True or tripe? Haggis is an English dish
LONDON: Haggis is actually an English creation, a food historian has discovered.
The claim has sparked a fierce backlash from proud Scots who eat the dish every January to celebrate the poet Robert Burns, who wrote in praise of “the great chieftain of the puddin’ race”.
Food historian Catherine Brown, a Scot, has found mentions of haggis in an English cooking guide from 1615 – The English Hus-wife, by Gervase Markham. Brown said the earliest reference to a Scottish haggis she could find was from 1747.
James Macsween, director of haggismaker Macsween’s, disputed the claim.
“I didn’t hear of Shakespeare writing a poem about haggis.” – Daily Mail