Auld Acquitance Remembered
Scottish poet Robert Burn is born January 25, 1759 in his father's farm cottage in Alloway. He tries farming but concluding that " the best-laid schemes o' mice an men " often go awry, turns to poetry. His 1786 book of poems, written in Scottish dialect, charms Edinburg society, though it brings burns more fame than fortune. He also collects, writes and rewrites hundred of Scottish songs, and his A Man's a Man for a' that and his version of Auld Lang Syne are staples at New Year's Eve parties and Burns Supper centuries after his death, at 37, in 1796.