On 25 January 1759 Robert Burns was born. He became known as Robbie, Rabbie or Rab but I believe, when he mixed with Edinburgh society, he introduced himself as Robbie.
He is commonly referred to as Scotland's Bard (poet). Not only was he a poet he was a lyricist and composer. One of his many famous songs is "My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose," a lovesong supposedly dedicated to his wife Jean Armour, but he wrote well over 300 songs and many are in regular use today.
Burns was 'a bit of a lad' and spread his affections generously, mainly around well-heeled society ladies, who delighted in his company. Not all his relationships were of an intimate nature, some were just sincere friendships.
There is so much excellent information on the internet about Robbie Burns I suggest, if you're interested, have a browse.
I have just returned from my second Burns Supper this week and am still enthralled by the quality of the speakers, the haggis and the music. A Burns Supper is a very special occasion and certainly one worth attending.