the arches of the house rafters, watched by three rats, the boy,
Burns, is lost in a book by the light of a single candle. It was the
beginning of learning for a farm boy who would be a poet.
2 - Harvest Days
15-year old Burns feels the first pangs of love, not so much for a
girl, but more for the song he has just written for Nellie Kilpatrick
in the harvest field. It was a love that was to last.
3 - Morning Music
young man, Burns, may not have been able to sing to himself but he
was full of music, as he showed when he taught himself to play the
fiddle. This was his tool towards mastering the art of composition.
4 - The Bachelors' Club
Burns was quick to understand that a man was as good as his words.
Conversational skills and a way with words was essential towards
making a good impression in whatever level of society.
5 - Burns and Freemasonry
not what you know but who you know that matters in the world.
Networking was the ladder the Mason, Burns, used to climb upwards.
Being of the craft also fed his love of the occult and the
6 - Talk of the Town
ploughman-poet, as Burns called himself, knew the label would attract
the town, especially when the gentry (and their ladies) discovered
that he was nothing like that image. On the contrary, he was
charming, articulate, romantic and handsome. In short, he was a
sensation in Edinburgh.
7 - Tam o' Shanter
world premiere of an acknowledged masterpiece took place, not in the
withdrawing room of the elite, but in a humble farm house near
Dumfries when Burns, himself, read it to his own family, a few
friends, farmhands and serving people.
8 - 'As You Like It'
loved the theatre and went as often as he could. It was his hope one
day to write a play. Instead he was involved in a real life drama in
the Theatre Royal, Dumfries, when the Royalist and Republican
factions clashed during the singing of the National Anthem. He did
not join in, but it was easy to tell where his sympathies lay.
9 - End Days
Burns is found by Maria Riddell sitting by the empty fire at sunset,
knowing that his end is near yet knowing just as surely that his name
will live on.