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ROBBIE BURNS DAY

burns1January 25 is 255th Birthday of Robbie Burns, Scottish poet and lyricist.
The first Robbie Burns tribute supper was 1801 when some of his friends got together to celebrate the fifth anniversary of his passing. His birth and life have been celebrated ever since, especially each year on and around January 25, on Robbie Burns Day.

Some Fun Robbie Burns info:

Robert (Robbie) Burns died on July 21, 1796, at 37 after a dental extraction.

burns8Burns was quite the ladies man, fathering many children; 12 of whom lived. His youngest, Maxwell was born on the day of his funeral. As of 2012 Burns has over 600 living descendants.

J.D. Salinger‘s title of his book, Catcher in the Rye from a Burns’ poem, “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye”.

Burns’ work has been celebrated, parodied, referenced so often, we probably don’t even know from whence it came.burns7

Michael Jackson was a huge fan of Robbie Burns, so yeah, um sure, I guess.

The originally spelling of his surname was Burnes.

Burns’ works were written in Scots, standard English and Scots dialect.

Burns had made a lot of people angry over the years with his activist views. This included but were not limited to: Scottish reform, abolition of slavery, and sympathizing with the French Revolution.

John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel Of Mice and Men is from Burns‘ poem ‘To a Mouse’: ‘The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley’.

The Chinese resistance fighters in the WWII implemented a translation of ‘My Hearts in the Highlands’ for their marching song.

In Vancouver, BC some combine the Chinese New Year and Robbie Burns Day to celebrate – ‘Gung Haggis Fat Choy’ .

Tommy Hilfiger alleges to be a descendant of Robert Burns. Take a number.

There is a crater on Mars named after Robbie Burns.

Abraham Lincoln admiration of Burns’ work was said to be an influence on his wish to abolish slavery.

burns5When asked for the source of his greatest creative inspiration, Bob Dylan said  Burns‘ song ‘A Red, Red Rose’. At least, we think that’s what he said.

The Russians love Burns. They had a commemorative stamp of Burns in 1956; the first country to do so. They hold him as the people’s poet.

In 2009 Coke used Burns as their first person on a commemorative bottle. A dubious honour.

Burns was voted Greatest Scot in 2009 (250th birthday) by STV viewers, beating out William Wallace (of Braveheart fame), Robert The Bruce, and even Sir Alexander Fleming – he discovered penicillin (on of the first antibiotics). Sorry folks, I like Robbie Burns, but I’m thinking Fleming should have won.

I always think of my maternal Grandma on Robbie Burns Day, even more than ever other day. She was sweet, strong, brave, wonderful, authentic, mostly Scottish, and touched so many hearts so I know she’s carried in them, always. I like to think on this Robbie Burns Day somewhere she’s raising a glass to The Scottish Bard.

burns4“My theory is that all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.”~Mike Myers

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  1. Robbie Burns Day
    I just read the whole story about Robbie Burns… It’s nice to hear it again, when you can’t remember it properly. Robbie Burns is something we all should know, and that way we won’t forget the Scottish. Way to go Robbie!

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