Robert Burns

Robert Burns, Scotland’s national Bard, came from humble origins and in his short life (he died at 37) wrote a great number of poems, and collected and preserved many traditional Scottish songs. On his birthday, 25th January we celebrate his renowned poetry during a traditional Burns Supper. Find out more about Robert Burns below:

Sam Heughan Brings Burns Poetry to Life

Scottish actor Sam Heughan, known for his role in the Golden Globe Nominated series Outlander, is helping bring poetry to life this Burns Night.

Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy - Centre for Robert Burns Studies

If you’ve ever welcomed in the New Year with a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” or enjoyed a whisky and haggis on 25 January, you’re likely to be one of the thousands, nay millions, of fans of Robert Burns around the world.

Burns Night in the USA & Canada

Robert Burns is an iconic figure in Scottish history, responsible for some of the world’s most recognised poems and songs. These are some of the celebrations taking place this year in his honour.

Burns Night around the world

There are not many Scots who can claim as much international recognition as Robert Burns. Here is a selection of celebrations taking place aroudn the world this year.

Burns Poetry comes to life in illustration

In honour of the upcoming Burns Night, we've created some graphic illustrations that embody the poet's work:

On Auld Lang Syne

There can surely be few songs that are more frequently sung throughout the world than Auld Lang Syne. Perhaps only “Happy Birthday to You” exceeds it in popularity.

Think you know about Robert Burns?

From Coca Cola to Chinese WW2 resistance fighters, Robert Burns' works have a truly global reach. Here are 20 things you probably never knew about Scotland's National Bard

Robert Burns Timeline

The Scottish poet Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire, at what is now Burns Cottage The day of his birth is celebrated today throughout the world as Burns' Night, with Burns' Suppers, poems and songs.

Scotland’s Bard

As William Shakespeare is Englands national bard so Robert Burns is Scotlands.And over 250 years after he was born into a poor Ayrshire farming family the universal appeal of many of his poems and songs endures.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

We remember Burns for many reasons, but we remember him most of all because he asked us simply and poignantly in poem and song to remember and celebrate our common humanity.

Burns Festival

"When chapman billies leave the street, And drouthy neebors, neebors meet; As market-days are wearing late, An folk begin to tak the gate; While we sit bousing at the nappy, An getting fou and unco happy" Tam O'Shanter by Robert Burns

The forgotten connections between Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns

At some time during the mid 1820s, after his pioneer family had crossed the Ohio River from Kentucky to southern Indiana, the teen-aged Lincoln stumbled across a collection of Burns poetry.

As ithers hear us

This Burns Night, as you clear your throat before launching into a well-practiced rendition of Tam O'Shanter or 'Holy Willie's Prayer', be sure to mind your Ps and Qs, or should that be your Rs and CHs?

Lasting inspiration of Robert Burns

What is it about Robert Burns? Not even Shakespeare is remembered so personally with an annual birthday celebration. It is in the spirit of the lasting inspiration of Scotlands National Poet that we invite you to celebrate Burns Night.

The Immortal Memory

A mainstay of Burns Suppers, the Immortal Memory celebrates Burns' enduring spirit. It's a fitting tribute for one who himself did so much to preserve and popularise Scotland's rich historical, cultural and literary heritage.