Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century

Guest Blog by Professor Patrick Scott – A Burns Puzzle Solved: Davidson Cook and the ‘English’ Original for ‘It is na, Jean, thy bonie face’ (SMM 333)

One of the longstanding puzzles for Burns editors has been the original on which he based the song ‘It is na, Jean, thy bonie face’, first published unsigned in the Scots Musical Museum in...

Textual Archaeology

One of the best parts of working as an RA on the Burns C21 project is the opportunity to engage in really thorough and sustained textual archaeology. The production of a modern edition demands...

Robert Burns’s ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ – Happy Halloween!

This Halloween, we thought we’d share what interests us about Burns’s most famous and most eerie tale: ‘Tam o’ Shanter’.   Conception and Publication ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ was written at the suggestion of the...

Bringing Burns’s songs alive!

Hello again! Just a quick update on things….you may have seen Vivien’s live tweets ! We held the first of our performance workshops for the project a couple of weeks ago, working with a...

Singing and accompanying Burns’s songs

As per usual it’s been a busy time on the project in the past few weeks. After my trip to New York in June I’ve been working closely with Vivien and Gerry McKeever on...

Walt Whitman on Robert Burns?

What did the man often named ‘America’s Bard’ think of his poetic predecessor from Scotland? I have written a new essay on Whitman’s opinions of Robert Burns for the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. Click...

The Transatlantic Voyage of Robert Burns’s Poetry

As part of the Scottish Graduate School For the Arts and Humanties incentive for researchers to ‘showcase’ their work to wider audiences through innovative and accesible means, I produced a short animation depicting some...

George Thomson and Robert Burns – Constructing a Timeline

It’s been a busy summer for the BurnsC21 team! I thought I’d take this opportunity to highlight one of the major tasks that I’ve been engaged with, as we continue working towards the volume...

A web resource for the illustrations to George Thomson’s collections

It’s been another intense period, checking through the final details for Murray Pittock’s volume on the Scots Musical Museum, now sent to Oxford University Press. I’ve also been preparing the digital files of the...