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Burns, Robert, 1759-1796



  • Existence: 1759 - 1796

Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in Scotland. Burns was a poet and lyricist and widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland as well as a pioneer of the Romantic movement. He also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. Compositions include "Auld Lang Syne," "Scots Wha He" as well as "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Louse", "To a Mouse", "The Battle of Sherramuir", "Tam o' Shanter" and "Ae Fond Kiss". Burns died on July 21, 1796.

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Robert Burns papers

Identifier: MS-121
Overview Robert Burns (1759-1796) writer. The collection contains a handwritten, fair copy of Burns' poem "To Andrew" (1786), letters to Robert Aiken, George Hubbard Baird, Maria Riddell and Gilbert Burns. A scrapbook containing memorabilia and obituary notices of Burns as well as a letter from Burns to Alexander Findlater is also included. The scrapbook was compiled by John Dillon, probably in 1865.