A pint of Haggis and a couple of Fags. Mate
A kind (English) friend has just sent me this story from the BBC here
(so it must be true) giving the origins of Haggis as an English dish and only taken up by Burns and Co after the English had dropped it from the national menu for, I am sure, very good reasons. Not everyone seems convinced and indeed Mr Patrick, the 'Champion Scottish Haggis Maker' says with some indignation :
" the idea haggis originated in England was akin to claims by the Dutch and Chinese to have invented golf"
He added: "Anything that's to do with Scotland, everybody wants to get a part of"
(One can think of some exceptions, but let it go. Nor do I want to get into another controversy (well I do, but later) about the English inventing baseball which now seems to be an open and shut case as you can read here
If true it might solve one historical conundrum. Why did Burns make his famous visit to England from Coldstream and then return never to go again? Who did he meet during his brief stay. (Cornhill Scotland's favourite very short stay destination?) We may never know whom he met but we do know now what he brought back with himThe recipe for Haggis
Isn't wonderful how now and again all the pieces fit together!
Labels: Burns, English invented Haggis and Baseball, Haggis.