Is There for Honest Poverty

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"Is There for Honest Poverty", commonly known as "A Man's a Man for A' That", is a 1795[1] Scots song by Robert Burns, famous for its expression of egalitarian ideas of society, which may be seen as expressing the ideas of liberalism that arose in the 18th century.

Renowned Scottish folksinger Sheena Wellington sang the song at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in May, 1999. The song was also sung at the funeral of Donald Dewar, the inaugural First Minister of Scotland. It is also known in translations into other European languages, for example the German "Trotz alledem und alledem" by Ferdinand Freiligrath right after the Revolution of 1848 (sung by Hannes Wader as "Trotz alledem").

The words "pride o' worth" appear on the crest of the Scottish Qualifications Authority.


  • The Corries played it on Scotland Will Flourish, their 1985 live album
  • The Old Blind Dogs covered this song on their 2001 album Fit?
  • The Mudmen covered it on their 2012 album Donegal Danny

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  1. ^ A Man's A Man For A' That, Burns Country

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