This Tuesday (25th January) marks the 252nd anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. The occasion will be celebrated by patriotic Scots, poetry lovers and romantics the world over with the customary Burns supper of haggis, neeps, and tatties, accompanied by poetry and songs, drinking and revelry! This year Burns enthusiasts have another good reason to celebrate, with the official opening of the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.
Special Collections is delighted to be contributing to the festivities by lending two fascinating Burns-related items to the museum. The first is a copy of his 1787 Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect which includes three additional Burns poems penned into the endpapers by the poet himself. The second is Burns’ own copy of Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Burns was a great admirer of Smith’s writing and The Theory of Moral Sentiments is said to have influenced some of his most powerful and thought-provoking verse.
The museum, in Alloway, Ayrshire, comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works. These two volumes will be on display at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum until 2012. “Nae man can tether time or tide”, as Burns well knew, so make sure you get down to Ayrshire in good time to see them!
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