Kindly supplied to us by Eileen from Ballantrae, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Introduction to Robert Burns and Burns Night supper
Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland, on January 25 and died in Dumfries, Scotland, on July 21, 1796. He was a bard and wrote many poems, lyrics and other pieces. Some addressed political and civil issues. He is probably best known for "Auld Lang Syne", sung at New Year's Eve not only in Scotland but all around the world. He is also known as: "Rabbie Burns"; the "Bard of Ayrshire"; "Scotland's favourite son"; and in Scotland "The Bard".
The first Burns' supper was on July 21, the anniversary of his death, in Ayrshire, Scotland, in the late 1700s. The date was later changed to January 25, which marks his birthday. Burns' suppers are now held on or close to his birthday by people and organizations with Scottish origins worldwide.