|Robert (Rabbie) Burns, Scottish 18th century poet and lyricist.|
Today we celebrate the notorious Robert (Rabbie, as the Scots call him) Burns of Scotland’s birthday, otherwise known as Burns Night. Well loved and a lover of all, Rabbie Burns wrote poetry and songs
until the day he died, which was quite young at 37 years old (died July 21, 1796). He started his life (born January 25, 1759) as a farmer’s son then became a farmer himself in his early days. He farmed with his brother as he wrote songs and poetry. His admiration in those early poems and songs were mainly for the ladies. Of which, he adored many. Here’s one of his love poems:
by Robert Burns
by Robert Burns
One of the women in the Mauchline Belles group was Jean Armour. She had Robert’s baby and eventually married him even though her father forbade it. The reasoning for his refusal could have been that Robert put the cart before the horse, per se, and got her pregnant before taking their wedding vows. However, it is most likely because Robert’s mother’s servant gave birth to Robert’s (first) child just before Jean became pregnant. Wikipedia has a great bit on this:
[Robert Burn’s] casual love affairs did not endear him to the elders of the local kirk and created for him a reputation amongst his neighbours for dissoluteness. His first child, Elizabeth Paton Burns (1785–1817), was born to his mother’s servant, Elizabeth Paton (1760-circa 1799) while he was embarking on a relationship with Jean Armour, who became pregnant with twins in March 1786 … Although Armour’s father initially forbade it, they were eventually married in 1788.
Here’s a fun short video from Scotland.org that covers more ground on Robert’s full, albeit short, life.
|Click on this link here to go to the Rhyme with Rabbie Burns game!|