‘And there's a hand, my trusty fiere And gie's a hand o' thine’
The award-winning Globe Inn – Robert Burns’ “favourite howff” - and Annandale Distillery have been announced as the first corporate supporters of Ellisland Museum & Farm – ‘The Rural home of Robert Burns’, in an historic agreement beginning January 1, 2022.
“We are very pleased to be the first corporate sponsor for Ellisland Farm, which Robert Burns built as his first marital home with Jean Armour, and where he wrote some of his most famous works, including Auld Lang Syne, and Tam O’Shanter” says Professor David Thomson, Co-Custodian of The Globe Inn and Annandale Distillery, and an ambassador of The Robert Burns World Federation.
“All three venues - Ellisland, The Globe Inn and Annandale Distillery - have amazing stories to tell and the start of Scotland’s Year of Stories is the perfect time to work together and get those stories heard by a wider audience.”
Teresa Church, Co-Custodian of Annandale Distillery & The Globe Inn, adds: “Burns tourism is worth more than £20million to the economy of Dumfries & Galloway each year and we believe this will only grow as tourism returns to pre-pandemic levels. By working with Ellisland Museum and Farm in what will be the 226th year since Burns’ passing, we are showing that we support their plans to not only preserve and develop one of the most important Burns sites, but also to grow and introduce Burns to new audiences – young, old, local, national and international - which will increase visitor footfall to our amazing region.
Joan McAlpine, Business Manager of Ellisland Museum and Farm added “"We are very grateful to Annandale Distillery and the Globe Inn for their support and partnership. Annandale Distillery and the Globe Inn lead the way in Burns Tourism in Dumfries and Galloway and we look forward to working with them to further develop the incredible potential of literary tourism linked to the bard in this part of Scotland. Ellisland is a fantastic cultural asset for the community - the home designed and built by Burns himself and the birthplace of Auld Lang Syne. The sponsorship from Annandale Distillery & the Globe Inn will help us take its story to more people and develop its potential."