepot - land and dine at the White Hart Inn, Arbroath - stood in the stately ruins of Arbroath Abbey - on to Dundee.

Friday 14th September 1787

Breakfast with the Miss Scotts - Mr Mitchell an honest clergyman - Mr Bruce another, but pleasant, agreeable and engaging; the first from Aberlemno, the second from Forfar. Miss Bess Scott like Mrs Greenfield - my bardship almost in love with her.”

Well-known entertainer Alan Mowatt gave a powerful rendition of the Star o’ Rabbie Burns at the Hillside event, with a 50 strong chorus of Burns enthusiasts from Aberdeenshire to Arbroath.