Happy Robbie Burns Day!


The Scottish poet, Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in the “auld cley biggin” that is now known as Burns Cottage. His birth is celebrated today throughout the world as Burns Night, with Burns Suppers, poems and songs.

There will be many dinners tonight to celebrate the world’s most famous Scot, Robbie Burns, a poet whose song Auld Lang Syne is one of the most popular songs in the English-speaking world, up there with Happy Birthday and For he’s a Jolly Good Fellow.

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M.W. Turner’s 1822 painting, The Battle of Trafalgar

My dad Jack Haliburton’s side of the family were Scots whose family can be traced back to the 1400s to Lord Walter Haliburton, who owned a castle in Dirleton, Scotland. My mother’s family, who were from the Isle of Arran in Scotland, were given land in Canada (what is now New Brunswick) to reward them for fighting in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 with Lord Nelson; the famous ship battle defeated the French-Spanish fleet, which lost twenty-two ships, without a single British vessel being lost.

Scots transplanted in Canada often sing this Burn’s song:

My Heart’s In The Highlands

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here, 
My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer; 
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, 
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North, 
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth ; 
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, 
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love. 

Farewell to the mountains, high-cover'd with snow, 
Farewell to the straths and green vallies below; 
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods, 
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods. 

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here, 
My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer; 
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, 
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.

Desigual Escocia shirt, $124. Size L photo by Desigual

To celebrate the great Scot, we have this Desigual shirt called Escocia (spanish for Scotland) on special this weekend (left).

And here’s a nice red plaid shirt (with corduroy cuffs and collar) called Piña, which was $124 but is on sale for $99 this weekend:


Angel Vancouver has the largest selection in Vancouver of the Bacelona-based Desigual clothing line for men, women and kids. We recently received a new Desigual shipment that included a number of fall coats and sweaters for women, plus Desigual shoes,  boots and some colourful rain boots. We ship worldwide.

And here’s a sneak preview of a Desigual men’s T-shirt for spring 2014, which should be arriving soon. It’s called Monkey 3D:Desigual.men.Monkey3D.Tshirt.41T1472_5037.SS2014

If you’re looking for a custom hand-painted shirt, call Angel @ (604) 681-0947 or email jackie@angelpaint.com

And Click here to read about a shirt I painted for actress Dakota Fanning.

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Desigual’s slogan is La Vida es Chula (Life is Cool)! La.Vida.es.Chula-2013

Today’s music is a Robbie Burns song, A Red Red Rose:

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3 Responses to Happy Robbie Burns Day!

  1. I nominated you for Liebster award 🙂


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