The 25th of January, the birthday of Robert Burns, is celebrated by Scots around the world. Robert Burns endeared himself to the Scottish people because he wrote poetry and stories in the “Old Scots” and thus saved the dialect for posterity at a time when the English rulers were forcing the people of the Borders and Highlands to speak English.
Burns was born in 1759 in Ayrshire, Scotland and died in 1796. This year is the 252nd anniversary of his birth, and the 15th year that “Burns Night” has been presented in Franklin by the Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center. In the 18th and 19th centuries, many people left Scotland after their defeat at the Battle of Culloden and because they were forced off their agricultural properties so the large landowners could raise sheep.