Belfast Robert Burns collection goes on show

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He is Scotland's national poet, but his popularity extends beyond the shores of Ayrshire.

Few places have more of an ear for Burns than Northern Ireland, which has one of the largest collections of his works outside of Scotland in a Belfast library.

The Linenhall Library's Burns Collection was amassed by Andrew Gibson in the last decades of the 19th century. From Ayrshire himself, he was a governor of the library and it bought his collection in 1901 with £1,000 raised by public subscription.

Burns's great-granddaughter Mrs Eliza Everitt later donated a number of items to the library, which are on display at the library until March.

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