Dennistoun is an area located to the east of Glasgow’s city centre. (For more information about this area, see Ian R. Mitchell’s article, ‘Dennistoun: No Mean Streets‘ on the Glasgow West End website).
There is not much currently known about this Burns club. The 1912 Annual Burns Chronicle and Club Directory gives its objects in the ‘Special features of Club’:
‘The objects of the Club shall be the celebration of the birth of Robert Burns, occasional re-union for the cultivation of social and intellectual intercourse amongst members and friends, and the encouragement of Scottish literature.’
(‘No. 203–DENNISTOUN Jolly Beggars Burns Club’, Directory of Burns Clubs and Scottish Societies on the Roll of the Burns Federation, 1912′, in Annual Burns Chronicle and Club Directory, ed. by D. M’Naught, No. XXI (Kilmarnock: Burns Federation, January 1912), p. 186)
The meetings were held at 8pm on the last Thursday of the month at the Loudoun Arms Hotel, Duke Street, Dennistoun. (For more information on the history of this club, see John Gorevan’s article, ‘The Loudoun Arms Hotel‘ on the Old Glasgow Pubs website.)
Date of Existence
25 January 1911-? Federated 6 June 1911
Source of Information
‘Directory of Burns Clubs and Scottish Societies on the Roll of the Burns Federation, 1912’, in BC, ed. by D. M’Naught, No. XXI (Kilmarnock: Burns Federation, January 1912), p. 186
Mitchell Library Special Collections (MLSC)
National Library of Scotland (NLS)
BNS19BUR (MLSC) (Annual Burns Chronicle)
General Reading Room (stored offsite), Y.233, available no. 1-34 25th Jan. 1892-Jan. 1925 (NLS) (Annual Burns Chronicle)
‘BC‘ refers to the Annual Burns Chronicle and Club Directory, which was published yearly since 1892. Hard copies are available at the Mitchell Library Special Collections and the National Library of Scotland. Many of them have been digitised and are available through the Robert Burns World Federation website: http://www.rbwf.org.uk/digitised-chronicles/.
This list of Burns chronicles as sources of information gives the first year the club was included in the chronicle, and thereafter only for the years where the information is different from the previous year’s listing. In keeping with the scope of this study (1800-1914), only the chronicles published between 1892 and 1914 are included.