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.
Hampshire Chronicle – Saturday 06 August 1796
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