Burns Street is said to be named after the celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns, who died at the too early age of 37.
Burns Street is one of the longer streets in the suburb and runs between Albion Street and Heritage Forest. There is a wide selection of homes with some substantial and some smaller cottages with the renowned “Homeleigh” being a prominent dwelling.
Close at hand to Burns Street is Caledonia Square, reflecting the strong Scottish influence in Launceston in the latter part of the 19th century. When the blight ruined potato crops in Scotland in 1846 the Launceston Caledonian Society sent a generous donation to the Edinburgh Relief Fund. Reports of Burns Night meetings held in Launceston occur in the press of the 1820’s.