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Born in January 25, 1759 / Died in July 21, 1796 / United Kingdom / English


Other info : Furtherreading


  • Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Kilmarnock: Printed by John Wilson, 1786; revised and enlarged edition, Edinburgh: Printed for the author, and sold by William Creech, 1787; Philadelphia: Printed for, and sold by Peter Stewart and George Hyde, 1788; enlarged edition, 2 volumes, Edinburgh: Printed for T. Cadell, London, and William Creech, Edinburgh, 1793).


  • The Works of Robert Burns: With an Account of His Life, and a Criticism of His Writings. To Which Are Prefixed, Some Observations of the Character and Condition of the Scottish Peasantry, 4 volumes, edited by James Currie (Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery; for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, London; and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1800).
  • The Works of Robert Burns, 5 volumes, edited by James Hogg and William Motherwell (Glasgow: Fullarton, 1834-1836).
  • The Life and Works of Robert Burns, edited by P. Hateley Waddell (Glasgow: Wilson, 1867).
  • The Life and Works of Robert Burns, 4 volumes, edited by Robert Chambers, revised by William Wallace (Edinburgh: Chambers, 1896).
  • The Poetry of Robert Burns, 4 volumes, edited by W. E. Henley and T. F. Henderson (Edinburgh: Jack, 1896-1897).
  • The Songs of Robert Burns, edited by J. C. Dick (London & New York: Frowde, 1903); reprinted, with "Notes on Scottish Songs by Robert Burns" (Hatboro, Pa.: Folklore Associates, 1962).
  • Robert Burns's Commonplace Book 1783-1785, facsimile edition, edited by J. C. Ewing and Davidson Cook (Glasgow: Cowans & Gray, 1938).
  • The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, 3 volumes, edited by James Kinsley (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968).


  • The Scots Musical Museum, 6 volumes, edited by Burns and James Johnson, with contributions by Burns (Edinburgh: Printed and sold by James Johnson, 1787-1803).
  • A Select Collection of Original Scotish Airs for the Voice, 5 volumes, edited by George Thomson, with contributions by Burns (London: Preston & Son, 1793-1818).
  • The Merry Muses of Caledonia: A Collection of Favorite Scots Songs, attributed to Burns as editor and contributor (Edinburgh?: Peter Hill?, 1800?); republished as The Merry Muses of Caledonia: Collected and in Part Written by Robert Burns, edited by Gershon Legman (New Hyde Park, N.Y.: University Books, 1965).


  • The Letters of Robert Burns, 2 volumes, edited by J. De Lancey Ferguson (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931); second edition, 2 volumes, edited by G. Ross Roy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985).

The main collections of manuscript materials by Robert Burns are in the Burns Cottage Collection, Alloway; the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York; the British Museum; the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh; the Adam Collection of the Rosenbach Company, Philadelphia; the Kilmarnock Monument Museum; the Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California; and the Edinburgh University Library.