Robert Burns

Robert Burns

Robert Burns ‘Tam o’Shanter’ explained

PROBABLY the most famous of Rabbie Burns’ poems, Tam o’Shanter tells an epic tale of a likeable alcoholic living in the drinking era of Ayr in the Late 1700s.

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Robert Burns ‘Tae a Moose’ explained

ONE of the poets most famous works, ‘Tae a moose’, tells a bleak but stark story about man’s view on progress in the world and the plight of all creatures within it.

Robert Burns. Picture: Contributed

Quiz: How well do you know Robert Burns?

On this day in 1759, Robert Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, was born in Alloway.

The new Royal Navy Submarine Service's tartan

New Burns’ Night tartan for the Royal Navy Submarine Service

The Royal Navy’s Submarine Service has revealed its new official tartan on the eve of Burns’ Night.

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Robert Burns Cottage, Alloway, Ayrshire. Picture: Christopher Furlong

Everything you need to know about Robert Burns

HIS WORK is admired and recognised the world over, but Scotland’s ‘ploughman’s poet’ has his parents to thank.

Burns' legacy lives on

How Robert Burns died and his legacy examined

HE WAS the humble ploughman’s son whose ability to capture the Zeitgeist of 18th century Scotland through the medium of poetry and song carved a legacy which continues to shine bright two centuries on.

Burns night is a celebration of Scots poet Robert Burns

Burns Night 2017: What’s on around Scotland

No matter where you are in Scotland on 25 January, there’s sure to be a Burns Night going on nearby.

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The whisky and haggis infused Chieftain cocktail. Picture: Contributed

Burns Night: Edinburgh bar creates haggis and whisky cocktail

As Burns Night approaches one Edinburgh bar has created a cocktail infused with Scotland’s national dish.

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Scottish experts investigate: Was Robert Burns bipolar?

Experts are using modern psychiatry methods to analyse the mind of Robert Burns and settle the question of whether he may have had a mental health illness.

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The 10 volume Oxford edition of Burns' life works will be the result of 15 years' research. Picture: Contributed

Robert Burns project wins funding to ‘complete Bard’s works’

A major academic project to reexamine the life and work of Robert Burns has won a £1 million award to bring it to completion.

James Macpherson, Scotland's "Robin Hood". PIC Clan Macpherson Museum.

The “Robin Hood” of Scotland who was tricked to his death

He is described as Scotland’s answer to Robin Hood - an outlaw and freebooter who shared the spoils of his campaign against the gentry with the poor of the north.

Burnss Auld Lang Syne could be voted best British folk song. Picture: Hulton/Getty

Burns on shortlist for the great EU songbook

It may be one of the last times Scotland can have its voice heard in Europe, so why not go out in full song?

Beloved poet Robert Burns garnered 44 per cent of the vote; more than double that of second-placed designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Picture: TSPL

Robert Burns voted as public’s National Trust ‘Great Scot’

National bard Robert Burns has been voted the public’s ‘Great Scot’, securing more than twice the votes of his nearest rival, accordin gto a poll conducted at its visitor centres by the National Trust for Scotland.

The Burns Monument. Picture: National Trust for Scotland

Burns monument in Alloway at risk of ‘irreversible damage’

THE earliest monument erected in honour of Robert Burns could be closed to the public for the first time in almost 200 years due to extensive water damage.

People singing Auld Lang's Syne during New Year at the Tron, Edinburgh 1964

The truth about Auld Lang Syne

Dr Robert Irvine, a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, takes a look at some of the myths surrounding Auld Lang Syne, the famous Scottish poem by Robert Burns.


Glasgow Central releases info in Scots to promote Bard

Passengers to Ayr got their travel information in Scots for the first time at Central Station this week, as part of a push by the National Trust for Scotland to promote its Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

How popular was Burns Night across the world?

How popular was Burns Night across the world?

With so few words he could say so much - now fans of Robert Burns can show their admiration in 140 characters or less.


Video: Outlander’s Sam Heughan recites Burns A Red, Red Rose

OUTLANDER star Sam Heughan has shown his true Scottish roots with a rendition of Robert Burns’ A Red, Red Rose.

Around the world people will be celebrating the Bard's birthday

Burns night celebrations to take place at home and abroad

HUNDREDS of traditional Burns Suppers, poetry recitals, performances and parties are to be held around the world to celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns.

Twelve of Scotland's best craft distilleries, bars and landmarks feature on a map of the new gin trail. Picture: Ger Harley

Scots gin trail launched to coincide with Burns Night

A new Scottish gin trail has been launched to celebrate the drink that ministers hope could become as popular as whisky.

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