It’s Burns Night! A celebration held every year on January 25 to commemorate Robert Burns. Also known as Rabbie, the Bard of Ayrshire or the Ploughman Poet, Robert is the world’s best known Scots poet – and was an outspoken political commentator.
He also wrote in English and was known as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, as well as an inspiration for the founders of liberalism and socialism.
A symbol of national pride, Robert was voted as the greatest Scot ever by members of the public in 2009, in a recent national poll. He was born in Alloway, Ayrshire, in January 1959 – and passed away in Dumfries on July 21, 1796, at the age of only 37. He’s perhaps most famous for writing Auld Lang Syne, the popular number sung by many all round the world on New Year’s Eve.
Whatever you’re doing tonight, wherever you are….have a good one! Sláinte Mhath! (Good Health!)
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