Robert Burns was born in Alloway, south west Scotland on January 25th 1759, he is Scotland's most famous poet and celebrated worldwide. Known as Rabbie Burns, or The Bard as well as The Ploughman's Poet, due to his parentage; Burns was born to a family of poor tenant farmers.

The man himself

Despite their poverty Burns' father was a firm believer in Education and arranged for him to be tutored privately giving him a good education in French, Latin and Literature. When his father passed away in 1784, Burns and his brother took over the farm.