HE MAY be Scotland’s National Bard, but Robert Burns truly is a global phenomenon.

From Ayr to Adelaide and from Mossgiel to Moscow, Burns Night is celebrated around the world. 

Astonishingly, other than Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus, there are more statues of Rabbie than any other non-religious figure. Fifteen of them are in Scotland, but there are also 14 in the USA, including one in the famous Central Park, seven in both Canada and Australia and even one at the Sorbonne in Paris.

There’s even a replica of Burns Cottage in Atlanta, Georgia, standing since 1907. It remains the meeting place of the Atlanta Burns Club to this day.

Burns is commemorated in even the most far flung places, with celebrations set to take place from Tanzania to Delhi, St Petersburg to Dhaka.

Robert Burns is also extremely popular in China, where Scottish societies from both Beijing and Shanghai host celebrations every year.

There are several similarities between Burns' works and traditional Chinese poetry, with themes about the land and love and enduring love of the country. Many of Burns' works have been translated into Mandarin over the years and his poems of peasants toiling in the soil resonate with many Chinese workers.

A translation of 'My Hearts in the Highlands' was even adopted as the marching song of the Chinese resistance fighters in the Second World War

Famous fans of his work include President Abraham Lincoln, who was collector of his songs and poems and Bob Dylan, who claimed 'A Red, Red Rose' was his greatest creative inspiration.

There were even rumours that the late pop singer Michael Jackson had created an unreleased album of Burns' work.

Here are some of the best known statues of the great man situated around the globe.

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