Each January 25th there are many celebrations of the birth of Robbie Burns. He is recognized and honoured as the famous poet of Scotland. Also on this day we can bring to mind James Agar, on the anniversary of his death. He is underappreciated as an Irishman who did well in England.
Both Robbie Burns and James Agar were Freemasons. Both contributed significantly to the Fraternity by their words and with their actions.
As we toast the birth of Burns, let us also recall the death of Agar. And for both let us be grateful for lives well lived.
Epitaph on a Friend by Robbie Burns
An honest man lies here at rest,
The friend of man, the friend of truth,
The friend of age, and guide of truth,
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
Few heads with knowledge so inform’d,
If there’s another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.