Robert Burns

Robert Burns

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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David Nott with his Robert Burns Humanitarian Award at the Brig O'Doon Hotel in Alloway, South Ayrshire. Picture: South Ayrshire Council

‘Indiana Jones of surgery’ wins Robert Burns award

A British doctor nicknamed “the Indiana Jones of surgery” for the risks he takes to save others in war zones around the world has won the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award.

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Picture: Robert Perry

Clydesdale Bank to introduce £10 note featuring Robert Burns

Clydesdale Bank is marking this year’s Burns Night with the introduction of the bank’s first £10 polymer note featuring Scotland’s celebrated bard.

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The letter will go on display for 90 minutes.

Burns love song to go on show..for 90 minutes

A LOVE song by Robert Burns to a married woman he would never call his own will be shown to literary lovers on Burns Day – but only for 90 minutes.

A rare, handwritten love letter by Burns will go on display.

Robert Burns love letter goes on display at National Library

THEY were star-crossed lovers whose affair was doomed. And now a rare, handwritten love letter from Robert Burns to his married friend Nancy McLehose is to go on show in Edinburgh.

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Macsween Haggis have created a �4000 haggis (pictured). Photo: Macsweens

World’s most expensive haggis launched with £4000 price tag

SCOTTISH haggis makers have claimed to have created the ultimate Burns Night dish by unveiling the world’s most expensive haggis.

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Replica Burns cottage, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Image: Frank Shaw

The history of Robert Burns statues around the world

SCOTLAND’S most famous literary son is much more than words on a page. From Aberdeen to Winnipeg, statues and monuments of the bard can be found across the world.

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The Scottish Patriots Burns Supper held at the Playhouse restaurant in Edinburgh 1966.

What you need for a Burns supper: your complete guide

THE tradition of the Burns Supper began as a group of Robert Burns’ friends meeting to commemorate his life and work every year on 21 July, the date of the poet’s death.

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Designer Paul Smith at Glasgow's The Lighthouse for the opening of  'Hello My Name Is Paul Smith' exhibition. Picture: John Devlin

What’s On In Scotland: Three things to do tonight

OUR daily briefing gives you the run-down on the most exciting cultural events going on in Scotland this evening, including fashion icons, indie rock and Rabbie Burns

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Robert Burns: Inspirational quotes and their meaning

THE poems of 18th century writer Robert Burns continue to inspire, delight and entertain both Scots and fans around the world.

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Picture: Robert Burns

Robert Burns: Sixteen little known facts

Robert Burns is one of the most iconic Scots of all time. His work and legacy continues to inspire writers, musicians and artists around the world, but how well do you know our national treasure?

We take a look at 16 little known facts about the famous Scot

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