ROBERT BURNS CHESS SET

THIS CHESS SET CELEBRATES ROBERT BURNS THROUGH NOTED CHARACTERS THAT POPULATE HIS MANY WORKS AND PEOPLE WHO WEAVED THEIR WAY THROUGH HIS LIFE – OR HE, THROUGH THEIRS.

AN INTRODUCTION

The Robert Burns Chess Set was devised and created by Stirling 1314 LLP.

The players were selected by John Morgan. The figures were designed and modelled by Steve Trickett (“Peace and Dragons!”) The important words are by Robert Burns. Stirling 1314 LLP is a corporate member of the Robert Burns Word Federation
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John Morgan is a member of the Robert Burns Guild of Speakers

Robert Burns Chess Set

Robert Burns

ROBERT BURNS

Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns and by various other names and epithets, was a failed ploughman BUT an outstanding poet and an EXTRAORDINARY lyricist.

IN A SHORT LIfETIME OF ONLY 37 YEARS, he wrote over 600 poems and songs to become Scotland’s national bard. but his real gift was to transcend his humble beginnings and become a worldwide phenomenon, celebrated more each year, over two centuries after his passing.

Robert Burns  (1759-1796)

Some will argue that Robert Burns was the greatest poet of all times. Without question, he is celebrated more than any writer in history with annual Suppers and gatherings held in his name, in every corner of the globe.

The Japanese revere him, the Russians idolise him, and everywhere there are Scots in exile, his life and works are celebrated.

“Auld Lang Syne” has become the international anthem of parting, with the promise of being together again “some ither day”; the words of “a Man’s a Man for a’ That” have been quoted the world over as a reminder that the human race is but one blood. His humour has cheered millions with “Tam o’ Shanter” probably the most performed work of all time; while “Holy Willie’s Prayer” reflects his biting wit and contempt for those who would set the standards for others whilst choosing to ignore them, themselves; His love songs have been sung in every language and by some of the greatest singers over the generations; his words have been spoken time without number, by those simply in love.

If Robert Burns has been eclipsed by any other wordsmith, the evidence has yet to be seen. This chess set is a journey through both his life and his works and celebrates his loves, his humour, his irony and his lasting mark on the world of literature. More importantly, it celebrates his legacy to generations past, present and future.

Burns Chess Set

THE PIECES  –  THE LIGHT SIDE

Our luxury Chess Sets are highly detailed in every way. From the research into the characters, the accuracy of their costumes to the classy finish of the pewter pieces and board itself.

We don’t expect you to make a leap of faith purchase without showing you the work we’ve put in. So, here you go. Here’s a detailed bio of each piece, a 360º view of the all the individual players and, hopefully, a really good feel for what your investment will bring. Sit back, grab a wee dram and enjoy the start of your journey into chess history!

FULL SET 360º ANIMATION

You can click the arrows in the corner to see full screen and also click the chess set itself and drag left or right to hold on the part of the board you choose.

Robert Burns

KING

ROBERT BURNS

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Jean Armour

QUEEN

JEAN ARMOUR

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Bonnie Prince Charlie

BISHOP

BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE

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Robert Aitken

BISHOP

ROBERT AITKEN

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Robert the Bruce

KNIGHT

ROBERT THE BRUCE

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Tam O'Shanter

KNIGHT

TAM O’ SHANTER

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The Haggis

ROOK

THE HAGGIS

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The Works

ROOK

THE WORKS

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Highland Mary

PAWN

HIGHLAND MARY

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John Anderson

PAWN

JOHN ANDERSON, MY JO

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Twa Dugs

PAWN

THE TWA DOGS

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Souter Johnny

PAWN

SOUTER JOHNNY

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The Ploughman

PAWN

THE PLOUGHMAN

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Cotter's Saturday Night

PAWN

THE COTTER’S SATURDAY NIGHT

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Gavin Hamilton

PAWN

GAVIN HAMILTON

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Auld Lang Syne

PAWN

AULD LANG SYNE

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THE PIECES  –  THE DARK SIDE

Auld Nick

KING

AULD NICK (THE DEVIL)

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Nannie

QUEEN

NANNIE

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Holy Willie

BISHOP

HOLY WILLIE

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Death

BISHOP

DEATH

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Burns the Excise Man

KNIGHT

ROBERT BURNS, EXCISEMAN

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Proud Edward

KNIGHT

PROUD EDWARD

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Bogles & Goblins

ROOK

BOGLES & GOBLINS

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Demon Drink

ROOK

DEMON DRINK

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The Witch

PAWN

WITCHES

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The Warlock

PAWN

WARLOCKS

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The Toothache

PAWN

THE TOOTHACHE

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The Living Dead

PAWN

THE LIVING DEAD

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Kirk Alloways Best

PAWN

KIRK ALLOWAY’S BEST

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Duke of Cumberland

PAWN

DUKE OF CUMBERLAND

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Willie Wassle's Wife

PAWN

WILLIE WASTLE’S WIFE

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The Jolly Beggar

PAWN

THE JOLLY BEGGAR

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Robert Burns Chess Board

THE BOARD

All 32  light squares in this stunning board has a different extract from the works of Robert Burns,
etched into the metal in the style of his own hand

THE IMMORTAL MEMORY

If Robert Burns has been eclipsed by any other wordsmith, the evidence has yet to be seen. This chess set is a journey through both his life and his works and celebrates his loves, his humour, his irony and his lasting mark on the world of literature.

More importantly, it celebrates his legacy to generations past, present and future.