Robert Burns

Robert Burns and Coldstream

Robert Burns, Scotland's national bard, visited Coldstream in May 1787 and the details of his visit are well-documented. He crossed over into England with his good friend Robert Ainslie (whose family lived in Duns) and recited part of the 'Cotter's Saturday Night' at the English side of Coldstream Bridge. The local Burns Club has it's annual bridge ceremony in May each year to commemorate this and has installed an interpretation board at the top of the brae beside the small car parking area, up from Coldstream bridge and 75 yards from Charlie's Monument. Visitors stopping for a look will be impressed. Any queries on this, please contact the Burns Club secretary, John Elliot, on 01890-882176.