‘O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us‘
Robert Burns (25 Jan 1759 – 21 July 1796)
Not only has Dumfries provided inspiration for the iconic story of Peter Pan, we must also claim some responsibility for another, rather well known literary figure… one Robert Burns, who died on this day in 1796, in Dumfries aged just 37 years. He thought of Dumfries as his ‘song shop’. This was the place where he wrote more than 100 songs and brought us many of his most famous and enduring works, including For A’ That and A’ That, Tam O’ Shanter and A Red, Red Rose.
The great Bard and Jean Armour called in to Moat Brae in the run up to ‘Life, Love and Liberty’ – the Burns Pageant by John Cairney is performed every two years in the streets of Dumfries courtesy of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Association.