True or tripe? Hag­gis is an English dish

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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

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