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What are some examples of typical Scottish graces said before a meal?

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The websites ClanHendersonSociety.org, SpiritualityHealth.com, GuidePosts.org and FaithandWorship.com all offer traditional Scottish mealtime graces. The most common example is the "Selkirk Grace," and it is commonly attributed to Robert Burns.

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SpiritualityHealth.com lists traditional prayer from different regions of the world including Scotland. ClanHendrsonSociety.org lists traditional Scottish blessings and toasts in Gaelic with their English translations. FaithandWorship.com offers a list of Gaelic and Celtic prayers for different occasions. GuidePosts.com also offers a sample of mealtime prayers from different countries including a Scottish grace.

The most popular Scottish grace, the Selkirk Grace, dates to the 17th century and was popularized by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. The prayer, said at mealtimes,is said to have been given by Burns at a dinner given by the Earl of Selkirk. This grace is traditionally said at Burns suppers, held on January 25, the poet's birthday.

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