Souter Johnnie's Cottage
The Bachelors' Club→
A Short History of Robert
Death and Doctor Hornbook
On the late Captain Grose’s Peregrinations
'The Antiquities of Scotland' by Captain Grose
I always thought the Bachelors' Club was a
building; a clubhouse. It is not. John Richard of Tarbolton knocked
through the two rooms on the first floor of is house in Tarbolton to
make one sizable room and hired out the room to to anyone who needed
it. It was used for amongst other things; dancing lessons, Freemasonry
meetings and the debating society which became the Bachelors' Club.
The Bachelors' Club was founded by Robert
Burns, David Sillar and Robert's brother, Gilbert as a debating
society in the village of Tarbolton. The club had an elaborate set of
Burns was initiated into Freemasonry here
and attended dancing lessons (much to the disgust of his father, William).
Do read the poem, Death and Dr. Hornbook.
It's not just a superb poem but it links Tarbolton, Burns and the
Bachelors' Club together very well.