In Celebration of Robert Burns

Rena George Scotland 6 Comments

It’s Scotland, the date 1759… Picture a freezing cold late January night in wintery Ayrshire, perhaps with snow swirling around the door of the low clay-built cottage above. Candles flicker around the tiny kitchen as Agnes Burnes, in the later stages of childbirth, takes to her bed in the dark recess. It is here that her, and husband William’s, firstborn son, Robert, comes into the world. William is a market gardener, Agnes a dutiful wife. They live simply off the …