10 facts about the great Bard Robert Burns

January 16, 2017

10 facts about the great Bard Robert Burns

Robert Burns is undoubtedly one of the most iconic Scots of all time. Even to this day his poems, songs and his legacy lives on and continues to inspire writers, musicians and artists around the world. With Burns Night just around the corner (25th of January folks so grab yer kilt, haggis and bottle of whisky now) how well do you actually know your national treasure? Heres 10 facts to impress your guests round the table as you celebrate the great man himself.


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Abraham Lincoln the most famous of US Presidents could recite Burns’ works off by heart.


Auld lang syne

One of Burns most famous works, Auld Lang Syne, has appeared in over 170 Hollywood films including When Harry Met Sally, The Apartment, and It’s A Wonderful Life.


Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger American designer claims he is the great, great, great nephew of Robert Burns.



It is claimed that the poem "Tam O’Shanter" was the inspiration for Michael Jacksons's hit song Thriller!


Coca cola

Robert Burns was not only the first Scot but the first person to feature on a bottle of Coca Cola.


Burns statue

After Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus, there are more statues dedicated to Robert Burns worldwide than any other non-religious figure. As well as in Scotland, monuments can be found in France, America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia.



At pedestrian crossings in Japan, the sound indicating to cross the road is a rendition of 'Coming Through The Rye'.


of mice and men

Author John Steinbeck took the title of his 1937 novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ from the Burns poem ‘To a Mouse’, ‘the best laid schemes o’ men an’ men/ gang aft agley’. 


Burns grave

In the summer of 1796 Burns died young, aged just 37. It’s not known what he died from but it is believed it was a blood infection following a tooth extraction. 


Bob Dylan

Singer songwriter Bob Dylan revealed that ‘A Red, Red Rose’ is the source of his greatest creative inspiration.

Burns Night is just around the corner and so are we. Why not pop in and see our range of hand made Wood for food chopping and serving boards. Ideal for serving your Burns Night haggis on. As well as our hand made wooden Quaichs. The very traditional way to drink your wee dram to celebrate the great man himself. 

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