He wrote his poems, songs and lyrics chiefly in the Scottish dialect.
Burns started writing poems at the age of seventeen.
Though Burns`s poems were popular, he always remained poor.
Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759, in a small clay cottage at Alloway in Ayrshire, Scotland.
His father was a poor farmer.
Burns`s cottage. Alloway
Five years after Robert Burns died, a group of his friends got together to remember him and his poetry. The tradition became established and now, every year on his birthday, 25th January, Scots all round the world celebrate Burns Night with a Burns Supper which follows a format similar to the original dinner (often with much toasting and drinking of whisky!)
For the first time in more than 200 years, a Burns supper was held at the cottage where Scotland’s national bard was born. The very first Burns supper – including haggis, toasts to the poet and recitals of his work – was held by a group of his friends in the Alloway cottage in 1801, five years after his death
Members of the public
attend the Burns supper
Burns Night Supper
A traditional Burns Supper will often include the following:
Cock-A-Leekie soup (chicken and vegetable)
Haggis, neeps and tatties
Oatcakes and cheese
If you can't get hold of a haggis or would prefer not to, you could always make a meatloaf!
A plate of haggis, neeps and tatties
Haggis is a sheep’s stomach stuffed with the sheep’s heart, liver and lung