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Robert Burns, a Scottish poet and lyricist
Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language.
Burns Night, held in honour of Scotland's most famous poet Robert Burns, is celebrated at the end of January every year. The night is a way to celebrate the life of the 18th century bard and it falls on his birthday – 25th January.
You might not know that Rabbie's popularity extends further than that. Over the last two hundred years he's been commemorated in many other ways than a mug shot on a menu. In fact, after Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus, Robert Burns has more statues dedicated to him than any other non-religious figure.
Commemorative functions to honour the Scottish National Poet and world recognised bard, and to study his poems, songs, writings and philosophy have been held continuously in South Australia since the arrival of the first permanent Scots in 1836.
In Adelaide, a Robert Burns discussion group meets on the last Tuesday evening of each month.
Robert Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide