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Re: Academic Burneys
Posted by: Peter Gawn (ID *****3306) Date: June 22, 2010 at 11:15:03
In Reply to: Re: Academic Burneys by Cynthia Comyn of 673

Thanks for finding the time to reply to my posting.

Iíve not seen the memorial at Kirkpatrick-Irongray (the parish was in Kirkcudbrightshire at the time & not Dumfries as I mistakenly wrote in my previous posting) but there is a photo or transcription of it at the Gosport Discovery Centre which Iím told reads:
ďSacred to the memory of James Mcburnie in Knock Shinnoch who died 12th Nov 1784 aged 73 years Elizabeth Sloan his wife died 9th Dec 1763 aged 37 years Elizabeth their daughter died 16th Nov 1764 aged 4 years Margaret Broadfoot his Second wife died 5th Jan 1794 aged 67 years Margaret their daughter died 17th April 1786 aged 17 years
This stone is erected as a tribute of dutiful regard to the most affectionate of parents by William Mcburnie A.M. Master of Gosport Academy in Hampshire EnglandĒ.

Burney went to Dumfries grammar school, where he studied mathematics, and proceeded to the University of Edinburgh receiving his MA in 1783. This degree, the so-called Scottish MA, was, and still is, an undergraduate degree conferred after three years of study & thus equivalent to a BA from other universities.

He married Selina Louisa Closson (Llandaff? c1770-Gosport 1847) Nov 20 1789 at St Lawrence, Southampton (not Gosport: thereís no St L in Gosport). I canít find her parents. He was then usher (assistant master) of King Edward VI Grammar School Southampton. They had, I think, ten children:

1)       William Burney (Gosport 1792-London 1879) m. Diana Boyleson Somerville (?-?) July 19 1817 Alverstoke. Army officer. Wounded at Quatre Bras met Fanny Burney by chance in Brussels. Were they related was the question. Fanny B wrote (letter to husband July 1815) that she had been told by her brother, Dr Charles, there was ďno affinity between us: OUR family coming from Ireland ... and his being English.Ē
2)       James Burney (Gosport 1794-Teddington Oct 30 1884) m. Mary Burnett (?-Alverstoke 1847). Naval officer.
3)       Charles Burney (Gosport 1796-?) m. Sarah Murray (?-?) Christchurch, Hants, May 29 1826. One child, Augusta, d. at 13 months. No other info.
4)       Elizabeth Louisa Burney (Gosport 1797-Marylebourne 1876). Unmarried. Schoolmistress.
5)       Henry Charles Burney (Gosport 1800-Richmond, Surrey 1862) m. (1) Frances Dodd (c. 1809-Gosport 1840) Jun 23 1827 Alverstoke (2) Cecilia Caroline Searle (c.1822-1875) Jun 12 1841 St Mary, Portsea. Joint inheritor of Gosport Academy with brother Edward (1816) but later had own schools in Hants & Surrey. Several children.
6)       Edward Burney (Gosport 1802-Gosport 1811).
7)       Selina Burney (Gosport 1806-?) m. Henry Dixon (?-?) Alverstoke 1834. He a schoolmaster at Twickenham.
8)       Frederick Burney (Gosport 1810-Gosport 1813).
9)       Julia Burney (Gosport 1814-Southsea 1904) m. Henry Poole (Winchester? c 1810-Southsea 1864) Grahamstown, S. Africa Oct 15 1839.
10)       Edward Burney (Gosport 1816-Alverstoke 1888) m. Caroline Amyatt Brown (Llandaff c. 1820-Alverstoke 1874) Chelsea 1846. Inherited Academy with Henry Charles & became sole owner. Bought Bay House, Alverstoke, an impressive residence, from the Baring family. His son Edward Amyatt Amyatt-Burney (Gosport 1848-Alverstoke 1920), a career clergyman, inherited Academy as sole owner & sold to Johnson c. 1892.

The only mention of Terence Burney Iíve seen is in the admirable chart you drew up in 1980.
I do have other information about the Gosport Burney but since they are not my relatives, & since my focus is the Academy not the family, Iíve not been thorough in my research.
Iíve not yet finished entering the data I do have into my family-history programme.
My information on the London Burneys is all second-hand & quite sketchy.

Regards, Peter.


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