The Burns Bunnet design was created by John Burleigh at the end of 2008, when he started out making one or two for fun to be worn at weddings and other occasions. Soon after, people started complimenting the rich tartan fabric which made John realise there was a market for his unique headwear.

“Burns Bunnets are distinctive from other ‘tammies’ and ‘bonnets’ in that the Burns Bunnet can be used for dress occasions and is of high quality.”

Eastenders star Jessie Wallace aka Kat Slater models a Burns Bunnet backstage at the STV studios

Burns Bunnet in the Media

John began promoting the bunnets whenever and wherever he could – securing coverage in local news at first – then leading to press coverage in broadsheet newspapers such as the Glasgow Herald. He was also invited to talk about his Burns Bunnets on STV’s The Hour. Fellow Scottish entrepreneur Michelle Mone commented that John could well follow in her footsteps… Burns Bunnets were on the map! Soon John was generating interest from famous faces such as EastEnders star Jessie Wallace (Kat Slater) who was more than happy to model a bunnet herself.
John and Heather Burleigh

About John & Heather

John Burleigh was born and grew up in Largs, Ayrshire. He now lives in Greenock with his wife Heather. His background is mechanical engineering although he recently completed a BA in Theology. John, who was a technical teacher on the West Coast of Scotland, is a keen rugby fan and has followed the Tartan Army football team since childhood.  He is a member of the Incorporation of Bonnetmakers and Dyers of Glasgow and is a member of the Bridgeton Burns Club.