Robert Burns
Robert Burns
Robert Burns.

Born on 25 January 1759 in Alloway, the eldest of seven childern. He grew up, living in poverty and working on the family farm, in the house that his dad had built. Burns was educated at home by his father, and worked alongside him on the farm. Burns also got some of his education from John Murdoch at the Parish Church. During the summer of 1772, Burns attended a grammar school before returning home for the harvest and planting seasons.

At the age of 15, Burns wrote his first piece of poetry "O, Once I Lov'd A Bonnie Lass"
During his lifetime, Burns loved many "Bonnie Lass'" and was famously known as a ladies man. HIs first love was with his mother's servent and she bore their child in 1785. He then went on to love Jean Armour. He married her and they had nine childern together. Unfortunately only three of them survived to become adults. Burns began to get into money difficulties and ended up working in Jamaica. he returned six years later and fell in love with Mary Campbell, to whom many of his poems are dedicated. They planned to run away to Jamaica together. It is said that they exchanged vows but after leaving her work she returned to her parents home and wasn't heard of again.
On the 31 July 1786 Burns first became a published writer thanks to John Wilson. Poems Cheifly in the Scottish Dialecexternal image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR9_PhYn8orFVad101KmVhrKFQ_x4FjQjIUHVwiJEblYFbYSYm2t contain many of Burns top number of the time. These included: The Twa Dogs; Address to the Deil; Halloween; The Cotter's Saturday Night; To a Mouse; Epitaph for James Smith and To a Mountain Daisy.

After his success in published poetry he became know through-out the area. He still planned to emigrate to Jamaica, despite his fame, but postponed his leaving and later discovered Jean Armour had given birth to his twins.

Burns decided to remain in Scotland where he continued his career as a poet and started writing lyrics. This is when he wrote our chosen poem "Auld Lang Syne".

Unfortunately not long after his lyricist career on the morning of 21 July 1796, Robert Burns died. His fueneral was held on the 25th July, the same day as his son Maxwelll was born. Burns was laid to rest in St. Michael's Churchyard in Dumfries but was later moved to a different area of the cemetery know as the Burns Mausoleum where he still lies with his wife , Jean.