Haggis may have been invented by the English

Published on August 4th, 2009 | by Admin


A food historian has found mentions of haggis in an English cookbook from 1615, proving the English were eating the dish 171 years before Robert Burns wrote his Address to the Haggis.

Miss Brown said the earliest reference to a Scottish haggis she could find was from 1747 – pointing to the likelihood that the recipe had been copied from English sources.

By the late 18th century haggis was firmly a Scottish dish. Miss Brown believes nationalists claimed it as a symbol of Scotland after the country lost its own monarchy and parliament in the 1706 Treaty of Union.

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