Random Fact: Robert Burns

The anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth on January 25, 1759, is celebrated as Burns Night.

His surname when he was born was Burnes, but he dropped the penultimate letter when his father, landscape gardener William Burnes, died. Although Burns lived only 37 years, he fathered at least 12 children with four different women.

Burns had a pet sheep called Poor Mailie and a favourite dog named Luath.

There are said to be more statues of Burns worldwide than any non-religious figure apart from Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus. Oddly enough, the oldest statue of Burns is in Camperdown in the Australian state of Victoria.

There is a crater on Mercury named after Robert Burns.

Portrait of Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet and composer, Engraving

Portrait of Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet and composer, Engraving