Burry Man of South Queensferry

The Burryman or Burry Man is the central figure in an annual procession which takes place on the second Friday in August in South Queensferry, north of Edinburgh, on the south bank of the Firth of Forth. The custom is associated with, but separate from, the town's Ferry Fair. The meaning and origins of this ceremony are now unclear. The Burry Man himself is a local man almost completely covered, as the image illustrates, in sticky burrs, leaving only the shoes, hands and two eye holes exposed. On the day, he is paraded around the the town for several hours, helped by two assistants, stopping at points along the route for a drink of whisky which, due to his costume, has to be drunk through a straw.

Key Facts



Time of Year:

Activity Type:

Material Items:


Connect With Us