Lorne sausage

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Square sausage (lower right) served with black pudding, baked beans, mushrooms and fried bread

The lorne sausage, also known as square sausage is a traditional Scottish food usually made from minced meat, rusk and spices.[1] It is commonplace in traditional Scottish breakfasts.


The exact origins of the lorne sausage remain unclear. It is often eaten in the Scottish variant of the full breakfast or in a breakfast roll. The sausage is also an appropriate size to make a sandwich using one or two slices from a plain loaf of bread.[2]


Sausage meat, in this case a mixture of pork and beef, is minced and then mixed with rusk and spices and set in a rectangular cuboid tin. Once set, it is sliced into pieces generally about 10 cm square by about 1 cm thick.[3] The sausage is rarely a perfect square given the minced state of the meat. Unlike other forms of traditional sausage, square sausage is not encased in anything and needs to be tightly packed into a mould to hold it together.[2]


There are two main theories as to where the name of the sausage originates:

  • Named after Tommy Lorne, a Scottish music hall comedian of the 1920s.[2][4][5]
  • Named after the region of Lorne in Argyll.[2] This is a more likely explanation as advertisements for 'Lorne Sausage' have been found in newspapers as early as 1896, only 6 years after the birth of Tommy Lorne.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A history of the square sausage, including a recipe for making your own - Scotsman Food & Drink". Scotsman Food & Drink. 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  2. ^ a b c d "Lorne Sausage, Argyll". Information Britain. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Lorne Sausage". Dictionary of the Scots Language. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Lorne Sausage Scottish Square Slices Sausages". www.aboutaberdeen.com.
  5. ^ Catherine Brown (21 August 2011). Classic Scots Cookery. Neil Wilson Publishing. pp. 65–. ISBN 978-1-906476-56-4.
  6. ^ "Scotslanguage.com - Lorne sausage n. square-shaped sausage meat".
  7. ^ Archive, The British Newspaper. "Results - Arbroath Herald and Advertiser For The Montrose Burghs - Publication - British Newspaper Archive". www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk.