A Certificate of Corporate Membership of the prestigious Robert Burns World Federation was presented to the National Library of Scotland this week. On the 207th anniversary of the poet's death, Martyn Wade, National Librarian, accepted the certificate from the federation's president, James Robertson, at a reception in the George IV Building. During a short ceremony which followed, a wreath containing a single red rose was laid before the Library's statue to Robert Burns, who died on 21 July 1796, aged 37.
The Library has an extensive Burns archive within its collections, and a few highlights were on display for the occasion. For more on the archive, see the 'Manuscripts' and 'Books' pages in our Burns feature at http://digital.nls.uk/burns/
24 July 2003