Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Ayton, or Aytoun, Sir Robert, was born in Fifeshire in 1570, being of a good old family. After graduating at St. Andrew's he went into France and got a thorough knowledge of the language. A laudatory poem on the accession of James I. procured him employment at Court, which he retained till his death in 1638. His verses in Latin, Greek, French, and Scotch were esteemed in their day, and it is said that Burns received the suggestion of Auld Lang Syne from one of his lyrics.