William Gardner Burn

1792 - 29th May 1852

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded part of the compensation for Content Hall in St Elizabeth Jamaica, by virtue of his marriage to Elizabeth or Eliza nee Hewitt, as part of a Devon nexus with his co-awardees George Pearse (q.v.) and Mary Kellett Hewitt (q.v.).

  1. At Salcomb, Devon, Capt. Burn, 3rd or Kings Own Drag[oons], [married] Eliza, eldest daughter of the late W[illiam] K[ellitt] Hewitt, Esquire, of Cashoo Estate, St Elizabeth's Jamaica.

  2. William Gardner Burn and his wife Eliza[beth] had 5 children baptised in Exeter between 1815 and 1822. Marriage records suggest he had at least two more children: Randolph Seton Burn, son of William Gardner Burn, married Mary Gladwich in Whitechaptel, England, 31/12/1847; Augustus George William Burn, son of William Gardner Burn, married Helen Marie Gilman George in Singapore, Bengal, India, 12/02/1855.

  3. Eliza Charlotte, eldest daughter of William Gardener Burn, Esq., Captain late 3d Light Dragoons and of Byrleigh House Devonshire, married Arthur Freese, of the Madras Civil Service, at the British Embassy Paris c. 1833.

  4. Burns' military career may be traceable under 'William Burn'. An announcement from the War Office 20/01/1810 shows the transfer of Lieutenant William Burn from the 9th Foot to be a Lieutenant in the 3rd Regiment of Dragoons by purchase; a similar notice 02/02/1813 shows a William Burn proceeding to a Captaincy by purchase, apparently however in the 2nd Regiment of Dragoons.

  5. William Gardner Burn, age 61, died 29/05/1852 age 61 and was buried the following day in Visugapatam, Madras, India. A further Indian connection is seen in the marriage of his eldest son, William Hewitt Seton Burn, to Louisa Clemence Lewis 18/10/1860 in Bengal.


T71/870 St Elizabeth claim no. 1024

  1. Gentleman's Magazine (1814) vol. 84 part 2 p. 496.

  2. Familysearch.org batch nos. C05091-1, M00066-7; M75017-2.

  3. The New Monthly Magazine and universal register pp. 278-9 1834; however, a notice of an apparently unrelated marriage in 1831 between Rev. John Tucker of Ham house near Cheltenham and Jane Rogers, eldest daughter of the late T. Shepherd, at Bradninch (where George Pearse lived) also refers to Jane Rogers as 'of Byrleigh House', Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 150 p. 76

  4. London Gazette, Issue 16334, 16/01/1810, p. 85; London Gazette, Issue 16699, 30/01/1813, p. 228.

  5. Familysearch.org batch nos. B00201-5 and M75017-2.

We are grateful to Anne Murie for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
William Gardener Burn
Elizabeth Hewitt
William Hewitt (1815-), Helen Isabella (1818-), Eliza Mary (1820-), Henry Randolph William Hippolyte (1822-), Eliza Charlotte (1822-), Randolph Seton, Augustus George William

Associated Claims (1)

£1,242 12s 8d

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1820 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Imperial (1)

East India Company
notes →
William Gardner Burn died in Madras, India, in 1852. At least two of his sons and one of his son-in-laws also had Indian...

Relationships (5)

Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Notes →
Either brothers-in-law or more likey uncle by marriage and...
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Husband → Wife
Son-in-law → Father-in-law

Addresses (3)

Exeter, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England
Visakhapatnam, Madras, India
Byrleigh House, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England