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  1. Burns Night 2015

    Burns Night 2015
    Burns Night is a celebration held on the 25th January, that honours the life and works of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. Even though his life was tragically cut short, he was able to leave behind a legacy that would immortalise him for centuries.Burns Night History Robert Burns was born in 1759 to a less than wealthy farming couple living off the Ayrshire coast in Scotland. He was to be the oldest of seven children and even with times of hardship always upon them his parents were keen to educate their offspring. Robert was able to group together with other families to share a tutor called John Murdoch, who taught him English grammar, giving him the tools he needed to become the poet we know and remember today. All that is, except the gift of singing it would seem as, ironically, a man who went on to write the most beautiful love songs had an “untuneable” voice according to his tutor. Career While Burns was becoming an educated man, he was still doing a full day’s work on the family farm to try and keep food on their table, but that would not keep him from his books. By the time Robert was 21 he had read the works of Shakespeare, David Hume, Adam Smith and nearly everything in between. This love of books fuelled his passion for literature and broadened his imagination. Books however were not his only passion in life. He had a love for women and celebrated them in songs and poetry. The legacy of Robert Burns includes many affairs which led to him fathering over a dozen children to various women! But it wasn’t just lust he saw for women; he also acknowledged them for their minds and opinions, believing them to have valuable insight. Continue reading →

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