Robert Burns – Born in Alloway, South Ayrshire, on 25 January 1759

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

A newspaper obituary from August 1796 reporting on the life, death and funeral of Robert Burns

To celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns, we thought we’d post this newspaper article from 1796, that reports on the life, death and funeral of Scotland’s Bard and ‘peasant poet’ (hmm, it can be debated if he was a ‘heaven-taught ploughman’, as we suspect he read quite a bit whenever he had time!).

As two of Burns’s most famous lines are:

O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!

we thought he would appreciate an article on his life and art that was published in an English newspaper.

There are 100s interesting newspaper stories in the Archive about Robert Burns – just do a search on his name to find them.

newspaper story about  Robert burns

Hampshire Chronicle – Saturday 06 August 1796

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