Robert Burns

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Robert Burns
The best-known portrait of Burns, by Alexander Nasmyth, 1787 (detail)
The best-known portrait of Burns,
by Alexander Nasmyth, 1787 (detail)
Born(1759-01-25)25 January 1759
Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died21 July 1796(1796-07-21) (aged 37)
Dumfries, Scotland
  • Poet
  • lyricist
  • farmer
  • exciseman
Literary movementRomanticism
Notable works


Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 1796) was a famous poet born in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland.[1] Some of his most famous poems include To A Mouse, Auld Lang Syne, and Tam o Shanter. Burns is seen as the national poet of Scotland. Much of his work is written in broad Scots, a sister language to English. His poem and song A Man's A Man For A' That was sung at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. "To A Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady's Bonnet at Church" is a 1786 Scots poem by Robert Burns.

Burns died at 37, and is buried in the graveyard of St Michael's Church, Dumfries, Scotland.

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  1. "Robert Burns". Academy of American Poets. Retrieved 2008-12-23.

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