The Bards of ‘Let it Blaw’

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At a Committee Meeting of the Balerno Burns Club on 19th December 1887, George Y. Robertson was appointed as the Club’s first Bard. The role of the Bard has changed a bit over the years but remains an important responsibility with today’s Oration often referring to a matter (or matters) of significance over the previous year. It can be as serious, or as humorous, as the Bard chooses to make it. 

Only ten members of ‘Let it Blaw’ have been honoured as Club Bard since George Y. Robertson performed the Bard’s duties at the 1888 Supper.

1888,   1891,  1892,  1893,  1894,  1895,  1896,  1897,  1898,  1899,  1900,  1901
1903,  1904,  1905,  1906,  1907,  1908,  1911,  1912,  1913  

 Due to the conscientious work of Club Secretary John Fairbairn,

the Bard’s Oration of 1891 has survived and is available to read by clicking the link below.  

                    1891 – “Ragged Rhymes
        Greetings to Colinton Burns Club – 1908
1889,  1890
1902,  1910,  1914,  1915,  1916,  1917,  1918,  1919 
In October 2013, a copy of John Davidson’s “Bard’s Oration” from 1910 was found in old papers. This gem of ‘Let it Blaw’ history highlights how our Club has changed very little over the years. The last verse also appears to confirm Willie Shanks’ explanation of the name “Let it Blaw” coming from an outburst of one of the Founder Members at that first meeting. Take a minute to read how things were done in 1910. Does it all sound a bit familiar ? 
               1910 – “A Crack tae the Club”

 

1909
 No Bard’s Orations from the hand of George Shiels have survived. However, one of his poems written in tribute to one of the Founder Members of ‘Let it Blaw’ is still with us and can be viewed by clicking on the link below. 
                          Tribute to William Garlick of Hannahfield

  

1920,  1921,  1922,  1923,  1924,  1925,  1926,  1927,  1928,  1929,  1930

 

James Orr

1931 ,  1932,  1933,  1934,  1935,  1936,  1937

  

1965,  1966,  1967,  1968,  1969,  1970,  1971,  1972,  1973,  1974,  1975,  1976,  1977,  1978,
1979,  1980,  1981,  1982,  1983,  1984,  1985,  1986,  1987,  1988,  1989,
1990,  1991,  1992,  1993,  1994,  1995  

  

            1975 – ” The Village Ha’ “
1996,  1997,  1998,  1999,  2000  

 

               1995 – “Willie Shanks BEM”
               1996 – “Letter Frae America”
               1999 – “The Supper”
               2000 – “The Millennium”

 

2001,  2002,  2003,  2004,  2005,  2006,  2007
2008,  2009,  2010,  2011,  2012 

  

        2002 – “Bard’s Eye View”            
        2003 – “Ode tae the Burns Supper”
        2006 – “Coming to terms with Reality”
        2009 – “The Broons”
        2011 – “Blame the Bloody Trams”
        2012 – “Referendum Day”       
2013,  2014,  2015,  2016,  2017,  2018 

         2013 – “Nineteen Eighty-Four”
         2014 – “Some Things are Right Worthy o’ Thought”
         2015 – “The ’45 Rebellion”
         2016 – “The New P. A. System”
         2017 – “Union Blues” 
         2018 – “Toast to Let it Blaw”

 

2019

2019   The AGM