National Trust for Scotland: Bachelors' Club

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When: 01 Jan - 31 Dec 2014

Cost: £3.50

Opening hours: 1am-5pm

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Burns formed a debating club here in 1780 and drew up the 10 Rules of Membership for the society. One rule stated that to be a member you had to be a bachelor living in the parish of Tarbolton, thus the property earning its name of the Bachelors' Club. Robert Burns was also initiated into Freemasonry in the upper room in 1781. Occupied by various families from the early 17th century up until 1928, the Bachelor's Club has now been restored to show how the building may have looked during the time of Burns. The lower floor, once the living quarters of John Richard and his family, re-creates a small 18th-century domestic interior. The upper floor is maintained as the meeting room and social space where Burns and his companions gathered to take dancing lessons and to participate in lively debate. This tradition is maintained by Burns Clubs and local people who still use the upper hall for an annual Burns Supper and for discussions and social occasions that continue in the spirit of Scotland's National Bard. Open 23 Mar to 30 Sep, Fri-Tues 1-5.


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Venue address

Bachelors' Club
Sandgate Street, Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5RB

Venue contact details

Tel: 0844 493 2146


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