Robert Burns - Ellisland was Burns' home in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland Robert Burns: Alexandria Burns Club Information on the Scottish Poet BBC Two - Writing Scotland - Robert Burns Robert Burns - Biography Robert Burns Tribute - Burns Supper, Haggis, Poems and more Born in Alloway, Ayrshire, in 1759 to William Burness, a poor tenant farmer, and Agnes Broun, Robert Burns was the eldest of seven. He spent his youth working his father's farm, but in spite of his poverty he was extremely well read - at the insistence of his father, who employed a tutor for Robert and younger brother Gilbert. At 15 Robert was the principal worker on the farm and this prompted him to start writing in an attempt to find "some kind of counterpoise for his circumstances." It was at this tender age that Burns penned his first verse, "My Handsome Nell", which was an ode to the other subjects that dominated his life, namely scotch and women. When his father died in 1784, Robert and his brother became partners in the farm. However, at the point of abandoning farming, his first collection "Poems- Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect - Kilmarnock Edition" (a set of poems essentially based on a broken love affair), was published and received much critical acclaim.
Robert Burns Robert Burns was born into a farming family at Alloway in Ayrshire in 1759. He died in Dumfries at the early age of 37. Yet in that short time he had taken the Scottish literary world by storm, and had secured a place for himself in history and in legend. This site is based on material by or relating to 'Scotland's Bard' which is held by the National Library of Scotland (except where otherwise stated). Special features are pages giving highlights of the Library's significant resources — whether original letters or poems (see manuscripts pages) or important books. Downloading images Without written permission, you should not download images featured on this site for anything other than temporary personal use. Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth.By permission of the National Galleries of Scotland.
Robert Burns Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Robbie Burns, Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as The Bard) was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest. Ayrshire Burns Cottage in Alloway, Scotland Inside the Burns Cottage Museum in Alloway Alloway He was born in a house built by his father (now the Burns Cottage Museum), where he lived until Easter 1766, when he was seven years old. By the age of 15, Burns was the principal labourer at Mount Oliphant. Tarbolton Mauchline Love affairs Kilmarnock Edition Edinburgh
The Life of Robert Burns Robert Burns is the best loved Scottish poet, admired not only for his verse and great love-songs, but also for his character, his high spirits, 'kirk-defying', hard drinking and womanising! He came to fame as a poet when he was 27 years old, and his lifestyle of wine, women and song made him famous all over Scotland. He was the son of a farmer, born in a cottage built by his father, in Alloway in Ayr. This cottage is now a museum, dedicated to Burns. As a boy, he always loved stories of the supernatural, told to him by an old widow who sometimes helped out on his fathers' farm and when Burns reached adulthood, he turned many of these stories into poems. After the death of his father in 1784, Burns inherited the farm but by 1786 he was in terrible financial difficulties: the farm was not successful and he had made two women pregnant. He married Jean Armour in 1788 - she had been one of his many women during his early life. His spirit lives on!
Robert Burns Biography - Robert Burns Childhood, Life & Timeline Robert Burns Childhood & Early Life Robert Burns was born on 25th January, 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland. His father, William Burnes was a self educated tenant farmer who married a local girl, Agnes Broun. Later Life & Works Robert and Gilbert tried hard to retain on the farm, but post its failure, they moved to the farm at Mossgiel, near Mauchline. During his stay in the city, Burns made many close friends. Personal Life Burns had his first child, Elizabeth Paton Burns with his mother’s servant Elizabeth Paton, while he was in relationship with Jean Armour, who became pregnant with his twins in March 1786. Death Robert Burns died on July 21, 1796 in Dumfries at the age of 37. Literary Style & Influence Robert Burns’s poetry had the elements of classical, biblical, and English literature, as well as the Scottish Makar tradition. Legacy In Russia, Burns became popular as “people’s poet”.
Robert Burns for Independence « By Patrick Scott Hogg, author of The Patriot Bard and The Canongate Burns (with Andrew Noble). In this article I show the unbound Scottish patriotism of Robert Burns and argue he would have been a leading voice of the Yes Campaign. Although there will always be those who will toast an anodyne, simplistic Kailyard grass-chewing peasant ‘Burns’ who is an abstract, universal white knight of ‘friendship’ the world o’er, this out-of-context unhistorical ‘Burns’ never did exist. The real poet was a revolutionary republican of nationalist sentiment with passionate egalitarian views; he was anti-war, anti-imperialist, anti-slave, detested corruption in politics with vehement outrage, wished to see the overthrow of the Feudal system and believed in the rights and political suffrage of the common people. Burns was, as Thomas Crawford has shown, the quintessential political poet par excellence. The poet detested corruption in politics, local and national. The song is also anti-royal. Like this: