Person Born 25/1/1759 Died 21/7/1796
Born Alloway, Ayrshire.
Wrote in the Scots language, and also in a Scots dialect which is accessible to English speakers. Also collected traditional songs. Scots the world over celebrate his birth by attending a Burns Supper on his birthday. These events are ritualised with bagpipes, toasts, readings, dancing and lots of whisky.
Works include: Auld Lang Syne, Scots Wha Hae, A Red Red Rose, To a Mouse.
The Selkirk Grace:
Some hae meat and canna eat,
and some wad eat that want it,
but we hae meat and we can eat,
and sae the Lord be thankit.