As Scotland gets ready to celebrate Burns Night 2020, we take a look at the man who inspired the annual celebration, Robert Burns.
Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist from the 1700s, who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.
He wrote more than 550 poems and songs before his death in 1796.
He is best known for his work in the Scottish language and works focusing on political issues and his liberal views.
One of his most famous pieces of work is Auld Lang Syne – heard of it?
In 2009, he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by STV.
Many people hold Burns suppers on or around Burns Night to celebrate the man in question, and these involve toasting and reading pieces written by Burns.
The meal centres on the Scottish speciality haggis, which Burns wrote about in the poem Address To A Haggis.
New research has also found that Scotland’s national bard features in more than 470 road names across the UK.
Glasgow has the highest concentration of streets named after Robert Burns with 72 featuring his name, according to Royal Mail analysis released on the eve of Burns Night.
The town of Ayr, near his birthplace of Alloway, has the second highest number with 25, followed by London on 19.
The Ayrshire village of Mauchline, where he lived for a time, and Greenock in Inverclyde are joint fourth with 16.
Royal Mail said the poet has inspired 720 street names in total around the UK, with some addresses influenced by his work, people he knew and the food and drink associated with Burns Night.