Robert Burns World Federation President visits Scotch
On 25 May Dr Peter Hughes, President of the Robert Burns World Federation, visited Scotch in the company of Council Chairman, Hon Dr David Kemp (’59) and School Bursar, Ross Congleton (’76).
Dr Hughes said he was most impressed with the school and its facilities. ‘The atmosphere is so positive,’ he said, ‘and the location is so inspiring that it is not surprising that those attending such a great institution must feel very proud and uplifted.’
Visiting the school’s exceptional collection of works by and about the Scottish poet Robert Burns, the gift of J T Picken, Dr Hughes took great pleasure in the many examples of the school’s Scottish heritage. This included the Littlejohn Chapel’s detailing and other buildings, including the soon-to-be completed Sir Zelman Cowen Centre for Science, Memorial Hall, the Cadets and Pipes and Drums, and of course the Burns Collection itself. ‘The strong Scottish links are amazing,’ he said.
Dr Hughes noted that Scotch had items of literature on Robert Burns that were not even in the collection of the World Federation, and he was fascinated by a very early Kilmarnock edition of Burns’ poems. When he saw the painting of the poet in the foyer of the Randall Building, he put on his chain of office to mark the occasion.
The poetry of Robert Burns – the author of the Address to the Haggis and Auld Lang Syne among many famous works — is often heard at Scotch functions, especially those of the Old Scotch Collegians’ Association.
ABOVE: SCHOOL COUNCIL CHAIRMAN HON DR DAVID KEMP (’59, LEFT) WITH DR PETER HUGHES, PRESIDENT OF THE ROBERT BURNS WORLD FEDERATION, AND SCHOOL BURSAR, ROSS CONGLETON (’76).