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Reverend Charles Burney
13 June 1861

Volume 4, page 72, sitting number 4358.

Charles Burney appears on the 1861 census; the Vicar of Halstead in Essex, he was living at 121 Parsonage Street in Halstead. Also present on the night of the census were his 19-year-old daughter Annie; his 69-year-old mother-in-law Elizabeth Carmichael, and two servants. Aged 45 at the time of the census, he was born in or about 1816 at Greenwich.

By the time of the 1901 census, he was living at St Mark's Vicerage in Surbiton with his wife Mary, aged 78, and his unmarried daughters Annie (59), Eliza (53), and Margaret (50). Mrs Burney had five live-in servants to run her household.

He was later appointed the Archdeacon of Kingston-upon-Thames. 

The Venerable Charles Burney died at the age of 91 on 1 January 1907 at Buccleuch House in Surbiton. He left effects valued at £45,632. 

According to his brief obituary in the The Sphere (12 January 1907): 'A very real link with the past has been broken by the death of Archdeacon Burney. Dr Charles Burney died at Surbiton, where he had been vicar of St Mark's for many years. Among previous livings that he had held the most important was that of Halstead in Essex. He is of particular interest to many by the fact that his great-grandfather was the famous Dr Charles Burney, the author of The History of Music, the friend of Johnson, of Burke, and of so many other famous men in the eighteenth century. Moreover, he was the great-nephew of Charles Burney's daughter, Fanny Burney, whose Evelina and Diary are still widely read. In his house at Surbiton were many precious Burney relics, including letters and documents that were freely drawn upon by Mr Austin Dobson in his recently issued editon of Fanny Burney's Diaries that the Macmillans have published.'


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