Robert Burns - Scottish Poet

Brief History of Robert Burns

Robert Burns, until 1786 spelled Burnes, was born on January 25, 1759 in the village of Alloway Ayrshire Scotland. His parents, William and Agnes were tenant farmers who insisted that their children receive a relatively good education.  Much of his early education came from his father who taught his children reading, writing, arithmetic, geography and history.  At an early age Burns was an avid reader and it is said that he was influenced by the works of Alexander Pope, Henry Mackenzie and Laurence Sterne. His first piece of poetry "O Once I Lov'd A Bonnie Lass" was written when he was only 15 years of age.  His first book of poetry, Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, also known as the Kilmarnock Editions, was published on July 31, 1786 by John Wilson. During his short life Robert Burns is credited for writing over 716 poems, songs and epitaphs.

Robert Burns is famous around the world for his poetry  but he is also well known for his exploits with members of the opposite sex.  At the time of his death it is reported that he had fathered at least 12 children by four different women  both in and out of wedlock.

Rabbie Burns  Night is celebrated in Scotland and around the world on or around January 25th.  This date not only celebrates the birth of Robert Burns who was born on January 25, 1759 but it also celebrates the contribution he made to Scottish culture.

On July 4, 1781 Robert Burns, at the age of 22, was initiated in St. David's Lodge No. 174 in Tarbolton Scotland.

Robert Burns passed away on July 21, 1796 in Dumfries, Dumfriesshire.  He was 37 years of age.