Francis Burnett

#1685, b. circa 1833

Individual's Timeline

Birthcirca 1833Francis Burnett
Marriage29 November 1853Francis Burnett1
Marriage4 September 1854John Elrick2,3
Deathbefore 1861Juliet Stevenson Burnett4
Marriage3 September 1869Findlay Ross McLean
Marriagebetween 1871 and 1881Francis Burnett

Primary events

  • Birth: Francis Burnett was born circa 1833 in Aberdeen, St Nicholas, Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Marriage: He married Juliet Stevenson Elrick, daughter of Robert Elrick and Ann Mitchell, on Tuesday, 29 November 1853 in Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland. Francis Burnett, Gardener of Hardgate, and Juliet Stevenson Elrick of Mile End were married by the Rev John Mitchell. Witnesses were Alexander Scott and William Ironside.1
  • (Witness) Marriage: He witnessed the marriage of John Elrick and Mary Grant on 4 September 1854 in St Clement's (Free Church of Scotland), Aberdeen, St Nicholas, Aberdeen, Scotland; transcript - 'John Elrick, seaman in Aberdeen was on the 4th day of September, 1854, married at Aberdeen to Mary Grant there, daughter of Robert Grant, porter in Aberdeen by the Rev Alexander Spence, minister of Free St Clements church, Aberdeen. Witnesses: Robert Grant, porter and Francis Burnett gardener, both of Aberdeen'. Francis BURNETT was married to Juliette Stevenson ELRICK, John's sister.2,3
  • (Widow) Death: In 1861 Francis was left a widower by the death of Juliet Stevenson Burnett.4
  • (Witness) Marriage: He witnessed the marriage of Findlay Ross McLean and Catherine (R?) Elrick on 3 September 1869 in Old Machar, Scotland; The certificate reads ~~ Findlay McLean, 32-year-old gardener journeyman, bachelor, married Cathrine Elrick, 41-year-old operator W???nsay manufactory. Usual address for both was Holburn Street, Aberdeen. Findlay's parents were Gustavus McLean, engineer and Margaret McLean maiden surname Ross. Cathrine's were John Elrick, boilermaker, deceased and Ann Elrick, maiden surname Mitchell. Witnesses were Steven Tindall and Francis Burnett **.
  • Marriage: Francis Burnett married Sarah (?) between 1871 and 1881.

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Francis was a Cupine Frenick (I assume this is just a mis transcription of the census data?) and later a fireman in the brickworks. In 1891 a stationery engine fireman.

Census details

Some aspects of Francis Burnett's life. Francis is possibly the son of Francis BURNETT and Elizabeth TOWER, born 7th May 1831 and Chr in New Machar 3rd June in the same year.

Other children of this couple are: Ann Garden 1827 in Old Machar, John b 1828 in New machar, James b 1835 in New Machar (Chr in Old Deer), Peter b 1837 in New machar

The marriage was recorded in Old and New Machar 23rd and 28th April 1826.

The newspaper report of the marriage says At Aberdeen, Francis BURNETT esq., son of the late John BURNETT, Esq of Elrick, to Elizabeth TOWER, third daughter of the late James TOWER, Esq., of the Island of St Thomas.

One child above was Ann Garden BURNETT. She was found with her aunt Margaret FARQUHARSON, a landed proprietor, in 1851. Ann was an annuitant aged 23, and they had 3 staff. In 1841 she, aged 15, was with Peter BURNETT aged 18 (her brother? but the wrong age).

The Margaret FARQUHARSON above left a will in 1857. She was nee GARDEN and was the widow of William, of Monaltrie.

Francis (husband of Elizabeth TOWER) was Chr 5th May 1796, the son of John BURNETT and Helen GARDEN in New machar.

Other children of John and Helen nee GARDEN are: Hay BURNETT Chr 1799 in Mew Machar, Andrew Chr 1794, William Chr 1801, Peter Chr 1792, David Chr 1804, all New machar. John (husband of Helen) may have been in the 6rh Regiment of Foot, being promoted from Lieut. to Captain-Lieut. in 1782. No marriage appears in the Scottish records for John and Helen.

An educated guess at Johns parents are John BURNETT and Mary HAY, with a Chr 25th September 1770 in Keith Banff. They married In Keith 1st May 1768.

Other Children of John and Mary nee HAY are: James Chr 1772, Jean Chr 1768, William 1774

John (husband of Mary HAY) may be the child Chr in Grange in 1738, son of John BURNEY and Katherine CAMERON.

In Summary the BURNETT family were in the vicinity of Elrick House and Elrick Burn, but I have NOT tried line into the Francis BURNETT who owned the house, and who lived in Italy 'for his health'. As the Francis who married Juliet seemed to be an important social or financial link in Old and New Machar, he may have been a distant cousin?7

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: No Julie Burnett in the 1861 census. No record of a death 1855-1861 (no way to check 1851-1855 yet). Julie/Francis marriage cert does not show ages. There is a marriage recorded in 1860 between a 66-year-old Francis Burnett and a 45-year-old Mary Scott. Both are recorded as never having been married but there is a pile of children living with them in the 1861 census..

Family of Francis Burnett and Juliet Stevenson Elrick

Family of Francis Burnett and Sarah (?)


  1. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Ba: M119066 So: 991250 Pr: 6901059.
  2. International Genealogical Index (IGI), : M111686.
  3. Copies of original certificates and docs: elrick john marriage 1854.jpg.
  4. Conclusion of, Shirley.
  5. Website ( "1871 census - Name:      Name:      Ann Elrick
    Age:      72
    Estimated birth year:      abt 1799
    Relationship:      Step Mother
    Gender:      Female
    Where born:      Wdenary, Aberdeenshire
    Registration Number:      168/2
    Registration district:      Old Machar
    Civil parish:      Old Machar
    County:      Aberdeenshire
    Address:      75 Holburn St
    Occupation:      House Keeper
    ED:      24
    Household schedule number:      214
    Line:      7
    Roll:      CSSCT1871_35
    Household Members:      
    Name      Age
    Francis Burnett      38
    Ann Elrick      72."
  6. Census data as per CD, This is most likely the correct Francis Burnett. Note the 'neice' Mary A. Grant. No real proof though.

    Dwelling:     Hardgate Rd Pitmuxton
         Census Place:     Aberdeen Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland
         Source:     FHL Film 0203450 GRO Ref Volume 168-2 EnumDist 39 Page 11
         Marr     Age     Sex     Birthplace
    Francis BURNETT     M     48      M     Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
         Rel:     Head
         Occ:     Fireman Brickworks
    Sarah BURNETT     M     46      F     Birse, Aberdeen, Scotland
         Rel:     Wife
    Mary A. GRANT     U     20      F     Banchory, Kincardine, Scotland
         Rel:     Niece
         Occ:     Machinist In Printing Works.
  7. Find my past web sites, online or, The Scots Magazine 01 June 1826.