Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman, Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.
Rabbie Burns has a strong connection with Kilmarnock, on 31 July 1786 John Wilson published the volume of works by Robert Burns, Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect.
Known as the Kilmarnock volume, it sold for 3 shillings and contained much of his best writing, including “The Twa Dogs”, “Address to the Deil”, “Halloween”, “The Cotter’s Saturday Night”, “To a Mouse”, “Epitaph for James Smith”, and “To a Mountain Daisy”, many of which had been written at Mossgiel farm.
The success of the work was immediate, and soon he was known across the country.
As delegates from across the pond, Patti Scott and Dave Hasbury from Neighbours International, USA were visiting us on the 25th January, we couldn’t let them go without a little pipe music!