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MAP: Address to a haggis? Royal Mail research reveals over 720 Robert Burns-inspired street names across the UK

Robert Burns
Robert Burns

OVER 720 street names across the UK have been inspired by Robert Burns, according to new research by Royal Mail.

Analysis of over 30 million addresses found that our national poet has been honoured with at least one address in 272 of the country’s towns and cities.

Glasgow and Ayr feature the most Burns-related streets, but surprisingly just 42% of the addresses are in Scotland.

Burns hotspots down south include Wellingborough, Rotherham and Mansfield and there are 338 separate Burns Road, Avenue, Close and Lane addresses stretching from Cowdenbeath to Cheadle, Cwmbran to Coventry.

Other than the man himself, the various homes that he lived in throughout his life are a primary source of inspiration (121); including 14 Lochlea and 16 Mosgiel related addresses in Glasgow, and five Mount Oliphants in Ayr.

Next are the main women in his life, influencing 76 addresses across the country.

Jean Armour is honoured with an Avenue in Edinburgh, Drives in Clydebank, Kilmarnock and Dalkeith as well as a Gardens in Kirkcaldy, and there’s a Clarinda Crescent in Mauchline, among others.

Several addresses are influenced by some of the poet’s most iconic verses, including Red Rose Hill in Pentre, Wales and Tam O’Shanter Drive in Stirling.

And on a culinary theme, there’s Haggis Gap in Cambridge, Neeps Croft in Nottingham and Dundee’s Old Whisky Road.

Ahead of Burns Night, Royal Mail is also marking the celebration of the bard’s birth with a special Burns Night postmark, featuring the first two lines of his famous Address to a Haggis.

The postmark will appear on mailed items around the UK this week.