Haggis claim causes offal row

A leading food historian is claiming that Scotland's national dish "haggis" may have originated in England.

Haggis is Scottish says Borders butcher

Butcher Alan Scott from JA Waters in Selkirk Credit: ITV News Border

A Selkirk butcher who sells award winning haggis has hit back at claims Scotland's National dish is just as English as it is Scottish.

Alan Scott from JA Waters in Selkirk says the traditional offal dish is Scottish through and through.

Food historian Peter Brears claims in a new book about North East cuisine that "haggis is an English dish that the Scots decided they would take on when they decided they needed a national identity."

Mr Scott said:

"Scotland has always been famed for haggis, all over the world. If you ask anybody, anywhere in the world where it comes from, they will tell you it comes from Scotland.

"The English have never been able to master haggis, and they have never been able to master whiskey. We have got it and they want it."

Is haggis really Scottish?

A plate of haggis Credit: PA

A leading food historian is claiming that Scotland's national dish "haggis" may have originated in England.

Author Peter Brears describes it as a "fine English dish" which was made throughout the country from the 15th century.

In his new book "Traditional Food in Northumbria", which is about North-East cuisine of yesteryear, he says that the modern whisky-laden image is purely manufactured and owes more to "romantic patriotism than historical reality".

Mr Brears said:

"Haggis is an English dish that the Scots decided they would take on when they decided they needed a national identity.

"Newcastle haggis has got fruit, oatmeal, suet and meat in and you could get this in the Grainger Market."

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