Robbie Burns

1759 – 1796   Poet

Born into poverty, Burns grew up on a farm and was educated by his father. A poor farmer himself, his poetry however gained national attention. In addition to his lyrical writings, some in Gaelic, some in English and some in a light dialect, he collected and preserved Scottish folk songs. Many of Burns’ poems include Masonic elements. His works have had immense impact, not only on literature, but also on the English language. He is accredited as having been one of the leaders of the Romantic movement and has been popularly judged the most influential Scot in history. Robbie Burns dinners celebrate his birthday, 25 January, around the world each year. He is most widely remembered outside Scotland for his Auld Lang Syne, traditionally sung on New Year’s Eve.

St. David’s Lodge, Tarbolton, Scotland


“Nae man can tether time or tide.”

“The fear o’ hell ‘s a hangman’s whip
To haud the wretch in order;
But where ye feel your honour grip,
Let that aye be your border.”

“While Europe’s eye is fix’d on mighty things,
The fate of empires and the fall of kings;
While quacks of State must each produce his plan,
And even children lisp the Rights of Man;
Amid this mighty fuss just let me mention,
The Rights of Woman merit some attention.”