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The Burryman (4)

The Burryman (4)
The Burryman is a pagan tradition in South Queensferry which continues to this day. A local man is covered in sticky, prickly plant burrs and walks all the way around the town in order to take away bad luck and encourage a fruitful harvest. He is virtually sewn into his burry costume, and from early morning to early evening he is unable to sit down or go to the toilet! Because the costume is so uncomfortable, and it's difficult to see where he's going, he has two helpers who accompany him. The Burryman's main sustenance all day is sips of whisky, given to him through a straw.

A close-up of the Burryman's head (back view).

This excellent video gives a flavour of it (even though it spells whisky wrong!):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAM98AqK0Vw

Smiley Derleth, Jean, Keith Burton, Pam J and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Despite having lived just across the river I never heard of this! Fascinating!
15 months ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld has replied to Larry Drummond
Hi Larry, same here - despite living 20 minutes away by car, I only became aware of it 2 or 3 years ago, and this was the first time I've ever seen it!
15 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Amazing !

Reminds me to of the Lord of The Dance in Padstowe !

He has the same discomforts !
15 months ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld has replied to Pam J
yup, I simply can't imagine 10 hours without being able to go to the loo......
15 months ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Oh my goodness! What a strange custom!
15 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
What a wonderful tradition - and a pretty well kept secret, except very locally it would seem. I'm surprised he can still walk by the end after all that whisky!

A charming series of pics and a fascinating video.
15 months ago.
Jean
Jean
I never knew about it either after 40 years just across the water. Fascinating.
15 months ago.