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Salute To Robert Burns

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SALUTE TO ROBERT BURNS (R4x32) 4C set Ann Campbell St Andrews of Brampton Book

1- 8 1s dance Figures of 8 on sides round 2s+3s (RSh to 2s to start)
9-16 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
17-24 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RH across and LH back
25-32 1s ½ turn LH, dance in prom hold to bottom (2s+3s+4s step up bars 27-28) and turn RH 1½ times

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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Robert Burns, born on January 25, 1759, in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland, is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.

Known for his significant contributions to Scottish literature, Burns's literary legacy is primarily embodied in his poetry and songs, composed in the Scots language and English. He emerged as a prominent figure during the Romantic movement.

Burns's early life was marked by financial hardship, yet he exhibited a keen interest in literature and education. His works often reflected his experiences as a farmer and his observations of rural life. In 1786, he published his first collection of poems, titled "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect", which garnered critical acclaim for its authenticity and exploration of universal themes.

One of Burns's notable achievements is his reworking and popularization of traditional Scottish folk songs. His ability to capture the essence of Scottish culture and folklore in his compositions contributed significantly to the preservation and promotion of Scotland's cultural identity.

Among his most celebrated works is the New Year's Eve song "Auld Lang Syne", a composition that transcended cultural boundaries and became a globally recognized tune, particularly associated with bidding farewell to the old year. Burns's poetic prowess extended to addressing social and political issues, emphasizing themes such as equality, love, and the human condition.

Robert Burns was a very important person in Scotland. He didn't just write poems and songs, he also helped make Scottish culture popular again. His work is still loved today, and every year on January 25th, people celebrate Burns Night. They get together, eat traditional Scottish food, and read his poems.

Robert Burns Portrait
"Portrait Of Burns" Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840), c. 1787

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