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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Celebrate Burns' Night

To celebrate Burns’ night and the official opening of the new £21 million Burns Birthplace Museum, VisitScotland’s Business Tourism Unit shares some lesser known facts on the nation’s Bard:

• The eldest of seven children, Robert Burns fathered thirteen children by four different women.


• The Burns-penned Auld Lang Syne has appeared in over 170 Hollywood films, from It’s a Wonderful Life to When Harry Met Sally.


• Burns had the honour of being the first person to feature on a commemorative bottle of Coca Cola, the only occasion when the company have designated a design to one nation.


• At a time when men of the peasantry cut their hair short, and the upper classes wore wigs or styled their hair as if they did, Burns “wore the only tied hair in the parish".


• There are more public statues of Robert Burns around the world than any other writer.  A statue of Burns in Camperdown, Australia, is thought to be the oldest existing statue of the poet anywhere in the world.


• Burns’ foot size was a size 8 – a pair of his monogrammed socks can be found on display at the museum.


The new museum building offers a truly unique experience for corporate groups providing them with the exclusive opportunity to gain a greater insight into the life of Scottish poet and international icon Robert Burns.  The museum comprises a stylish cafe with adjacent Robertson Room, plus a brand new exhibition space.  Housing the world’s most important collection of Robert Burn’s life and work, the exhibition area offers an inspirational setting for corporate drinks receptions. 


For details on the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, visit


Further advice and inspiration on other corporate venues in Scotland can be found at

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