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Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Yet More Fascinating Facts about the Ploughman Poet

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) - known in Scotland simply as 'The Bard' - was a poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated right around the world.

But did ye ken...?

Robert's father was born at Clochnahill near Dunnottar,
Kincardineshire, trained as a gardener like his father before him, and worked in Edinburgh before moving to Ayrshire in 1750.

The poet's mother was the eldest of six children born to Gilbert Brown and Agnes Rainie.

Robert was the eldest of a family of seven.

You can find out much more about the Ploughman Poet in Scottish Miscellany - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Scotland the Brave, coming soon from Skyhorse Publishing.


  1. Scottish Question for you - in which East Lothian village did Robert Burns' parents live?

  2. William Burnes met and fell for Agnes Broun at the Fair in Maybole High Street.

    However, Burns himself was born in nearby Alloway just over a year after his parents were married.