Removed to make way for the tram works, the land mark statue returns to Bernard Street in time for Burns Night.
I was just passing by as the crane was lifting Rabbie from the back of a lorry and placing him in position, on the corner of Constitution street in Leith.
The statue was erected by the Leith Burns Club in 1898 and has been moved a few times but hopefully now he can relax, he looks pleased to be back in his rightful place, looking over Leithers as they pass by.
The statue will be officially unveiled once again, on Burns Night 2022, the 25th January.
National poet of Scotland, Robert Burns was born on this day in 1759. Here I have sketched a personal favourite of his poems, ‘To A Mouse’.
Starting with the famous words ‘Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie’, the ploughman’s tale tells of a mouse’s nest which is destroyed by the plough, leaving the tiny creature vulnerable to the harsh winter despite her careful planning. Burns notes how like the mouse, man’s best-laid plans often go awry.
My sketch is in black ink with a little watercolour on the mouse. I may make it into a tea towel or framed piece on canvas. What do you think?
For more information about Robert Burns, who wrote many world famous poems, including ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and ‘A Red, Red Rose’ follow the links below.
And be sure to raise a glass to the Baird tonight, when you settle down to your haggis , neeps and tatties.
Robert Burns website
Robert Burns National Trust for Scotland