Andrew Crawford was appointed to draw up some rules for the club and this he did in the form of the following poem. He preferred not to call them rules but rather "a few hints for Dalry Burns Club".
Assembled a few friends of Burns
To make regulations and yearly to fix,
What's to be done when his birthday returns.
This year in Montgomerie's, it first shall take place,
Where drink of the best, will be got
With a haggis and bannocks the table to grace
And a slice from the hip of a stot.
Political questions - all banished shall be
The song it shall circle in turns
Each shall have a glass of the barley bree
To drink to the memory of Burns.
No insulting language our lips shall defile
Let no man's good humour be crossed,
But let every face be bright with a smile
When round goes the song and the toast.