Robert Burns black plaque in Aberdeen

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Founded by James Chalmers in January 1748 as the "Aberdeen's Journal" and originally printed and published at an office on the north side of Castle Street, this firm occupied premises in Broad Street from 1894 to 1970.
During the 20th century amalgamation took place with the "Aberdeen Free Press" to form Aberdeen Journals Ltd. The company then printed and published its newspapers at rebuilt offices at 20 Broad Street where once lived Dr Alexander Cruden, author of a noted concordance to the bible.
Robert Burns the famous Scottish poet visited the Journal offices in 1787.
The Press and Journal and Evening Express moved to Lang Stacht in 1970 when this building was opened by Rt Hon Gordon Campbell MCMP Secretary of State for Scotland

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Robbie Burns, Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as The Bard) was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose"; "A Man's a Man for A' That"; "To a Louse"; "To a Mouse"; "The Battle of Sherramuir"; "Tam o' Shanter"; and "Ae Fond Kiss".

Source: dbpedia

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