Top 10... Scottish Poets

1 Robert Burns:

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Scotland's National Bard, his birthday is celebrated later this month on January 25.

2 Robert Louis Stevenson: His early literary influence was his nanny who read him poems in his sick bed.

3 Sir Walter Scott: Started as a poet before turning to novel writing.

4 Thomas Campbell: Glasgow-born poet, he has a statue in George Square.

5 James Thomson: Borders poet, his most famous work was Rule Britannia.

6 Carol Ann Duffy: Born in Glasgow, she was appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in 2009.

7 Hugh MacDiarmid: Best-known for his poem, A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle.

8 William McGonagall: The World's Worst Poet, famous for his poem about the Tay Bridge disaster.

9 Edwin Morgan: Born in Rutherglen, he became Glasgow's first Poet Laureate.

10 Lord Byron: Although born in London, he grew up in Aberdeenshire and wrote at length about Scotland.

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