Selkirk Grace Box in Gaelic
Gairloch Museum

This decorative wooden board has been inscribed with a Gaelic translation of the words of the Selkirk Grace, usually attributed to Scottish Bard Robert Burns:  

Some hae meat and canna eat,  
And some wad eat that want it,  
But we hae meat and we can eat,  
Sae let the Lord be Thankit!  

It is said before eating. Although it is believed to have been known before Burns, it takes his name from an occasion when he is known to have said it at a dinner given by the Earl of Selkirk in 1794.  

The inscription was created using a technique of pyrography, by burning the lettering into the wood.  

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Date: Date Unknown
Materials : Wood
Size : 33cm x 21cm

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