Born: January 25, 1759
Died: July 21, 1796
Occupation: Poet, lyricist, farmer, exciseman
Biography: Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland.