at Sloan's restaurant in Glasgow.
Sloans started life as a coffee house in Morrisons Court, named after prominent Glasgow man Baillie John Morrison, in 1797.The courtyard was the scene of many famous cock-fighting contests, the sport of the day. Once called the Arcade Café, David Sloan bought the Café at the turn of the 20th Century transforming the renamed Sloans Arcade Café into an opulent venue containing a lounge bar, several dining rooms, a cocktail bar and even an aquarium.
Many original features remain to this day in the Grade A listed building. These includes the ceramic tiled entrance, grand mahogany staircase, rich woodwork, rare acid-etched glass and ceilings heavily decorated with plaster mouldings, which have been newly-restored complete with gilt-edging and detail.
Traditionally, couples would choose their engagement rings in the adjacent Argyll Arcade before celebrating in Sloans, often holding their engagement party and wedding reception in the Grand Ballroom. My grandmother, mother and aunt all worked at Sloan's in the 1940's.
Front of house
He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and around the world. As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country.
Robbie Burns had many love affairs but only one wife Jean. He fathered 12 children only nine were with his wife. A very busy boy for a short life of 37 years.
People must have been short as this bed is no more than 5ft long
Burns brothers and sisters
Some beautiful sites around Alloway:
The eerie setting for Robert Burns' famous tale of Tam O'Shanter, Alloway Auld Kirk dates back to the 16th Century.
The bridge is allegedly the inspiration for the name of the musical 1947 Brigadoon.
The island was a haven for Catholics during the Scottish Reformation in the 16th century, but is today a bird sanctuary, providing a home for huge numbers of gannets and an increasing number of puffins.