Wishing you a happy Burns Night! Today marks Robert Burns 261st birthday! Burns is known as the National Poet of Scotland, and wrote over 300 poems and songs which celebrate love, friendship, work, and drink. Included in these is RED, RED ROSE (above) and AULD LANG SYNE. Burns is the best known of the poets who wrote in Scots, though some of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect. A celebration of Burns Night is a celebration of life, of poetry, and of Scottish culture.