Showing posts with label Robert Burns. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robert Burns. Show all posts

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Robert Burns {Scottish Poet} Family History & Family Tree

Before my brother William passed away, he had a hunch about our lineage; he thought we were related to the famous Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. It's been 7 years of extensive research and I'm still chasing Robert Burns, but this time, I'm one step closer to proving the truth. So here's to hanging on and breaking through those brick walls. PRESENTING... Robert Burns, Scotland's Greatest Poet!!

Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is known as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV
  • Born: January 25, 1759, Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Parent's: William Burnes & Agnes Brown
  • Died: July 21, 1796, Dumfries, Scotland
  • Buried: Robert Burns Mausoleum at St. Michael's churchyard in Dumfries, Scotland
William Burnes & Agnes Brown had the following children: (Parents of Robert Burns the Poet)
  1. Robert Burns: born 25 Jan 1759, in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland. He officially married Jean Armour on 5 Aug 1788. Nine children were born to this union. Named after his paternal grandfather; Robert Burnes.
  2. Gilbert Burnes: born 1760-1827. Married Jean Breckenridge. Interred in Belton Cemetery, near Hoddington. Named after his maternal grandfather; Gilbert Brown.
  3. Agnes Burnes: born 1762-1834. Married William Goult. Interred in Dundolk Cemetery. Named after her mother; Agnes Brown.
  4. Annabella Burnes: born 14 Nov 1764 in Alloway, Aryshire, Scotland. Died, 2 Mar 1832 in Grant's Braes, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland. Unmarried. Interred in Bolton Cemetery, near Hoddington. Named after her paternal granmother; Annabella Brown.
  5. William Burnes: born 31 Jul 1767 in Mount Oliphant, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. Unmarried. Died, 24 Jul 1790 in London, England. Interred in St. Pauls Churchyard.
  6. John Burnes: born 12 Jul 1769 in Mount Oliphant, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. Died, 28 Oct 1785 in Mossgiel, Maunchline, Ayrshire, Scotland.
  7. Isabel Burnes: born 27 Jun 1771 in Mount Oliphant, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. Married John Begg. Died, 4 Dec 1858 in Bridgehouse, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

The Family Tree of Robert Burns 
(copied from the Archives at Salt Lake City Family History Library)
 Click Image to enlarge

Robert Burns was descended from the Burness family of Kincardineshire, where his ancestors were tenant farmers.  His Father William moved to Ayrshire in 1750, where Robert was born in 1759.  Robert signed his name Robert Burness until March 1786, when he adopted the spelling Burns, which is a common name in Ayrshire.

Robert Burns had a total of twelve children with four different women, which includes his wife Jean Armour.  Seven of his children were illegitimate, including the first four by Jean Armour before they were married in 1788, although under Scots law they were considered illegitimate after their parents marriage.  Of Jean's children six died young and another William Nicol Burns had no children.  all living descendants of Robert Burns and Jean Armor descend from either their granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth Maitland Tombs Burns (1821 - 1909), daughter of their fourth son James Glencairn Burns (1794 - 1865), or their granddaughter Anne Elizabeth Burns (c1820 - 1889), illegitimate daughter of their eldest son Robert Burns (1786 - 1857). Robert Burns & Jean Armour, also known as the "Belle of Mauchline" fell in love in 1786, and officially married on 5 Aug 1788.

Robert Burns & Jean Armour are the parents to the following children:
(Source of information: from the Burns family history preserved in the Salt Lake Family History Library).

  1.  Robert Burns II (twin), 3 Sep 1786 - 14 May 1857. Married Ann Sherwood in 1808. She died in 1835. They had one daughter, Eliza Burns, who died in 1878. She was taken to India by her uncle James Glencoin Burns and there met and married Dr. Everett of the Indian Medical Service. Of this marriage there was one daughter, Martha Everett. Martha married Matthew Thomson of Martinstown, Killinwick, Co. Wexford, Ireland, who managed the Everett estate. They had no issue. Robert Burns II married 2nd wife, Emma Bland. They had one son, Robert Burns III. Robert Burns III married Mary Campbell. Robert Burns III and Mary Campbell had one son, Robert Burns IV, and one daughter, Jane Emma Burns.  Robert Burns IV died in 1895 in Edinburgh. Jane Emma Burns married Thomas Brown. They had two daughters, Jean Armour Burns Brown and Isabella Ferguson Brown, (buried in Woodlawn Cemetery). Jean Armour Burns Brown died in 1937 in Dumfries. Jane Emma Burns Brown and Thomas Brown immigrated to Canada about 1870 and settled at Guelph Oat.
  2. Jean Burns (twin), 3 Sep 1786 - Oct 1787
  3. Infant Girl (twin),  3 Mar 1788 - 10 Mar 1788
  4. Infant Girl (twin), 3 Mar 1788 - 23 Mar 1788
  5. Frances Wallace Burns, 18, Aug 1879 - 9 Jul 1803
  6. William Nicol Burns, 9 Apr 1791 - 21 Feb 1872. Married Catherine Adelaide Crone. She died 29 Jun 1841.
  7. Elizabeth _iddel Burns, 21 Nov 1792 - Sep 1795
  8. James Glencoin Burns, 12 Aug 1794 -10 Nov 1865. Married Sarah Robinson 1797- 11 Jul 1821. Sarah died at Neemuch, East Indies while giving birth to her third child. The baby Sarah was sent home to Dumfries and was reared by her grandmother, Jean Armour Burns.                          James Glencoin Burns & Sarah Robinson had three children:
    1. Jane Isabella Burns, born 13 Jan 1819 and died at sea aged 4 years, 5 months. 2. 
    2. Robert Shaw Burns, born May 1820, died 11 Dec 1821. 3. 
    3. Sarah Elizabeth Maitland Tombs Burns, born Nov 1821.  
      • Berkeley Westropp Hutchinson and Sarah Elizabeth Maitland Tombs Burns Children:
        • Arabella Ann Hutchinson b. 30 May 1848, d. 7 Sep 1852
        • Arthur Vincent Burns Hutchinson b. 6 Jun 1849, d. 18 Sep 1852
        • Robert Burns Hutchinson b. 8 Mar 1851, d. 8 Sep 1852
        • Berkeley Burns Hutchinson b. 22 Jun 1853, d. 21 Mar 1854
        • Annie Vincent Burns Hutchinson b. 15 Jul 1854, d. 27 Aug 1935
        • Robert Burns Hutchinson+ b. 10 Nov 1855, d. 26 Aug 1944
        • Violet Burns Hutchinson+ b. 10 Jul 1859, d. 14 Jan 1951
        • Margaret Constance Burns Hutchinson b. 5 Sep 1860, d. 8 Dec 1917
        • Marion Burns Hutchinson b. 4 Mar 1862, d. 14 Mar 1862
  9. Maxwell Burns, 25 Jul 1796 - 25 Apr 1799
Robert Burns' children from other relationships:
  1. Elizabeth Paton Burns (1785–1817), was born to his mother's servant, Elizabeth Paton (1760–circa 1799)
  2. Elizabeth (Betty) Burns (1791 - 1873) daughter of Ann Park who married John Thomson in 1808.
  3. Robert Burns (1788-?), son of Janet (Jennie) Clow. Born in Edinburgh in 1788 and later became a merchant in London.
Source: Burness Genealogy and Family history

Written on the marriage certificate of Robert Burns & Jean Armour:
"REBUKE: 5 Aug 1788. Burns - Robert in Mossgiel and Jean Armour in Mauchline before the session upon 5 August and acknowledged that they were irregularly married some years ago.The session rebuked both parties for this irregularity and took them solomnly bound to share to one another as husband and wife all the days of their life."

Burns Cottage in Alloway, Scotland (place of birth of Robert Burns)

Robert Burns Poems written in the Scottish dialect

Burial: Robert Burns Mausoleum at St. Michael's churchyard in Dumfries, Scotland

Robert Burns statue  by David Watson Stevenson (1898) in Bernard Street, Leith

Robert Burns Signature

Monday, March 4, 2013

Robert Burns Biography "Scotland's Greatest Poet" 1759-1796

Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland, on January 25, 1759, he was the first of William and Agnes Burnes' seven children. His father, a tenant farmer, educated his children at home. Burns also attended one year of mathematics schooling and, between 1765 and 1768, he attended an "adventure" school established by his father and John Murdock. His father died in bankruptcy in 1784, and Burns and his brother Gilbert took over farm. This hard labor later contributed to the heart trouble that Burns' suffered as an adult.

At the age of fifteen, he fell in love and shortly thereafter he wrote his first poem. As a young man, Burns pursued both love and poetry with uncommon zeal. In 1785, he fathered the first of his fourteen children. His biographer, DeLancey Ferguson, had said, "it was not so much that he was conspicuously sinful as that he sinned conspicuously." Between 1784 and 1785, Burns also wrote many of the poems collected in his first book, Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, which was printed in 1786 and paid for by subscriptions. This collection was an immediate success and Burns was celebrated throughout England and Scotland as a great "peasant-poet."

In 1788, he and his wife, Jean Armour, settled in Ellisland, where Burns was given a commission as an excise officer. He also began to assist James Johnson in collecting folk songs for an anthology entitled The Scots Musical Museum. Burns' spent the final twelve years of his life editing and imitating traditional folk songs for this volume and for Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs. These volumes were essential in preserving parts of Scotland's cultural heritage and include such well-known songs as "My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose" and "Auld Land Syne." Robert Burns died from heart disease at the age of thirty-seven. On the day of his death, Jean Armour gave birth to his last son, Maxwell.

Most of Burns' poems were written in Scots. They document and celebrate traditional Scottish culture, expressions of farm life, and class and religious distinctions. Burns wrote in a variety of forms: epistles to friends, ballads, and songs. His best-known poem is the mock-heroic Tam o' Shanter. He is also well known for the over three hundred songs he wrote which celebrate love, friendship, work, and drink with often hilarious and tender sympathy. Even today, he is often referred to as the National Bard of Scotland.

Poems by Robert Burns, Click here >>

Poems By Robert Burns

A Man's A Man For A' That
by Robert Burns

Is there for honest Poverty 
   That hings his head, an' a' that; 
The coward slave—we pass him by, 
   We dare be poor for a' that! 
For a' that, an' a' that. 
   Our toils obscure an' a' that, 
The rank is but the guinea's stamp, 
   The Man's the gowd for a' that. 

What though on hamely fare we dine, 
   Wear hoddin grey, an' a that; 
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine; 
   A Man's a Man for a' that: 
For a' that, and a' that, 
   Their tinsel show, an' a' that; 
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor, 
   Is king o' men for a' that. 

Ye see yon birkie, ca'd a lord, 
   Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that; 
Tho' hundreds worship at his word, 
   He's but a coof for a' that: 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
   His ribband, star, an' a' that; 
The man o' independent mind 
   He looks an' laughs at a' that. 

A prince can mak a belted knight, 
   A marquis, duke, an' a' that; 
But an honest man's abon his might, 
   Gude faith, he maunna fa' that! 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
   Their dignities an' a' that; 
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth, 
   Are higher rank than a' that. 

Then let us pray that come it may, 
   (As come it will for a' that,) 
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth, 
   Shall bear the gree, an' a' that. 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
   It's coming yet for a' that, 
That Man to Man, the world o'er, 
   Shall brothers be for a' that.

A Red, Red Rose 
by Robert Burns

O my luve's like a red, red rose,
    That's newly sprung in June;
O my luve's like the melodie
    That's sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
    So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
    And the rocks melt wi' the sun:
O I will love thee still, my dear,
    While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve,
    And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
    Though it were ten thousand mile.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Design by Free WordPress Themes | Bloggerized by Lasantha - Premium Blogger Themes | Best Web Hosting Coupons