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Fergusson - Burns' Forgotten Hero

Andrew O'Hagan marks Burns Day with a tribute to Robert Fergusson, the neglected Scottish poet who inspired Burns with his vivid use of Scots.

In this documentary marking Burns Day, writer Andrew O'Hagan goes in search of the poet who inspired Robert Burns - Robert Fergusson. Fergusson died young, but his legacy was a love song to his native city, Edinburgh. Andrew tracks down his story in the streets and wynds of the Old Town. Fergusson's vivid use of Scots led Burns to declare him his 'forgotten hero' and to pay a lasting tribute to this neglected Scottish poet.

30 minutes

Last on

Thu 25 Jan 2018 19:00


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew O'Hagan
Executive Producer Rachel Bell
Executive Producer David Harron
Producer Laura Mitchell
Director Laura Mitchell


  • Sun 25 Jan 2015 17:30
  • Thu 25 Jan 2018 19:00

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