Robert Burns & Burns Night 2018

At Camera Obscura we are looking forward to celebrating Burns night supper tonight.

We are going have a quick look at “Rabbie” Burns life and things to do in Edinburgh to help celebrate the life of a beloved poet.

Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759, in Ayrshire, Scotland. He is an iconic Scottish figure gracing our ten pound notes and whose works of poetry are still recited to this day.

Burns was a cheeky lad, a romantic and a legend in his own right, managing to father 12 children in his lifetime before his death at the age of 37. He certainly had a way with words and flattery so it’s no wonder that he has captured the hearts of so many.

Burn’s suppers are hosted on the poet’s birthday to celebrate his life and his works. The first ever Burn’s Supper was hosted by friends of late poet marking the five year anniversary of his death. They ate, drank, and reminisced about their fallen friend by reading his works.

You could pay tribute to the poet by visiting the Robert Burn’s monument here in Edinburgh that resides on Regent Road just by Calton Hill.

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Others prefer to attend a Burn’s Night Supper and ceilidh that are hosted all around Edinburgh. Due to the popularity of the poet, most events must be pre-booked, however you can have a look at “The List” which mentions a handful of celebrations happening in the city, check out the link below:

If you don’t want to go out, many have a quiet celebration at home. If you want to know more about Robert Burns we have a few recommendations for you.

Artist David Begbie created a steel sculpture of Robert Burns which will feature in the Burns Unbroke Festival in Edinburgh which starts from today until March the 10th 2018. You can find out more here

The artist has been quoted saying ““I am proud to be Scottish, and Robert Burns is certainly Scotland’s most famous poet. This, combined with his relationship with Alison Begbie, his first real love and the inspiration for many of his works, over two centuries later, inspired me to create this portrait.” – David Begbie.

We hope you have a fantastic Burn’s Supper!


Written by Christine McCleary


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