Today is Galt's birthday.
Irvine Burns Club held a commemoration ceremony at his birthplace in Irvine. A wreath was laid by North Ayrshire Provost Joan Sturgeon (the modern successor to James Pawkie) and Society Chair Gerry Carruthers talked about the current resurgence of interest in the author. The wreath-laying was followed by a reception in the Club premises where guests could see Galt's letter, sent from Guelph in 1828, accepting the offer to become Irvine Burns Club's first honorary member. The Club also has a fine and extensive collection of Galt first editions.