Allan Ramsay Festival 2018 celebrates the life and work of the Scots poet, Allan Ramsay (1684–1758).
Allan Ramsay occupies a unique position in literary history: an important poet and playwright, influential on a range of writers, Ramsay was also a cultural entrepreneur of astonishing versatility and originality. He used classical models to argue for the validity of Scots as a British literary language. His assiduous networking helped to internationalize Scottish culture, develop the infrastructure of the Enlightenment, and lay the foundations for the success of his son, the painter of the same name. Both his poetry and drama continue to be a significant part of Scottish literature and heritage.
This year's festival focuses on the music of Allan Ramsay with a ceilidh at Carlops Village Hall with traditional dances and tunes from the time of Allan Ramsay (early 1700s) and the annual Allan Ramsay Celebration Dinner at The Allan Ramsay Hotel with performances of scenes from Ramsay's greatest work - the pastoral drama The Gentle Shepherd.