Burns started life as a ploughman in Scotland but is now one of the world’s most celebrated poets. Every January, his life is remembered with whisky, haggis, singing and dancing on Burns Night.

Perhaps as a distraction from the hard physical work of his early life on the farm, his poetry, and in many ways his life, celebrated the natural world and the pleasures of living life to the full.

His first published collection of poetry was extremely successful and, by the age of twenty-seven, he was a poet of some fame and reputation across Scotland. He began to move in more sophisticated circles, while also engaging in a number of relationships. He remained a radical thinker with a passionate belief in egalitarianism.

Burns lived only for another ten years, but poems such as ‘Auld Lang Syne’, ‘Tam O’Shanter’ and ‘A Red, Red Rose’ ensure that he remains widely read today.

Poems by Robert Burns

To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough, November, 1785 - Robert Burns - Read by Jim Carruth

A Red, Red Rose

Read by Jim Carruth
A Red, Red Rose - Robert Burns - Read by Jim Carruth
Song: ae fond kiss, and then we sever - Robert Burns - Read by Don Paterson

Books by Robert Burns



Burns Monument


Honorary Chartered Surveyor

Prize website
1966 & 2009

Royal Mail Commenorative Stamps

Prize website