Ancient Universities Alumni Associations

The 12th Annual Ancient Universities Alumni Burns Nicht

Hilton Back Bay, Boston

Saturday, January 26, 2019

We are pleased to announce Burns Nicht has been moved to Copley Square in central Boston, and the cost of this elegant and festive Scottish ceilidh is slightly lower this year. The event is open to members of the Society, co-sponsor Ancient Universities’ alumni organizations, and The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, with their guests.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00pm. A bagpipe & drum demonstration and a performance by Highland Dance Boston will follow. Pipers Kevin and Heather Wisehart, Drummer Quinn McCormack, and Highland Dance Boston, led by Robert McOwen, will lead the procession to dinner at 7:00pm.

For our enjoyment during the evening, photographer Charles Ketcham has hung large, gallery prints of the Scottish Highlands in the ballroom.

After dinner, toasts and the Immortal Memory address, Boston Scottish Country Dancers will perform and then lead country dancing until 11:30pm.

Attire for gentlemen will be black tie (kilt, of course), or lounge suit.

The cost of the dinner is $130 per person and includes the reception with cash bar, 3-course dinner with wines, and dancing.

Note, this event is sold out. Please use the booking link if you wish to be added to the waitlist!

Book online, or contact David Manns at with any questions. The deadline for reservations to be received is Friday, January 18, 2019. Because we are required by the hotel to guarantee a final count at that time, cancellations later than that are not refundable.

The Hilton Boston Back Bay is located next to the Prudential Center in Copley Square. Location, directions, and parking information can be found here.

Should you wish to rent a kilt for the event, you can find possible sources here.


Ashley Stevens

Ashley Stevens, Corpus Christi (Oxon), President of the Oxford & Cambridge Society

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