Welcome to the RBSA!

Robert Burns Society of Annapolis is an association dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of the life, works and philosophy of Scotland’s National Bard

– Robert Burns, and to promote Scottish culture and heritage in North America.

The Robert Burns Society of Annapolis is a member of The Robert Burns Association of North America (RBANA) and is a member of the World Federation.

We sponsor several events over the course of the year including:

  • Robert Burns Night Dinner
  • Jolly Beggars Poetry Readings
  • Fundraising Dinners
  • An Evening cruise on the Schooner Woodwind
  • Potluck Dinners
  • Concert Events
  • Parades
  • Kirkin’ of the Tartan at Annapolis Presbyterian Church

2021 Robert Burns Supper – Announcement

It may come as no surprise to people, but large gatherings of people aren’t really allowed in Annapolis at the moment. Back in July we made a decision not to have a 2021 Burns Supper in order to preserve the health and well-being of our friends, family and fellow Scots.

Robert Burns himself died of complications of Rheumatic Fever, a respiratory disease that killed hundreds in his day annually. This particular pandemic is killing thousands daily.

Therefore, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hogmanay, and extend our warmest prayers for your health and happiness in the coming year. We shall see you in 2022!


2020 Robert Burns Supper Information

Robert Burns Society of Annapolis Burns Night Supper 2020

You can make reservations NOW!
Look down at the bottom of the page to see how!.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Annapolis Elks Lodge, No. 622
2 Pythian Drive
Annapolis, Md

Visit Scotland for the Evening! Robert Burns is the only poet in the world who has his birthday celebrated each year, around the world.


6:00 pm Social Hour & Cash Bar
7:00 pm Ceremonies Begin & Dinner Follows

Elements of the evening:

  • Address to the Haggis
  • Toast to the Lassies & Reply
  • Scottish Fare
  • Silent Auction
  • Bag Pipe Music
  • Immortal Memory Address
  • Entertainment
  • Singing
  • Poetry
  • Raffle Drawing

Formal Attire. Kilts are encouraged, but not required.
For more information: See us on Facebook.

For Tickets and Reservations contact
Phone: Karolyn St. Clair – 410-721-7550


We are getting ready to Eat! Again!

Killarney House Fundraising Dinner

Hosted by Robert Burns Society of Annapolis

Please call the restaurant (410-798-8700) to make reservations and Mention Robert Burns Society!

Killarney House, Davidsonville, MD

What else happened on that day? (like we needed a reason to eat…)

September 23, 704: St Adamnan died. St Adamnan was the successor to Columba as the Abbot of Iona and, in about 690, he wrote ‘Life of Columba’ which described in detail the life of his predecessor, many of them crediting Columba with performing miracles. As such Adamnan helped to establish the cult of Columba.

Although he is primarily remembered as Columba’s biographer, he seems to have had a large impact on the spread of Christianity, particularly in the Pictish lands of the North East. He also drew up the ‘Law of Innocents’ which attempted to protect women, children and those in Holy Orders from war. Iona Abbey Admanan managed to get this agreement signed by the Irish Kings as well as those of the Dalriada and Picts. In his time, he was probably as important as Columba, but by so effectively establishing the historical reputation and cult of Columba, his contribution is now somewhat overlooked.

September 23, 1678: The Earl of Mar was commissioned to raise a regiment nicknamed “Earl of Mar’s Gray Breeks” which later became the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

September 23, 1779: The Battle of Flamborough Head takes place off Yorkshire between ships of the American Continental Navy commanded by John Paul Jones and Royal Navy ships protecting a merchant convoy.

September 23, 1880: John Boyd Orr, Nobel Peace prize winner in 1949, was born in Kilmaurs, Ayrshire. Orr studied at Glasgow University before being appointed as director of a nutritional research unit near Aberdeen.

However, when the war broke out Boyd Orr joined the army, where he won the MC and the DSC before joining the Royal Navy. He was an advisor to the government on nutrition during the Second World War, and in 1945 he was appointed Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. He argued for an international food policy based on need rather than trade but failed to persuade the FAO to set up an international body to supervise food production. Orr was knighted in 1932, granted a baronety in 1949 and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961- only the second awarded to a Scot.


Natterjacks House Concert

The Robert Burns Society of Annapolis will be hosting a Celtic House Concert on Saturday, June 29th, 2019. This event will be held at the home of Karolyn and George St Clair in Crofton and begins at 2:00pm. You can email Heather Ackroyd to get directions and details.

Musicians are with the Natterjacks Band and will perform music from English, Celtic, and maritime traditions. These experienced musicians have also played with others bands, including The Pyrates Royale and The O’Danny Girls. Music will be pleasing to the ear and band members will be playing on a variety of instruments: guitar, violin, hammered dulcimer, concertina, flute, and percussion. A chorus of lush vocal harmonies will make for a rich and innovative sound.

Bring your friends and family for an enjoyable and relaxing afternoon of fun music and socializing. Light refreshments will be included.

Suggested donation $25.00 per person attending.

For more details, including the full address, please message us on our Facebook page or email Heather Ackroyd.


The Robert Burns Society of Annapolis’ “Burns Supper” 2019

On Saturday, January 25, 2019, The Robert Burns Society of Annapolis will honor the life and legacy of Scotland’s most famous poet with its 40th annual “Burns Supper.”  The event will take place at 6 pm at the Annapolis Elks Lodge No. 622, at

2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD.

The evening will feature traditional Scottish cuisine, a silent auction, raffle, and entertainment including music and poetry that honors Burns’ legacy. In his short life (1759 – 1796), Burns wrote hundreds of poems, including the well-loved New Year’s favorite “Auld Lang Syne.”

The menu will include a choice of entree, green salad, twice-baked potatoes, vegetables, rolls and dessert. In true Scottish tradition, guests can also nosh on haggis and “neeps and tatties” (turnips and potatoes).

The cost is $49. for RBSA members and $59. for nonmembers. Dress is semi-formal. The wearing of kilts and tartan is encouraged, but not required.

Web site for the Burns Society is and photos of previous Suppers can be seen there.

For tickets or information contact Karolyn St. Clair at 410-721-7550 or

Or DOWNLOAD and return this flyer

Deadline for reservations is Monday, January 21, 2019.


The Robert Burns Society of Annapolis’ “Burns Supper” 2018

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, The Robert Burns Society of Annapolis will honor the life and legacy of Scotland’s most famous poet with its 40th annual “Burns Supper.”  The event will take place at 6 pm at the Annapolis Elks Lodge No. 622, at 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. The evening will feature traditional Scottish cuisine, a silent… Continue reading The Robert Burns Society of Annapolis’ “Burns Supper” 2018