Robbie Burns Day is coming up this Saturday, January 25th, and we at UIowa Special Collections have created a mini-display in anticipation.  The day serves as an opportunity to celebrate the life and poetry of the recently named “Greatest Scot of all time”: Robert Burns!  Burns was born on January 25, 1759, and would have turned 255 this year! The day is most often celebrated with a supper featuring haggis (of course), toasting and poetry reading, and a rousing round of “Auld Lang Syne” (written by Burns in 1788).  So grab your preferred Scottish beverage this Saturday and toast to the man who wrote your favorite New Year’s song and provided the iconic words, “O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,” to murmur in your Valentine’s ear!

Items on display feature:

·         sheet music from the Ada Holding Miller collection (MsC 510 F4)

·         a print of Archibald Skirving’s red crayon portrait of Burns, from the larger Robert Burns Print collection edited by Seymour Eaton, 1900. (PR4335 .E3)

·         A Double Six from Scotland—“A pamphlet of six whiskies, each appropriately accompanied by a Robert Burns poem.” (PR 4302 K3)

·         and Poems Chiefly Scottish printed in 1787 (PR4312 P6)

-Jillian P.

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