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Groundskeeper Willie hails from Orkneyys

KIRKWALL, Scotland, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Groundskeeper Willie, the red-haired Scotsman who works at Bart Simpson's school, has finally revealed he is a native of Kirkwall in the Orkneys.

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Scottish singer Kenneth McKellar dies

LALE TAHOE, Calif., April 10 (UPI) -- Kenneth McKellar, a Scottish tenor who brought the songs of Robert Burns to the world, has died at the age of 82.

U.S. envoy, Syrian president talk

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A senior U.S. diplomat is in Syria as part of President Barack Obama's outreach to improve bilateral relations, officials said.

Developer wants to reopen historic pub

TWEEDSMUIR, Scotland, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The developer who had big plans for a Scottish pub where Robert Burns and other writers raised their glasses now says he wants to work with preservationists.

Author: Trial in the United States dying

EVANSTON, Ill., April 1 (UPI) -- Legal decisions made behind closed doors are serving to greatly reduce the number of open-court trials being held in the United States, a scholar says.

Critics question rock group's Burns ties

AYR, Scotland, April 10 (UPI) -- Some fans of poet Robert Burns say they are mystified by the selection of a veteran British rock group to headline a festival honoring the Scottish bard.

Council refuses permission to convert pub

TWEEDSMUIR, Scotland, March 25 (UPI) -- A local council ruled Tuesday that a historic Scottish inn said to have been a haunt of poet Robert Burns cannot be converted into housing.

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Robert Burns' hip flask up for sale

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A hip flask that once belonged to Scotland’s hard-drinking national poet, Robert Burns, goes on the auction block this month.

No memorial for Scotland's bad bard

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 2 (UPI) -- William Topaz McGonagall, the Scottish poet widely reviled in life, is getting no honor in death either.

Master forger not so good at body doubles

CHICAGO, April 24 (UPI) -- A 450-pound Chicago master document forger who tried faking his own death with a 185-pound corpse has lost his federal court appeal.
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Robert Burns
SLP98042803- 28 APRIL 1998- ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: Students at Washington University have apparently played a spring prank, by placing an umbrella in the hands of the 1928 statue of Robert Burns, April 28. UPI Bill Greenblatt

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a "light" Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these pieces, his political or civil commentary is often at its most blunt.

He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and after his death became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. A cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world, celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was voted by the Scottish public as being the Greatest Scot, through a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.

As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) Auld Lang Syne is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and Scots Wha Hae served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well-known across the world today include A Red, Red Rose; A Man's A Man for A' That; To a Louse; To a Mouse; The Battle of Sherramuir; Tam o' Shanter, and Ae Fond Kiss.

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