For Auld Lang Syne… OK. It’s not New Year’s. But do you know who WROTE Auld Lang Syne? It’s a poem written by the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns. Or Robbie Burns as we like to call him in Halifax. And today is his birthday!
Burns lived from 1759-1796. Just 37 years. He was a poet and lyrist who is regarded as the National Poet of Scotland – but he is well-known around the world. Here in Halifax we even have a Burns Club – which celebrates the life of the poet and promotes Scottish culture. There are only 37 male members in the by-invitation-only club – one member for every year of Burns’ life. They like to get together and do things like eat haggis. OK – I don’t know about the haggis part – but they do regularly meet. And they will be meeting and singing songs under Burns’ statue in the park today – and they will later be having a social – at a local pub.
So that’s all interesting – BUT did you KNOW that Burns loved dogs?! And he was owned by a border collie named Luath. Luath was his constant companion, and several sources say that Luath introduced Burns to his future wife – by stealing some of the woman’s laundry!