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Robert Burns
(1759 - 1796)

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1759 Born 25 January at Alloway, near Ayr
1763 Attends John Murdoch's school at Alloway
1768 Leaves school
1771 In Lochlea, learning the trade of flax-dressing
1773 Briefly attends Ayr Grammar School
1780 Helps found the Tarbolton Bachelors' Club (a debating club)
1781 Becomes a Freemason
1784 Father dies, Robert rents a farm with his brother
1786 Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect published
1787 Edits and contributes to The Scots Musical Museum
1787 Enlarged edition of his poems is published, takes the farm of Ellisland in Dumfriesshire
1788 Marries Jean Armour
1790 Tam o' Shanter published
1791 Abandons Ellisland and moves to Dumfries, takes position in the Excise
1796 Dies 21 July of rheumatic fever
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