On the 25 January, the birthday of Scotland’s most famous poet Robert Burns is celebrated across the world with Burns Night. The traditional supper includes eating haggis, neeps and tatties, drinking whisky and reciting poetry written by the poet.
Keep reading to find out 10 interesting facts about Robert Burns that you can share with your friends this month.
1 – Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759, in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland. He died aged just 37 on July 21, 1796.
2 – He composed a huge catalogue of poetry and songs that have been enjoyed for more than 200 years.
3 – In his personal life, Burns had 12 children, nine to his wife Jean Armour.
4 – Burns wrote his poems in Scots, standard English and Scots dialect.
5 – For all his fame, Burns never forgot his roots. His love for farming stayed with him throughout his life and his writing often dealt with issues affecting the poorer classes, notably highlighting the need for greater social equality.
6 – Burns was also a lyricist and he contributed more than 100 songs to a book called The Melodies of Scotland. Most famously, he wrote Auld Lang Syne and A Red, Red Rose.
7 – The body of Robert Burns rests in the Burns Mausoleum in St Michael’s Churchyard, Dumfries.
8 – The first Burns supper was held in July 1801 when nine of Burns’ close friends got together to mark the fifth anniversary of their friend’s death. It took place at Burns Cottage in Alloway and included a meal of haggis and performances of Burns’ work.
9 – There are more statues, monuments and memorials dedicated to Robert Burns than any other non-religious figure, after Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus.
10 – In Scotland, there are some 20 official Burns memorials dotted around the country, from Aberdeen to the final resting place of Burns in Dumfries, which commemorate his journey from Ayrshire to “Auld Lang Syne”.
Whatever your plans are for the big day, have a good one!