Bachelors’ Club has been restored to show how the building may have looked during Burns’s time.
This two-room house where Burns and his peers would meet regularly ‘to forget their cares and labour in mirth and diversion’ has its share of stories.
The lower floor, where alehouse owner John Richard and his family lived, recreates a typical 18th-century domestic scene. There are period furnishings and interesting household items, including a cobbler’s last and nursing chair.
The upstairs room has a special atmosphere of its own. The club’s 10 Rules of Membership are on display and our knowledgeable guides will be more than happy to explain them and regale you with tales of Burns’s early life. Visitors will feel themselves being spirited back to the time when Burns and his young friends would get wrapped up in the big issues of the day.
The upper floor is still used as a meeting room and social space by Burns Clubs and local groups, as well as being the setting for an annual Burns Supper. All maintaining the tradition of lively minds discussing and socialising in the spirit of Scotland’s most loved literary icon.
Did you know?
The Bachelors' Club was occupied by various families from the early 17th century up until 1928