Discovering Robert Burns

Every New Year is ushered in to the strains of Robert Burns’ renowned Auld Lang Syne. Each January 25th his biggest fans gather at Burn Suppers to celebrate his great work by feasting on haggis, root vegetables and a little dram of whisky. And yet, despite being one of Scotland’s most famous exports, my encounters with him have mainly been restricted to humming along to Ae Fond Kiss. 

So when I recently discovered that the site of the Burns family ancestral home was nearby in Alloway, Ayr, I set out to discover more about this intriguing, Scottish wordsmith.

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