Welcome to The Burry Man

Since 1997, The Burry Man Writers Center has been a primary source of research information and freelance job leads for working professional and talented beginning writers. The Burry Man is  where writers visit from 158 countries and every state in the U.S. The Resource Pages are a guide to more than 4,000 first generation Internet sites from the US, Scotland, England, Ireland, Australia and Canada, as well as Asia, Europe, Africa and around the world, to help you in your quest.


Ceilidh Culture Celtic festival of music and arts 
Children's International Theatre Festival
Eat Scotland food tours & culinary holidays
Edinburgh Book Festival
Edinburgh Festival City check in on the Jazz & Blues Fest, the Book Fest, Film and Children's Fests, the International Fest, Tattoo and Festival Fringe, all in one place 
Edinburgh Hogmanay the world's best New Years party
Glasgow Jazz Festival
Edinburgh Mela Scotland's biggest annual multicultural arts festival that celebrates the diverse cultures in Scotland
The Ferry Fair several hundred years and still going strong
Festival Fringe 
Glasgow International Comedy Festival in March
Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship
Highland Festival Games music, theatre and dance fest
Isle of Bute Jazz Manouche
Leith Festival literature, poetry, theatre, music 100 events in over 50 venues – all within a mile of the Foot o’ the Walk
Edinburgh Television Festival
Royal Highland Show craft show, livestock and the largest showcase for food and drink in Scotland
The Royal National Mod Scotland's premier Gaelic Festival held annually in October
Edinburgh International Science Festival
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Three Weeks Edinburgh the one stop guide to all the Festivals
West End Festival Glasgow music, theatre and arts in Glasgow every June
The 42nd Royal Highland Regiment The Black Watch
Ancient Scotland Pictish sites, burial mounds, megaliths, Roman ruins and Celtic castles
The Antonine Way a walking guide to the Antonine Wall
Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland
National Archives Historical database of archival resources
Cyndi's list of Scottish Genealogy sites
Edinburgh neighborhoods
Digital Archives of the National Library of Scotland
Electric Scotland - History
Edinburgh Old Town Maps original maps from 1575 to 1979
Genuki Scotland genealogy resources by county
Historic Environment Scotland
Historical Broadsides the word on the street from 1650 to 1910, from the National Library of Scotland
History of Scotland Primary Documents an indispensable historical archive of original documents
Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
In Search of Scotland website of the BBC series
Lothene Experimental Archeology Group medieval re-enactment of life in Scotland in the 11th Century
Medieval Scotland a collection of articles and resources aimed at anyone interested in Scotland between A.D. 500 and 1603, from Mt Holyoke University
National Trust for Scotland
Notable Dates in Scottish History

Pont Maps Timothy Pont's manuscript maps offer an astonishingly detailed picture of large parts of Renaissance Scotland
Queensferry History Group home of the Burry Man
Roman Britain the history of the Roman presence in the UK
Maps of Scotland, 1560-1947 original maps
Scots at War Project concentrating on the 20th Century
ScotlandGenWeb Project on-line electronic library of records
Scotland's Past devoted to all aspects of Scottish history and culture
Scots Origins General Register Office for Scotland (pay for information access)
The Scottish Genealogy Society
Scottish Kings and Queens
Scottish Names from 13th and 14th Century
Statistical Accounts of Scotland among the best contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and industrial revolutions in Europe, from the 1790s and 1830s.
Stone Pages Stone circles, dolmens, standing stones, cairns, barrows and hillforts
Stones of Wonder prehistoric monuments in Scotland
An Comunn Gaidhealach America the Gaelic Society of America
A Simple Guide to Constructing 12th Century Scottish Gaelic Names
An Etymological Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic
Glossary of Scottish Terms archaic terms, as well as a number of Modern Scots words and phrases
List of Scottish Slang Words
Online Scots Dictionary translate from Scots to English
Scots Language Centre
Scots Language Society promotes Scots in literature, drama, the media, education and in every day usage
Scottish Names first names with Scottish roots

Literature, Arts, Music & Writing
A Write Highland Hoolie Mallaig
Aberdeen Bestiary Project entire digitized version of manuscript written and illuminated around 1200
Alexander "Greek" Thomson the life and work of this influential pre-Arts and Crafts architect
The Association for Scottish Literary Studies
Aye Write! Glasgow book fest 
Beyond Borders International Festival Peebles
Bloody Scotland internatinal crime writing festival
The Book of Deer one of Scotland’s most important manuscripts
Bookmark Perthshire
Borders Book Festival Melrose
Boswell Book Festival Dumfries
Burns Country the official Robert Burns site
ButteNoir Isle of Butte crime writing fest
Canongate Books the premiere Scottish publisher  
Citizens' Theatre
Creative Scotland Arts Council
Crime & Thriller Festival Cromarty
Dundee Festival of the Future
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh University Press
Glasgow School of Art
Granite Noir Aberdeen fest of crime fiction
Highlands & Islands Arts Journal
Islay Book Festival
John O' Groats Book Festival Caithness
Kettillonia new Scottish writing from Fife
National Piping Centre
NessBookFest Loch Ness
New Media Scotland arts activity shaped by new technologies
The Poetry of William McGonagall generally acknowledged to be the worst poet of the English language
PoetryScotland Magazine
Publishing Scotland news about the Scottish publishing scene  
School of Celtic and Scottish Studies
The Scottish Ballet
Scottish Book Trust an independent organization promoting books, reading and writers in Scotland
Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Scottish Museums
Scottish Music Information Centre news of events and musicians
The Scottish Opera
Scottish Publishers Association
Scottish Screen Archive - Screen Scotland Scotland’s rich moving image heritage — home movies, advertisements, educational and documentary film
Scottish Storytelling Center founded to encourage and support the telling and sharing of stories across all ages and all sectors of society
Shore Poets promoting live readings by Scottish poets
Spirit of Moray Book Festival Elgin
StAnza Scotland's Poetry Festival
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Theatre Schedules monthly listings for Edinburgh, Glasgow and north
Three Lochs Books and Arts Festival Strontian
Tidelines Book Festival Ayrshire
Tobermory Book Festival Mull
Traditional and Other Scottish Songs
Tron Theatre
Ullapool Book Festival Loch Broom
Wigtown Scotland's National Book Town
The Woodend Barn arts centre, Banchory
Wordfringe University of Aberdeen's word festival, May

Scottish Life
BBC Alba - Gaidheal BBC Scotland service in Gaelic
Bagpipes Go To the Movies list of just about every movie in which bagpipes appear
Billy Connolly.com the Big Yin!
Clan Albanach support your local kiltmaker
The Fife Post history, stories and pictures with genealogy about a small kingdom in Scotland
Findhorn Foundation
The Gazetteer for Scotland geographical database with historic sites, family names, famous people and local industries
Gigguide a guide to live music in Scotland
Jazz Scotland artists, venues and concert information
Knowhere: A User's Guide to Britain takes a look at Scottish and British life via Web boards and visitor input - opinionated and sometimes crude but very savvy
My Supper With Rabbie Burns suppers, the annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns
Off the Ball Scottish sports from BBC Radio
Raidió na Gaeltachta Gaelic-language broadcasts
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
The School of Scottish Studies culture and customs, beliefs and superstitions, legends and folktales, songs
Scotland's Music music books for the fiddle, harp, piano, guitar, accordion, tin whistle, viola, cello, bagpipes and bodhran
The Scottish Brewing Archive
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Scottish Folklore
Scottish Folksongs with some MIDI sequences
The Official Scottish Football Association Website
The Scottish Genealogy Society
Scottish Radio
Scottish Parliament
Scottish Traditions and Culture lists of festivals and such
SCRAN fully searchable database of Scottish history and culture
Silicon Glen "where more computers are made per head of population than any other country in the world"
Tartans of Scotland register of all publicly known tartans
The Universe of Bagpipes
Uses of Native Scottish Plants
Touring the Land
Aberdeen Tourist Board - Visit Aberdeen
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Andrew Carnegie Museum
Balmoral Castle
Canals of Scotland information on the four Scottish lowland canals (Union, Forth & Clyde, Monkland and Paisley)
Castles in Scotland a list of 243 Scottish Castles
East Lothian Museums
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
Edinburgh City Council
Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour
Edinburgh Military Tattoo 
Edinburgh Pub Tour
Edinburgh Tour
Edinburgh Tourist Board
Edinburgh Zoo
Falkirk Wheel
Fife Tourist Board
The Forth Bridges a wonder of the world
Glasgow Tourist Board
Glasgow City Council
Glasgow Museums
Golf Courses of Scotland
The Hebridean Trust dedicated to preserve the unique Hebridean way of life and secure the future of those communities
Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
Megalith Map for finding any stone circle or row in Scotland
National Galleries of Scotland
National Museums of Scotland  
Rosslyn Chapel
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh    
Scottish Place-Name Society  
Scottish Tourist Board
Self Touring Routes Through Scotland
TimeTravel Britain technically not about Scotland - yet - but a great magazine
Virtual Glasgow

The Real Burry Man

The Burry Man has a special place in Scottish tradition and folklore. Every August, for centuries, the Burry Man has walked the streets of South Queensferry, Scotland, a village near Edinburgh. The residents believe he will bring luck to the town if they give him whisky and money. We chose to name our center after him to honor this ancient tradition, and the generations of townsfolk who have kept it alive. Burry Man Day is the second Friday in August. Our thanks to Andrew Taylor, John Nicol, Alan Reid, James "Kitter" Magan, John "Jacko" Hart, Sam Corson, Arne Fredricksen, Judith McPhillips (the Wee Burry Man, 1948) and all the other stout men, robust lads and charming lassies who have taken on the mantle of the Burry Man.