Burns National Heritage Park, Alloway Scotland
Robert Burns was born in Alloway in Ayrshire Scotland in 1759 on the 25th January.
Whilst a boy his mother would sing traditional Scottish songs and a cousin enthralled him with stores of ghosts and witches. He would roam the Alloway countryside learning about plants, birds and animals. He published his first book of poems in 1786 at the age of 27. Tragically he died in July 1796, aged just 37 and by this time had become a well known Scottish Poet.
Burns Cottage is part of the Burns National Heritage Park and is the cottage where he was born and lived until the age of 7. It is an Auld Clay Biggin in the village of Alloway, which has a number of buildings, monuments and structures which form part of the part, and played a role in his works. On a visit you get to see around the house, you can see authentic artefacts and a chance to see some of his most famous works.
There are more attractions to see within the Heritage Park including the Tam O'Shanter experience. See their website for full details.
The night of 25th January is a celebration for Scottish folk to celebrate their beloved poet with a feast and recitals. The first celebration was on the fifth anniversary of his death, by a group of his friends, held in the cottage where he was born. The tradition of Burns suppers grew from this and now they are held on the anniversary of his birth.
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