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Our Lifelong Learning remit is achieved through, carefully designed responses including learning packs, schools competitions, with resources and specific projects.



From Burns Suppers, through St Andrew's Nights and Festivals we encourage and develop celebratory and commemorative responses to the legacy of ROBERT BURNS, Scottish Language and Culture.



We research, protect and ensure that our contribution to the living heritage of Scottish Culture is promoted in Scotland and across the world.


Commitment to excellence

The Work we do 

the federation is involved in many projects worldwide

The Mission is to advance the knowledge and education of people, in Scotland and internationally, about the life, poetry and works of Robert Burns and the Scottish Language.


Some of the Work Undertaken 

Every year in conjunction with Edinburgh University Press, the Federation compiles a new Burns Chronicle. A document of great value which exemplifies the scholarly work of the editorial panel and the contributors who submit new research. Published by Edinburgh University Press, is one of the oldest continuing literary publications in Scotland commencing in 1892.  It carries articles associated with the works of Burns. Distributed to all affiliated Club Secretaries, Individual & Family members, Schools and Corporate members, Patrons and Sponsors. This document is recognised as an authoritative source of academic information via many libraries at home and internationally.


Our Story

Thinking about Robert Burns

Volunteers and visitors about to go round the Kilmarnock Burns Trail during the Summer Festival.

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Our Philosophy

Robert Burns 1st Edition Summer Festival

Over the summer month of July the Federation is involved in organising a Festival to mark the publication of the Kilmarnock 1st Edition of the poetry of Robert Burns. Getting bigger and better every year.


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Thomas Tunnock Learning Centre



D&G Life Issue 180. World Burns Federation Event: Kate Kaye and Jane Brown
Project Name

Former Young Burnsian - Liam Kearney (2019)


Defibrilator Installation

D&G Life Issue 180. World Burns Federation Event: The Grennock Burns Club

Burns Club Celebration


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New Items are added


Red, Red Rose


Annandale Distillery are the chief sponsors of the Federation

The People Involved

To ensure the Federation is effective it takes good people:

Listed below are some of the people involved in the Robert Burns World Federation.


Our reason and purpose

A poet of vision, love and social conscience. A human being who cared abut the world he lived in and sought to make it better.


Sir Geoff Palmer

1st RBWF Ambassador In 2021 Sir Geoff Palmer was made the first Ambassador for the Federation due to his love of the world of Robert Burns . In 2022 he received the Edinburgh Award for his humanitarian services.



Our Team

The Federation is managed by a team of voluntary Directors and Trustees with our one member of staff.


 Margaretann Dougall

 Business Manager

 Margaretann is the working heart of the Federation. Based at the headquarters in Kilmarnock, hers is the welcoming face, always ready with advice and support for Burnsians.


Neil McNair






Neil McNair

President / Sponsorship

Neil has been active in seeking sponsorship of the Federation in allowing it to thrive and grow. As the incoming President he is bringing a fresh outlook to the business of the Federation.







     Peter Pringle

Senior Vice President

Peter has taken on the role of Literature Convenor and hopes to develop this arena, through the purchasing of books for the library and reviewing new books.






Alan Beck

Marketing/Past President

Alan is very involved in ensuring the positive message of the Federation is taken worldwide as an Ambassador.

Marc Sherland

Events / Web / Merchandising / Editor of 'The Vision'

Ensuring we are a responsive organisation, capable of vision and ensuring we serve our world wide membership. 


Details of the other Directors can be found on the Board information page.

Conference News

Next year the Federation Conference will be held in Irvine, Scotland, over a weekend in September 2024. Booking details will be posted in due course.


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With our mission to educate, promote and celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns, Scottish literature and Culture, we know we have a huge undertaking to succeed within.