Robert Burns

There aren’t many Scots who can claim such international recognition as Scotland’s most famous poet Robert Burns. Today tributes to the bard abound on the date of his birth, the 25th of January, known as Burns Night. Readings  of his renowned poetry and the meal Burns supper form the centerpiece of a ritual celebrated worldwide

Burns in the World - Centre for Robert Burns Studies 2015 conference

Every year, Burnsians gather for the annual conference from the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, held at Glasgow University - home to the world's biggest collection of Burns' works in the world (in the Mitchell Library).

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.

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.

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.

Burns love poems - Burns & the lassies

It could be argued that, for Burns, the lassies tended to be a fatal attraction. However, the legacy is in a canon of love poetry that spans the range of emotions from celebration of physical intimacy, through the pain of loss and separation, to the celebration of enduring friendship.