Celebrating Burns


The eldest of seven children and the son of poor tenant farmers, Robert Burns was born in 1759 on a dark, windy January night in the village of Alloway in Ayrshire.

His father recognised the importance of education and so Robert, along with his brother Gilbert, was locally schooled as well as working on the family farm. There were signs of his greatness from an early age; as a boy he became an avid reader and developed a flair for writing.

By the age of 15 he’d penned his first love poems, written to the daughter of a neighbouring farmer. Throughout his life, women were one of his greatest passions and nspirations, with hundreds of lines of verse dedicated to the fairer sex. Burns went on to father 12 children, nine with his wife Jean Armour.