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.