Scotland's National Poet.
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Robert Burns, born in 1759 and who died young in 1796, is the national bard of Scotland. His poems and songs are performed and sung the world over to this day. 'extremely well-written and researched and entertaining. . . this book fills a genuine gap in providing for the first time a biography of Burns that is suitable for younger readers' - Dr Gerard Carruthers"
Norman Kerry and Lillian Gish in the 1927 silent film, "Annie Laurie". The story is set at the time of the Campbell-MacDonald feud, leading up to the infamous massacre of Glencoe, when the English-loving Campbells treacherously murdered a batch of sleeping MacDonalds. Lillian plays a Campbell who falls for a MacDonald, leading to kilted Romeo & Juliet antics.
Niel Gow (1727-1807). Violinist & composer, 1787, by Sir Henry Raeburn. Scotland's most famous fiddler & composer of strathspeys & reels, lived in the cottage where he had been born, just outside Dunkeld, Perthshire. Travelled all over the country playing at balls & festivities. He was known for accompanying his playing with an occasional sudden shout, which startled and excited the dancers. Poet Robert Burns visited Gow was struck by the sitter's open heartedness & honest, simple appearance.
THE SELKIRK GRACE This plaque is mounted on the wall of the Rose Garden opposite Robert Burns's House & Museum in Dumfries. Although the "Selkirk Grace" is attributed to Robert Burns, a version was known in the 17th century as the Galloway Grace or the Covenanters' Grace and was said in Lallans (the Lowland Scots dialect). The first verse is usually said at Burns Suppers.