In Celebration of the Bard

In case you didn’t know, 25 January is the birthday of the poet and song writer Robert Burns. Emma and I decided to mark the day by attending the Surgeons’ Hall Museum’s lunchtime event on “The Medical Times of Robert Burns”. Folksinger and storyteller Phyllis Davidson used song, stories and poems to link the medicine of that period to the events happening in Burns’ own life, for example, the births of his children, dental problems (yes, Burns really did write an “Address to the Toothache”!) and the ideas for healthy living that weren’t able to prolong his life beyond 37 years. Being poorly in the 1700s was not for the faint-hearted!

He really did have a full and interesting life! Check out the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum website to see some of the key dates in his life and a sample of his many poems.

While we’re on this literary theme, readers of the blog might be interested in this item on the Fast Track section of the BBC news website. The mystery paper sculptor of Edinburgh is a really uplifting story. How lovely to read of someone making these beautiful objects and presenting them as gifts to various cultural buildings in Edinburgh, including the Writers’ Museum and the National Museum of Scotland.

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