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Scotland’s national bard is widely considered a pioneer of his generation, inspiring the founders of socialism and liberalism.

A cultural icon, Robert Burns’ influence was so widespread that 272 of the UK’s towns and cities contain at least one street name honouring the life and works of Scotland’s favourite son.

More than 720 street names in Britain are named after the poet, according to research by the Royal Mail, which has published the list of addresses for Burns Night.

Glasgow and his birthplace Ayr contain the most Burns-related addresses in the country, with 72 and 25 street names respectively.

Of the 30 million addresses in the UK, there are more than 100 streets nationwide called Burns Road.

Although 42 per cent of Burns-related streets are in Scotland, the influence of Rabbie Burns has extended to southerly cities including Manchester, Sheffield and Coventry.

There’s a Burns Road in Banbury, Oxfordshire, a Burns Avenue in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and a Burns Way in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Robert Burns Mews in London’s Herne Hill is one of 19 addresses in the capital named after the Scottish bard.

Burns Night-related addresses – including neeps (Neeps Croft in Nottingham) and haggis (Haggis Gap in Cambridge) – also exist around the UK. A business in Irvine is called Auld Lang Signs.

Some addresses are titled for the women in Burns’ life: three separate Jean Armour Avenues exist in Edinburgh, and there’s a Clarinda Crescent in Mauchline, east Ayrshire.

There are also several streets named after the various homes he lived in, including 14 addresses related to Lochlea and 16 for Mosgiel. There are five Mount Oliphant roads in Ayr.

Steve Rooney of Royal Mail said: “It’s no secret that Robert Burns and his poems form an enormous part of Scottish history and identity; but it’s fascinating to see that his legacy is felt so profoundly across the entire country.”

According to research last year, homeowners living on a road with a rude, silly or controversial street name are four times less likely to sell their property compared to those living on neighouring streets.

Britain’s rudest roads include the likes of Crotch Crescent in Oxford, Dumb Womans Lane in Rye, Spanker Lane in Belper and Backside Lane in Doncaster.

Some of the most embarrassing street names in Britain have successfully been replaced over the past few years following complaints from residents.

Bladder Lane in Plymouth, for example, was renamed Boniface Lane at the request of a St Boniface’s Catholic College, situated on the same road, which was unhappy with the former road name.

Article from:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/address-haggis-legendary-poet-robert-burns-inspired-street-names/

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