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Batchelors' Club, Tarbolton

Introduction:
On 11 November 1780, Robert Burns and some friends formed a debating society which they named The Batchelors' Club. Their aims were to 'forget their cares and labour in mirth and diversion', to promote friendship and to improve their minds with meaningful debate. The club met regularly.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
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Project:
275:National Trust for Scotland Resources 1
Material:
Thatched roof
What:
The Batchelors' Club, where Robert Burns formed a debating club.
Subject:
The building has been refurbished by the Trust. The upper floor is a meeting place once more and every January a company of locals and famous guests sit down to a Burns Supper where the poet danced, debated and took his first steps in Freemasonry. Burns left the area and club in 1784.
Who:
Robert Burns (creator)
When:
18th century
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The building has been refurbished by the Trust. The upper floor is a meeting place once more and every January a company of locals and famous guests sit down to a Burns Supper where the poet danced, debated and took his first steps in Freemasonry. Burns left the area and club in 1784.
Description:
In 1782 they bought a book in which they recorded the 'History of the Rise, Proceedings and Regulations of The Batchelors' Club'. The wording of the club's history and regulations, the choice and wording of the subjects for debate and the very concept of the club itself, were obviously the work of Robert Burns.