Saturday, August 08, 2009

Haggis was invented by the English, not the Scottish, says historian

Haggis was invented by the English before being hijacked by Scottish nationalists, a leading food historian has claimed.

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English recipe published 171 years before Robert Burns popularised the dish in Scotland Photo: Christopher Jones

Catherine Brown has discovered references to the dish in a recipe book dated 1615, The English Hus-wife by Gervase Markham.

This was published at least 171 years before Robert Burns penned his poem Address to a Haggis, which made the delicacy famous.

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