21/07/2017
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Robert Burns died - On this day in Scottish history

56cbf69c-4011-458e-8e31-a6dbdc3b547e

Scottish poet and songwriter Robert Burns, the 'ploughman poet', died on 21 July 1796 at the age of 37. Read our special guide to sites associated with Robert Burns.

Burns's death came after years of ill health and his funeral took place on the same day that his son Maxwell was born. Among Burns's many works are Tam O'Shanter, To a Mouse, and A Man's a Man For a' That.

Burns died in his home in Dumfries and his funeral was held in the town four days later, after which he was buried in St Michael's Churchyard. His body was later moved to a mausoleum in the same churchyard, with his widow Jean Armour buried beside him in 1834.

The influence of Robert Burns remains strong both in his native Scotland and in countries around the world where Scots have settled - with societies dedicated to his memory, the well-loved tradition of Burns Night on 25 January, as well as statues and streets dedicated to him and even a crater on the planet Mercury.

Back to "Burns Night" Category

21/07/2017 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

The Burrell Collection was opened - On this day in Scottish history

The Burrell Collection was opened on 21 October 1983.


Colin Campbell 1st Baron of Clyde was born - On this day in Scottish history

Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde was born on 20 October 1792.


500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation marked by National Library of Scotland display

A rare copy of one of the most important documents in European history is on show at the National Library of ...


The first public sedan chairs in Scotland became available - On this day in Scottish history

Scotland's first public hire sedan chairs became available on 19 October 1687.


Other Articles

Queen consort Margaret Tudor died on 18 October 1541

Queen consort Margaret Tudor died on 18 October 1541.


The Skye Bridge opened - on this day in Scottish history

The Skye Bridge opened on 17 October 1995.


Like father like son: Arthur Jefferson, the father of comedian Stan Laurel

Author Danny Lawrence tells the story of theatre actor and playwright Arthur Jefferson, whose many talents ...


John Knox House - yes and no

What connections did John Knox have with the house on Edinburgh's Royal Mile which bears his name? Donald ...