All aboard the Ballad Bus

On Saturday August 4, the Ballad Bus, part of Mearns Connections, will be touring the Mearns on the trail of Robert Burns and his ancestors.

Few know that Robert’s father William Burness was born and bred in the Howe at Clochnahill, a prosperous farm near Drumlithie just off the A90. Clochnahill has a few wind turbines which act as a beautiful landmark but which would not have been on the horizon in William’s time.

The Mearns was the land of the Burnesses in the early to mid 1800s and it is documented that 26 farms were tenanted by members of the Burness family and all related to Robert Burns.

The Ballad Bus will make its way round the Burns/Burness trail with stops at specific places of interest, and the story will be beautifully illustrated with fine music and song, poetry, narration and conviliality from Dennis and Lorna Collie, Alan Sim, Donald Clerk and Marion Robson. A cup of tea and a piecie is part of the package and the hosts are intent on making the afternoon every bit as enjoyable and educational as the previous Ballad Bus tours.

All are welcome to board the Bus but Marion advises that tickets are purchased before the day to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £10 each, available from the Grassic Gibbon Centre 01561 361668.

The Ballad Bus leaves the Centre at 1pm with the usuals pick ups en route starting at 12.10pm. at Edzell Glenesk Travel then on to Laurencekirk Community Centre, Mearns Academy and Redmyre School. The Ballad Bus returns to the Grassic Gibbon Centre just after 3pm.