Robert Burns Biography

This Biography consists of approximately 30 pages of information about the life of Robert Burns.
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Born on 25 January 1759 in Alloway, Scotland, to William and Agnes Brown Burnes, Robert Burns (he eventually dropped the "e" from his surname) followed his father's example by becoming a tenant farmer. Unlike William Burnes, however, Burns was able to escape the vicissitudes and vagaries of the soil in two ways: toward the end of his life he became an excise collector in Dumfries, where he died in 1796; and throughout his life he was a practicing poet. As a poet he recorded and celebrated aspects of farm life, regional experience, traditional culture, class culture and distinctions, and religious practice and belief in such a way as to transcend the particularities of his inspiration, becoming finally the national poet of Scotland. Although he did not set out to achieve that designation, he clearly and repeatedly expressed his wish to be called a Scotch bard, to extol his native...

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