As tomorrow is Burns Night I thought I’d share this link with you, forensic experts have recreated a life-size model of Robert Burns’ face. Here’s the link if you’d like to have a look.
Just for the occasion of Burns Night here are a few Robert Burns facts you may or may not know;
1) Robert Burns was a Scottish poet who was born in 1759 and died in 1796 age 37.
2) Robert Burns is the composer of Auld Lang Syne and Red Red Rose as well as lots of other great poems.
3) The very first Burns Night was held on the 29th January 1802, but was changed a year later to the 25th January when it was realised that this was Robert Burns actual birthday not the 29th January.
4) Robert Burns had 12 children!
5) He was the first ever person to appear on a commemorative bottle of Coca-Cola, in 2009.
6) Robert Burns was the eldest of seven children.
Tomorrow traditionally before the cutting of the haggis the Robert Burns poem, Address to a Haggis, is dramatically recited, I’d recite it for you but as you can’t hear me here are the words. 🙂
Address to a Haggis in Scots dialect:
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang’s my arm.
And the standard English translation:
Fair is your honest cheerful face,
Great chieftain of the pudding race!
Above them all you take your place,
Stomach, tripe or intestines:
Well are you worthy of a grace
As long as my arm.
I hope everyone who’s celebrating Burns Night has a terrific night 🙂
How do you celebrate Burns Night? Is it in the traditional way or your own special way? I’d love to know