I am sorry this correspondence is rather protracted - the man for whom I have worked part-time for the last 25 years is about to retire and we are trying to wrap up matters and clear his office for his successor. This should be over by about the end of August but in the meantime:
William Burney 1762 - 20 February 1832 was apparently the son of James McBurnie (sic) of Knockshinnock, Irongray co Dumfries by his wife Elizabeth Sloan. I have not verified this myself but I was told by a Commander Pope many years ago (who was, if I recall correctly, a descendant) that he had visited the churchyard and that there was a memorial stone to them there erected by William Burney (and with William described as their son). William was awarded an Hon LLD by Aberdeen University and under the citation, he is described as a graduate of the University of Edinburgh.
I'll try to find the correspondence but it was about 20 - 25 years ago so it might take some finding. The Gent's Mag reports that on 20 November 1789 William married at St Lawrence Gosport a woman described as Priscilla Cloffen; another source gave her name as Selena Louisa Clossom and she may have died in 1847. They had a large number of children - William (1792 - 1879; James c 1794 - ?; Charles 1796 - ; Elizabeth Louisa 1797 - ?; Henry Charles 1800 - ; Edward I 1802 - bef 1816; Selina 1806 -; Frederick 1810 - ; Julia 1814 - ; and Edward II 1816 - all baptised at Gosport, Holy Trinity. Another of my correspondents insisted that there was one more son named Terence but i have never found anything to support this.
The lineage of the London Burneys (ie those of Charles and Fanny)was: Charles 1726 - 1814 was the son of James Burney formerly Mackburney or MacBurney who was born at Great Hanwood in Shropshire 1678 (died 1749 in West Chester) who in turn was the son of James Macburney (born c 1653) and his wife Mary Evance (who was the daughter of the incumbent of Great Hanwood).
James c 1653 was Secretary to Lord Ashburnham and died 26 March 1723 at Skinners Hall, Dowgate Hill, London. He was the grandson of another James Macburney but the name of his father is not known. The grandfather was said to have come down to London with James I. I have a note (unattributed) which says that there was a James Macburney living in 1674 when he was Censor of Dumfries but whether this is some relation of the London Burneys, I do not know.
Many years ago, when I was just about to leave the Worcester Record Office, I found a reference to an Admon of a James (or Jacobus) Mackburnie dated 14 July 1720 who was a Linendraper of Kidderminster. Admon was granted to Jacobus Marschall of Wolverhampton co Staffs, Linendraper, Robert Marbraire of co Wigorn Linendraper and John Samuels of same, Chapman. An inventory of his stock dated 10 June 1720 was made by Richard Fowler and was valued at £37.7. 31/2d.
There is one more prominent Burney family - that of the Baronets - who had lots of naval connections and were to be found in Devon and Cornwall. One member was William Vincent Burney (1786 - 1845) who was baptised at Antony co Cornwall, was a Gunner in the Navy 1813, 1815 and was the son of John Burney and his wife Mary Beasley. I have some extensive pedigrees of them.
Hope this helps.
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