Burns Night: Sam Heughan calls on fans to raise toast

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Outlander fans across Scotland and the world have answered a call from the show’s star to raise a toast for Rabbie Burns.

Leading actor Sam Heughan appeared in a clip on Twitter from the Scottish Government as he encouraged people across the world to toast the famous poet on Burns Night.

Scots reacted with delight to the clip, which has attracted thousands of likes since being posted over the weekend.

This year to celebrate Burns Night, we want to bring people together even whilst we are apart.

Join Scotland in a global toast – here’s Outlander’s Sam Heughan to get us started.#BurnsNightIn pic.twitter.com/O5FLEL1mRf
— Scottish Government (@scotgov) January 23, 2021

Abigail Liscoe, a history student from Aberdeen, is an Outlander mega fan and has written essays on the popular TV show: “It is so lovely to see how much Sam is interested in the Gaelic language and old Scottish customs, it is really great that a famous Scot is promoting and continuing old traditions.”

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Euan, who has appeared as an extra on Outlander, said: “The clip was great and really helped bring spirits up, I’m excited to celebrate Burns night tonight.”

Alex Kilday, has watched all the Outlander episodes twice and has loved the TV show since it first aired back in 2014: “I was so happy when I saw the clip, nice to see such a popular actor still so in touch with his Scottish roots, I will definitely be watching a few episodes tonight.”

The clip has reached fans across the world and one mega fan in Israel, Yafit Berkovitch, is super excited about tonight’s celebrations: “Dear Scots, I wish I was there with you all to celebrate Burns night. Until we can meet again we will raise a toast from Israel.”

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