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Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, 2010/10/06 - Recently constructed, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is the first modern museum dedicated to the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns.
The mission of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is to preserve the passion and poetry of this most beloved poet, but also the Scottish tongue. To celebrate the grand opening of what is sure to become one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations and national treasures, Smooth Hound (smoothhound.co.uk) is offering lodging discounts to those traveling to Scotland.
Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Ayrshire in January of 1759. His birthday is now celebrated as a national holiday in Scotland and around the world. The new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum now houses and extensive collection of Burns’ work as well as personal artifacts all to aid in the telling of the history of his life. The facility is meant to cater to the tourist and researcher alike.
In October of 2004, Edinburgh became the first city to be designated a City of Literature by UNESCO. Although Burns was not from Edinburgh, much of the rich literary history that is enjoyed throughout Scotland today can be attributed to Burns. Few people outside of Scotland realize that the most popular song to sing on New Year’s Eve, Auld Lang Syne, was written as poem by Burns and then set to the tune of an old Scottish folk song.
Burns isn’t the only famous author to hail from Scotland. Indeed J.M. Barrie, the author of the children’s classic Peter Pan is also a Scotland native as is J.K. Rowling, Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin, all who live within one mile of each other.
In addition to spawning some of the most gifted authors in the world, Scotland has inspired more than 500 different novels, from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” to “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” to parts of “Frankenstein.” The famous author of “The Hound of Baskervilles” and “Sherlock Holmes”, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is also a Scotland native.
Literature lovers should not miss exploring the rich literary history of Scotland, or the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Understanding an author and their roots gives readers a much fuller literary experience.