Robert Burns is famous around the world as Scotland’s national poet and celebrated every 25th January on Burns Night.  Less well known is that Robert Burns worked as a Land Surveyor after studying land surveying and geometry in Ayrshire.

His role would have required him to draw field plans and estate maps, and be familiar with surveying tools.  The handle and several links from the ‘surveying chain’ he used are exhibited in various Scottish locations including the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

In 2012, Burns was the first person to be granted posthumous membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for his work as a land surveyor.

Statue of Robert Burns

Statue of Robert Burns

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