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The Bachelors' Club, Tarbolton (1)

Introduction:
This is an exterior view of John Richard's alehouse in Tarbolton. It was used as Robert Burns' Bachelors' Club, when the poet his brother and five others met there between 1780 and 1784 'to forget their cares and labour in mirth and diversion'. The room they met in was reached by and outside stair and was sometimes used for dancing.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BAC 002
Project:
674:Images in Trust
What:
The Bacherlors' Club
Subject:
After Burns left Tarbolton in 1784 the club carried on for few years but without his talents and inspiration it declined and was disbanded. The alehouse that housed The Bachelors' Club was scheduled for demolition in 1938, however The National Trust for Scotland purchased it. The building was then renovated and the upper floor was refurbished as a meeting place once more, and locals and famous guests sit down to a Burns Supper where the poet danced, debated and took his first steps in Freemasonry.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
When:
1780 (formed)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
After Burns left Tarbolton in 1784 the club carried on for few years but without his talents and inspiration it declined and was disbanded. The alehouse that housed The Bachelors' Club was scheduled for demolition in 1938, however The National Trust for Scotland purchased it. The building was then renovated and the upper floor was refurbished as a meeting place once more, and locals and famous guests sit down to a Burns Supper where the poet danced, debated and took his first steps in Freemasonry.
Description:
The Bachelors' Club bought a book in 1782 in which they set out the 'History of the Rise, Proceedings and Regulations of the Bachelors' Club'. The club had ten elaborate rules the last of which said in part: 'Every man proper for a member of this society, must have a frank honest, open heart; above anything dirty or mean, and must be a professed lover of one or more of the female sex ...'.