Robert Burns’ Stonehaven connections are well-documented.
His grandfather, Robert Burness, worked in the gardens of Dunnottar Castle and his father, William, and uncle Robert were brought up in the area, before William sought his fortune further south, eventually settling in Ayrshire.
Burns himself visited in 1787 and described the Mearns of Kincardineshire area as: “A rich and cultivated but still unenclosed country.”
In addition, there is the Burns Garden in David Street (pictured) , the Stonehaven (Fatherland) Burns Club - the only one in the world entitled to have the word Fatherland in its title - and the fact that the great man once spent a night at the Boars Hotel in Laurencekirk.
With all this in mind, and Burns Night just over a week away, we thought we’d ask all Leader and Observer readers which of Burns’ works they consider to be the best.
We will print the popular favourite in its entirety, in plenty of time for January 25. Here are a few suggestions:
Holy Willie’s Prayer; Scots Wha’ Hae; To a Mouse; Tam O’Shanter; The Twa Dugs; To a Louse; Auld Lang Syne; A Man’s a Man for A’ That; Ae Fond Kiss; My Luve’s Like a Red, Red, Rose; Green Grow the Rashes. Have your say and visit our Facebook page.