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Robert Burns

Marble statue of Robert Burns sculpted by WJ Maxwell, found just outside the State Library of South Australia, on North Terrace, Adelaide. I love this waistcoat and tails, and would love a dressup costume just like that.



Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) was a Scottish poet and 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 his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.


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.


Entry for Scavenge Challenge March 2013 #22. Find a sculpture depicting a historical (real) human figure.

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Taken on March 31, 2013