• Other than religious figures, only Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus have more statues dedicated to them around the world than Robert Burns.Robert Burns Chess Set

 

  • J.D. Salinger’s famous 1951 novel ‘Catcher in the Rye’ based its title from a poem by Robert Burns ‘Comin’ Thro’ the Rye’.

 

  • The Soviet Union was the first country in the world to honour Burns with a commemorative stamp, marking the 160th anniversary of his death in 1956.

 

  • A translation of ‘My Hearts in the Highlands’ was adopted as the marching song of the Chinese resistance fighters in the Second World War.

 

  • In an interview in 2009, folk legend Bob Dylan revealed his greatest inspiration was Rabbie Burns. When asked to name the lyric or verse that had the greatest impact on his life, rather than quoting his idol Woody Guthrie or poet Dylan Thomas (from whom it is th
    ought that Robert Zimmerman took his name Dylan) selected A Red, Red Rose, written by Burns in 1794.

 

  • John Steinbeck took the title of his 1937 novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ from a line contained in Burns’ poem ‘To a Mouse’:                                                                                                                                                             ‘The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley                                                                                      and leave us naught but grief and pain for promised joy. 

 

  • ‘Is there for Honest Poverty’ (also known as ‘A Man’s A Man for a’ That’) Burns’ song of equality and universal brotherhood, was chosen as the anthem to open tRobert Burns Chess Sethe new Scottish Parliament in 1999.

 

  • A miniature book of Robert Burns’ poetry was carried into orbit by astronaut Nick Patrick on a two week space mission in 2010, completing a 5.7 million mile trip and 217 orbits of the Earth.

 

  • Auld Lang Syne’ is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as being one of the top Robert Burns Chess Setthree most popular songs in the English language. The other two are ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘For he’s a jolly good fellow’.

 

  • In 2009, Robert Burns became the first ever person to appear on a commemorative bottle  of Coca-Cola