Happy Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns day folks.
Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns, was born on this day in 1759. His birthday continues to be celebrated around the world.
Many people don’t realise that he also had close connections with Ulster. He is regarded as Scotland’s national poet: an icon who has loomed large in Ulster/Scottish culture and consciousness ever since his early death at the age of 37. Arguably his best known work is the song Auld Lang Syne: a long established feature of New Year celebrations in every corner of the world settled by the Scottish diaspora (which means, in effect, every corner of the world).