Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

VIDEO: James Cosmo recites To A Mouse as nation’s favourite Scots poems revealed ahead of Burns Night

Acting legend James Cosmo has filmed a stirring recital of To A Mouse as the Robert Burns poem was revealed to be Scotland’s favourite.

The Braveheart star hailed the bard’s legacy ahead of the annual celebrations for Burns Night on January 25, after Visit Scotland surveyed 1000 Scottish adults to find out their favourite Scots poems.

Burns’ To a Mouse came out on top, with more than a fifth (22%) of Scots saying this was their number one. Tam O’Shanter came in second, followed by A Red, Red Rose.

Seven out of ten of Scotland’s favourite Scots poems were by Burns, with the other poets included in the top ten being Walter Wingate, Billy Keys and J.K. Annand.

The research uncovered that nine in ten (86%) Scots say that they have fond memories of learning Scots poems and songs at school.

A further nine in ten (91%) said that they could read and listen to Scots poems and understand what most of the words mean, suggesting that learning Scots poems in school is a skill that sticks well into adulthood.

Smashin’ Rab: Experts call for strategy to seize Burns bonanza

Speaking about the importance of teaching Burns in schools, Cosmo said: “It’s so important that our children still read Burns… and that language that is so rich and vibrant can’t be lost.

“It’s way too important. It’s what brings us together; it has a warmth and a beauty about it that can’t be replicated.

“Burns remains with us because he speaks of eternal truths and speaks to the human spirit and soul so clearly that I can’t think of another poet that has done that in such a special way.

“So, keeping Robert Burns and his work alive in the school room is incredibly important.”

Cat Leaver, Head of Brand and Global Marketing at VisitScotland said: “The words of Robert Burns have touched the hearts and minds of people the world over and Burns Night continues to be a global celebration of Scottish culture.

“Whether it is attending an event, visiting an attraction associated with Burns or hosting your own Burns Night dinner, there are so many ways to honour our National Bard.

“This research shows the lasting impression Robert Burns and the wider Scots language has on people right across the country and it’s fantastic to see so many respondents share fond memories of learning these poems.

“They are an important part of our cultural heritage and one of the many things that makes Scotland so special.”