By Jason Webber, Web Archive Engagement Manager, British Library
Born on 25 January 1759, Robert â€˜Rabbieâ€™ Burns, sometimes known as the â€˜National Bardâ€™, the â€˜Bard of Ayrshireâ€™ and the â€˜Ploughman Poetâ€™, is rightly famous for his poetry in the Scots dialect. Burnsâ€™ legacy remains strong into the digital age and his work has been widely collected and can be seen in the UK Web Archive.
This fantastic AHRC funded project â€˜Editing Robert Burnsâ€™ aims to produce a multi-edition volume of his work. If you like a pun you canâ€™t help but smile at â€˜Daylight Rabbery: The Story of â€˜Antique Smithâ€™sâ€™ Robert Burns Forgeriesâ€™.
Did you know that famous Greenwich landmark, and former tea clipper, â€˜Cutty Sarkâ€™ gets its name from the Robert Burns poem â€˜Tam oâ€™shanterâ€™?
But Tam kend what was what fu' brawlie:
There was ae winsome wench and waulie,
That night enlisted in the core,
Lang after ken'd on Carrick shore;
(For mony a beast to dead she shot,
And perish'd mony a bonie boat,
And shook baith meikle corn and bear,
And kept the country-side in fear.)
Her cutty-sark, o' Paisley harn
That while a lassie she had worn,
Do you know any online Robert Burns resources? We would love to include any in the UK Web Archive. Nominate any UK website here: www.webarchive.org.uk/nominate
Do also check out our â€˜Poetry Zines and Journalsâ€™ collection.
Happy Burns Night!