Alloway - Rabbie Burns BirthPlace

Rabbie BurnsRobert Burns (25 January 1759 - 21 July 1796) (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a "light" Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these pieces, his political or civil commentary is often at its most blunt.


He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and after his death became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. A cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world, celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was voted by the Scottish public as being the Greatest Scot, through a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.


As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) Auld Lang Syne is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and Scots Wha Hae served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well-known across the world today include A Red, Red Rose; A Man's A Man for A' That; To a Louse; To a Mouse; The Battle of Sherramuir; Tam o' Shanter, and Ae Fond Kiss.


Under the new ownership of the National Trust for Scotland, 2009 also marks the start of a major redevelopment of Burns National Heritage Park . This will involve the redevelopment of the whole site and the building of a new museum - Robert Burns Birthplace Museum - to house the most important Burns collection in the world.


The museum will bring the Burns to life for the 21st century, celebrating his life, work and contribution to Scottish culture and inspiring every visitor. Please join us in supporting the redevelopment by visiting the appeals pages of the National Trust for Scotland website.


During this exciting phase of redevelopment, business will carry on as normal, with as little disruption as possible for visitors to Alloway. Visitors will still be able to travel back in time in the atmospheric cottage in which Burns was born and walk in the footsteps of Tam o'Shanter to the haunted ‘Auld Kirk' and Brig o'Doon, immortalised in Burns's much loved tale and brought to life in the audio-visual presentation within the Tam o'Shanter Experience.