A military view – Happy Burns Night!

Burns Night is approaching. I thought it appropriate to write and focus on the work we undertake with military colleagues.


Okay, we also have a very proud Scottish man working as part of the team at Kirintec, providing us with an important secondary reason! He wishes to remain anonymous but rest assured if you visit our office he does wear tartan  (but no kilt to date), so is easy to spot!


With two reasons highlighted it seems entirely appropriate to say Happy Burns Night on 25 January 2016. We know many in military service around the globe are connected to Scotland and this is a meaningful day for you.


Burns Night commemorates the life of poet Robert Burns who was born on 25 January 257 years ago. You may have sung ‘Auld Lang Syne’ on New Year’s Eve. But may not have realised he wrote the anthem, which many of us traditionally sing as we embark upon a new year.


Did you know Robert Burns has international significance? Here are a few ways he remembered further afield and it accredited as part of British military history:

  • There are many statues of Burns across the world. Including one shipped in 1850 to Camperdown, Australia
  • American John Steinbeck titled ‘Of Mice and Men’ from a line from a Burns poem
  • More than 100 years after Burns wrote it, ‘Scots Wha Hae‘, with its martial sentiments, was used as part of the recruiting effort for the British Army. It was included in anthologies of patriotic poetry
  • In 1915 during World War I, a recruiting poster used a cameo of Burns and some of the words in his 1782 poem “I’ll go and be a sodger” (soldier). It was a recruitment campaign, urging men to sign-up

There really is a global presence felt for the Scottish Bard.


While I’ve not ever personally been in Scotland for Burns night I am told that enjoyable traditions occur, such as:

  • Burns poetry recitals
  • Eating haggis (sausage type delicacy from sheep’s stomach), cock-a-leekie (chicken and leek) and/or neeps and tatties (mashed turnips, swede and potato)
  • Listening to bagpipe renditions
  • Donning tartan kilts and shawls
  • Downing a few drams of whisky blends or malts

Whether you are celebrating over the forthcoming weekend, on Monday 25 January or even perhaps both – please enjoy!

I leave you with an extract from Burns’ poem Man Was Made To Mourn: A Dirge in 1784.

“Man’s inhumanity to man

Makes countless thousands mourn!”


Robert Burns recognised in this works that man is capable of inflicting misery and cruelty on others. Quite poignant. Kirintec exists because of this.


Always remember our jamming equipment we manufacture, advice we offer and innovative practices are here are to help safeguard.


We aren’t here to take life. Our work is about protection.


This runs through our veins and every single innovative product we produce. From ECM, to IED disposal and with our EOD tools offered.