A television documentary, Fergusson: Burns’ Forgotten Hero, was screened on BBC1 Scotland last Sunday.
In this documentary marking Burns Day, writer Andrew O’Hagan goes in search of the poet who inspired Burns: Robert Fergusson. Fergusson died young but his legacy was a love song to his native city, Edinburgh. Andrew tracks down his story in the streets and wynds of the Old Town. Fergusson’s vivid use of Scots led Burns to declare him his ‘forgotten hero’ and to pay a lasting tribute to this neglected Scottish poet.
Some filming for the programme took place inside the Advocates Library and outside Parliament House. The programme can be viewed on BBC iPlayer