Robert Burns was born into a farming family at Alloway in Ayrshire in 1759. He died in Dumfries at the early age of 37. Yet in that short time he had taken the Scottish literary world by storm, and had secured a place for himself in history and in legend.

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Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth
Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth. By permission of the National Galleries of Scotland.