Researching Robert Burns, his cultural period and related literature

The Centre for Robert Burns Studies has been home to a number of significant research projects since it was established in 2007.

The Centre's flagship research project is 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century' (PI: Gerard Carruthers). Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project is working to produce a multi-volume edition of The Works of Robert Burns for Oxford University Press. The first volume of the edition, Commonplace Books, Tour Journals and Miscellaneous Prose (ed. Nigel Leask), was published in 2014. Two more volumes are anticipated in the coming years: ‘The Scots Musical Museum’ (ed. Murray Pittock) in 2016, and ‘Songs for George Thomson’ (ed. Kirsteen McCue) in 2017. Finally, several volumes containing Burns’s correspondence and poetry are planned for 2018 – 2022.

The Centre has hosted several further projects with a specific focus on Burns, his life and works and, more broadly, staff at the Centre for Robert Burns Studies undertake collaborative and independent research projects related to Burns's literary, cultural, historical and political contexts.

We hope that you will enjoy browsing the web pages and digital resources created by and for these research projects, and listed in the quicklinks to the left of the screen.