Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) was a Scottish poet and lyricist. Many people consider him the national poet of Scotland.
Fun Facts about Robert Burns:
- Other names Robert Burns has used are Rabbie Burns, the Ploughman Poet, and the Bard of Ayrshire.
- He was the oldest of seven children, in a house built by his father (not the Burns Cottage Museum).
- Burns got most of his schooling from his father, a tenant farmer, who taught his kids reading, geography, history, writing, and math.
- At age 15 Mr. Burns wrote his first poem.
- Along with Scots, Mr. Burns also write in English and English with a Scots dialect.
- The poet had 12 children, nine of which were with his wife Jean Armour.
- During the French Revolution, Mr. Burns was in favor of the reforms proposed.
- After Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus, Mr. Burns has the most memorials, monuments, and statues dedicated to him.
- One of his most famous songs, Auld Lang Syne, was part of more than 100 songs he wrote to a book called The Melodies of Scotland.
- In 2009 views of Scottish TV voted Mr. Burns as “The Greatest Scot”.
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