Welcome to The Burry Man

In the artistic world, the most solitary of disciplines may be that of the writer. There are few premieres or opening nights, gallery exhibits or unveilings. There is just the work, and the elusive promise of success. And occasionally there is community. 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 what might be called "intellectual property" — a space 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.


: Children's International Theatre Festival
Eat Scotland food tours & culinary holidays
Edinburgh Easter Festival
Edinburgh Festivals 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
Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival
Glasgow Jazz Festival
International Games Festival Aug 11-18 2003, virtual gaming at its finest
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
Glasgay Festival two-week Glasgow fest of arts, film and theater in October
Glasgow International Comedy Festival in March
Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship
Highland Festival music, theatre and dance fest
Isle of Bute Jazz Festival
Leith Festival literature, poetry, theatre, music 100 events in over 50 venues – all within a mile of the Foot o’ the Walk
MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival
Pipe Fest the home of massed band events
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
Starbucks Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Three Weeks the one stop guide to all the Festivals
West End Festival music, theatre and arts in Glasgow every June
The 42nd Royal Highland Regiment The Black Watch
Ancient Lothian the historic cultures of South-East Scotland
Ancient Scotland Pictish sites, burial mounds, megaliths, Roman ruins and Celtic castles
The Antonine Way a guide to the Antonine Wall
Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland
ARCHON Portal Historical Manuscript Commission's database of archival resources
Cyndi's list of Scottish Genealogy sites
Derivation of Edinburgh's Street Names
Digital Archives of the National Library of Scotland
Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society
Electric Scotland - History
Edinburgh Old Town Maps original maps from 1575 to 1979
Genuki Scotland genealogy resources by county
Glasgow's Secret Geometry Glasgow is built over a framework of prehistoric site alignments
Great Scots!
Historic Scotland
Historical Broadsides the word on the street from 1650 to 1910, from the National Library of Scotland
History of the United Kingdom - 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
Shape of Scotland, 16th-19th centuries original maps
Scots at War Project concentrating on the 20th Century
Scotland on Film clips from 20th century film, television and radio from the BBC
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)
Scottish Gaelic Feminine Names from before 1600
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 Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue from the twelfth century to the end of the seventeenth
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 wiki
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
Scots Soundbytes recordings of the Scots language
Scottish Names first names with Scottish roots
The Scottish National Dictionary
Small Dictionary of Scots words and phrases
Wir Ain Leid - Our Own Language thanks to Andy Eagle for this most comprehensive website of the Scots Language
Literature, Arts, Music & Writing
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
The Book of Deer one of Scotland’s most important manuscripts
Burns Country the official Robert Burns site
Canongate Books the premiere Scottish publisher
Ceilidh Culture literally hundreds of traditional arts events and concerts
Chapman "Scotland's quality literary magazine"
Citizens' Theatre
Dundee Literary Festival June
Edinburgh University Press
Glasgow School of Art
Highlands & Islands Arts Journal
Jazz in Scotland
Kettillonia new Scottish writing from Fife
L is for Losing It new writing from Glasgow
Live Music in Edinburgh
National Piping Centre
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
ScotBooks news about the Scottish publishing scene
Scottish Authors
Scottish Arts Council
The Scottish Ballet
Scottish Book Trust an independent organization promoting books, reading and writers in Scotland
Scottish Museums
Scottish Music Information Centre news of events and musicians
The Scottish Opera
Scottish Publishers Association
Scottish Screen Archive 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
Scottish Theatre everything you need to know about Scottish theatre
Shore Poets promoting live readings by Scottish poets
Skinklin Star featuring new poetry and visual arts, from the Glasgow School of Scottish Studies
StAnza Scotland's Poetry Festival
Texthouse contemporary writing site from writer Jules Horne
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Theatre Schedules monthly listings for Edinburgh, Glasgow and north
Traditional and Other Scottish Songs
Tron Theatre
Ubuweb an astounding collection of the written word and more
Wigtown Scotland's National Book Town
The Wooded Barn arts centre, Banchory
Wordfringe University of Aberdeen's word festival, May
Writers' Bloc a spoken word performance collective based in Edinburgh
Writer's Circles in Scotland
Scottish Life
A Site for Sore Eyes Ken Matthews' oral history and audio writing site for the visually impaired
Ancient Bagipes of Scotland
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
Classic Scottish Cookery
Crannogs On the Web small artificial islands which can be found in the majority of Scotland’s lochs and inland waters
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 in Scotland band directory, live jazz venues
Jazz Music 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
More Than a Memory a local history project by Dumbarton people worldwide
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
Pibroch.net "bagpipe music from the otherworld"
Quine Online - Scottish Women
Raidió na Gaeltachta Real Audio feeds of Gaelic-language broadcasts
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
The School of Scottish Studies culture and customs, beliefs and superstitions, legends and folktales, songs
Scotland Online Sports
Scotland Weather from the BBC
Scotland's Music music books for the fiddle, harp, piano, guitar, accordion, tin whistle, viola, cello, bagpipes and bodhran
Scots Online
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 Internet Radio
Scottish Names dedicated to first names with Scottish roots
Scottish names two sites, one for Male, one for Female names
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"
Sport in Scotland
Tartans of Scotland register of all publicly known tartans
The Universe of Bagpipes
Uses of Native Scottish Plants
Touring the Land
Aberdeen Tourist Board
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Andrew Carnegie Museum
Balmoral Castle
Castles in Scotland a list of 243 Scottish Castles
Caves of Scotland
Donald Ford's Images photographs of Scotland from Mr. Ford of South Queensferry
East Lothian Museums
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
Edinburgh City Council
Edinburgh Pub Tour
Edinburgh Tour
Edinburgh Tourist Board
Edinburgh Zoo
a dual entry: EdinburghLucks! about the good side of the Capital, and EdinburghSucks about ... well, you know
Falkirk Wheel
Fife Tourist Board
Forth & Clyde and Union Canals cruising guide for the newly re-opened canals
Forth Rail Bridge a wonder of the world
Gazetteer for Scotland details of towns, villages, bens and glens from the Scottish Borders to the Northern Isles
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
In and Around Edinburgh a walking guide from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
James's Canal Pages information on the four Scottish lowland canals (Union, Forth & Clyde, Monkland and Paisley)
Megalith Map for finding any stone circle or row in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales
National Galleries of Scotland
National Museums of Scotland
No Mean City an alternative guide to Glasgow
Rosslyn Chapel
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Scotland Online Picture Gallery regional pics that you can send as electronic postcards
Scotland's Waterways working canals from the Lowlands to Caledonia
Scottish Place-Name Society
Scottish Scenery photos from amateur photographers
Scottish Tourist Board
Self Touring Routes Through Scotland
TimeTravel Britain technically not about Scotland - yet - but a great magazine
Travel Scotland
Virtual Glasgow
West Highland Explorer

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.