Robert Burns is a national icon in Scot’s history and is widely regarded as Scotland’s national poet. Born on 25th January 1759, his written word and songs are celebrated each year here in Scotland and across the world. He is rightly regarded as a cultural icon and through his works songs and poems he was an early influence on the romantic movement. Laterally he became an inspirational figure for liberalism and socialism.
A common song heard around the world each New Year is one of Burn’s famous compositions Auld Lang Syne. Each year around the world on the 25th January, Scots both at home and abroad raise a glass of whisky to commemorate our national bard, and celebrate with a dinner of haggis, neeps (turnip) and tatties (potatoes). As well as Burns’ famous address to the haggis he has many poems and songs which are sung and recited at traditional Burns Supper evenings held everywhere that you find expat Scot’s.
To find our more about Robert Burns and his influence on Scotland, or for details of events and places of interest to do with the man himself, visit the Burns organisation website.