Robert Burns

1759 - 1796

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Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known familiarly as Rabbie Burns, 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 in a "light Scots dialect" of English, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Burns has received more than 5,322,243 page views. His biography is available in 86 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 85 in 2019). Robert Burns is the 551st most popular writer (down from 489th in 2019), the 388th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 381st in 2019) and the 44th most popular British Writer.

Robert Burns is a Scottish poet, born in 1759. He is most famous for his poem "Auld Lang Syne" which is sung on New Year's Eve.

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The complete poetical works
A collection of poetry from three very different Irish talents.
Tam O'Shanter
Poetical works
Literary Criticism
The works of Robert Burns
The cotter's Saturday night
The letters of Robert Burns


Among writers, Robert Burns ranks 551 out of 7,302Before him are Frantz Fanon, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Gustav Meyrink, Georg Trakl, Patrick Süskind, and Mo Yan. After him are Klaus Mann, Paul Lafargue, Arthur Koestler, W. Somerset Maugham, Francisco de Quevedo, and Mikael Agricola.

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Among people born in 1759, Robert Burns ranks 6Before him are Friedrich Schiller, Georges Danton, Joseph Fouché, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Maria Feodorovna. After him are Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia, William Pitt the Younger, William Wilberforce, Clotilde of France, Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, and Maria Theresia von Paradis. Among people deceased in 1796, Robert Burns ranks 2Before him is Catherine the Great. After him are Victor Amadeus III of Sardinia, Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Princess Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt, James Macpherson, Adolph Freiherr Knigge, Johann Daniel Titius, Thomas Reid, Shahrokh Shah, Pyotr Rumyantsev, and Charles of Saxony, Duke of Courland.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Robert Burns ranks 388 out of 8,785Before him are Pelagius (360), Henry Morgan (1635), William Crookes (1832), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Angus Young (1955), and Sweyn II of Denmark (1020). After him are Henry Hallett Dale (1875), Lemmy (1945), Thomas Cromwell (1485), Oswald Mosley (1896), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), and George Eliot (1819).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Robert Burns ranks 44Before him are Christopher Marlowe (1564), Thomas Paine (1737), Philip Larkin (1922), Anthony Burgess (1917), Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849), and Harold Pinter (1930). After him are George Eliot (1819), A. A. Milne (1882), Enid Blyton (1897), Samuel Butler (1835), D. H. Lawrence (1885), and John Donne (1572).