Robert Burns

Robert Burns

Robert Burns’ politics were ‘open secret’ to civil service

Robert Burns hid his radical and progressive political views “in plain view” while working for the Crown as an exciseman, according to a leading expert on Scotland’s national bard.

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50 Burns songs not written by Bard, research finds

Fifty songs attributed to Robert Burns were not actually written by him, new research has found.

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Scot accuses Tesco of ‘discrimination’ for Burns Night haggis snub

A FURIOUS expat Scot has accused Tesco of “discrimination” after discovering they couldn’t supply him with haggis in London - on Burns Night.


Animated facial reconstruction brings Robert Burns to life

Fans of the Bard will be given a once in a lifetime chance to judge if A Man’s a Man for a’ that today at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery thanks to a real-life animated facial reconstruction.

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In pictures: 20 statues of Robert Burns around the world

THERE’S a lot of love out there for Robert Burns. Across the globe there are more than sixty statues dedicated to Scotia’s bard.

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Video: How to make mouth-watering haggis pakora

You don’t need to fill up on neeps and tatties to enjoy a haggis supper on Burns Night.

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Video: How to make haggis, neeps and tatties

Celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday with a verse, a dram and this simple haggis recipe.


Video: Five top tips for a perfect Burns Night from James Macsween

From alternative haggis dishes to poems and whisky, James Macsween has you covered.

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Scots poet ‘amazed’ at reaction to Robert Burns ‘sex pest’ comment

Scots poet Liz Lochhead has said she is retiring from giving talks on Robert Burns after landing herself in trouble with fans of the Bard by calling him a “sex pest”.

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Robert Burns was no Harvey Weinstein, says scholar

His image was that of the “heaven-taught ploughman” whose striking dark looks saw women of all backgrounds besotted and smitten by him and his poetry.

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Tourists at Burns Cottage in Alloway. Picture: Rob McDougall

SNP MSP hails ‘economic impact’ of Robert Burns

An SNP MSP will today lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament celebrating “the economic impact” of Robert Burns on Scotland.

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Video: On the trail of Robert Burns in Edinburgh

Robert Burns first moved to Edinburgh in 1786 and his time in the capital did not pass without incident.

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Robert Burns was ‘sex pest and Weinstein of his age’

A top poet has been branded ‘over the top’ by fans of Scotland’s iconic bard by outing him as a “sex pest’

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Burns Night traditions and their origins

The January Blues might be expected to hit Scotland, with its grim winter weather, harder than most parts of the world, but the end of the month coincides with celebrations that are guaranteed to lift the spirits.

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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.

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Quiz: How well do you know Robert Burns?

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

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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.

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