Tonight is Burns Night, the annual celebration of Robert Burns, Scotland's favorite son, who was born on this day in 1757. Also known as the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard, Burns) is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and his birthday is celebrated worldwide.
Just released in paperback, Rosemary Goring's Scotland: The Autobiography is a vivid, wide-ranging, and engrossing account of Scotland s history, composed of timeless stories by those who experienced it first-hand. From the battlefield to the sports field, this is living, accessible history told by crofters, criminals, servants, housewives, poets, journalists, nurses, politicians, prisoners, comedians, sportsmen, and many more. There several excerpts about Robert Burns, including a fascinating review by Henry Mackenzie in 1786.