also known as Robbie, or Rabbie Burns Born January 25th 1759
was a Poet, lyricist, farmer, exciseman
- Robert Burns, born 25th January 1759, and died 21 July 1796
- Rober Burns Occupation was known as a Poet, lyricist, farmer, exciseman ( a government agent whose function was to collect excise and prevent smuggling)
- Also known as Robbie Burns, or Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as The Bard
- Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language.
- He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement.
- Robert Burns became a cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature.
- Poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose"; "A Man's a Man for A' That"; "To a Louse"; "To a Mouse"; "The Battle of Sherramuir"; "Tam o' Shanter"; and "Ae Fond Kiss".
- Burns Night is celebrated with a Burns supper every year in Scotland (and in places all over the world) on 25th January (Burns’s birthday).
- Robert Burns was going to move from Scotland to Jamaica. He decided against this when sales of poetry collection Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (also known as the Kilmarnock volume) took off. He moved to Edinburgh instead, and a second edition of his poetry book was published.
- Robert Burns wrote Auld Lang Syne (he added new lyrics to a traditional Scottish tune)
- Burns was alive during the French Revolution and he was in favour of reform.
- On 21st July 1796, Robert Burns died at the age of 37. His body lies to rest in the Burns Mausoleum in St Michael’s Churchyard, Dumfries.