< A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z >
Sir George 
Burns
1795 - 1891


Sir George 
Burns
, erected the English Episcopal Church of Wemyss Bay (since demolished and where Dunara now stands) as a memorial to his beloved wife. ] He was an evangelical Christian on the make at a time of post-war economic expansion and wide-reaching technological innovations. He and his brother James set up as G & J Burns & Co. general merchants in the 1820s and were soon running the mails between Greenock, Liverpool, Belfast and Londonderry. It was a licence to print money and soon they were gobbling up competitors. In the 1830s, Samuel Cunard a Boston merchant seeking funding for a mail shipping line between Liverpool and the U.S., visited George Burns having been rejected by both Wall St and the City of London. Within weeks, Burns founded a consortium investing £270,000 injecting just £10,500 of his own and by 1839 was installed as the first Chairman of the Cunard Steam Packet Company. With its fully guaranteed Government contracts, the Cunard Line expanded rapidly, Burns dedicating profits from his own Irish mail ships to buying out the consortium and also acquiring the luxurious Castle Wemyss estate on the Firth of Clyde a few miles outside Largs. Ten years later in order to demolish competition, George Burns offered to transport the British Irish mails for nothing, which an astonished Colonel Maberly, Trollope's boss, accepted. Few Scots realise that America's Cunard Line was launched on such Glaswegian chutzpah. He was a good friend of Anthony Trollope (writer). JP Retired shipowner (1881).

Born: Glasgow, Scotland 1795 Baptised: Barony, Lanark., , Scotland 20th Dec 1795
Died: 1891Buried:
Family:
Burns

Ancestors
[ Patrilineage | Matrilineage | Earliest Ancestors | Force | Force2 | Options ]

1.
Sir George 
Burns
(
Cleland
) 1795 - 1891
2.
Rev.Dr. John 
Burns
(
Stevenson
) 1744 - 1839
4.
M/? 
Burns
ante 1715 - post 1799
 
3.
Elizabeth 
Stevenson
(
Burns
) 1751 - 1815
6.
John 
Stevenson
(
Muirhead
,
Rowand
,
Tilloch
) 1708 - 1770
7.
Elizabeth 
Tilloch
(
Stevenson
) c. 1725 - 1800

Siblings


1.
John 
Burns
(
Duncan
) 1775 - 1850
2.
Alan 
Burns
* 1777
3.
Elizabeth 
Burns
(
MacBrayne
) * 1778
4.
Robert 
Burns
* 1780
5.
Allan 
Burns
1781 - 1813
6.
Elizabeth 
Burns
* 1783
7.
Robert 
Burns
* 1786
8.
James 
Burns
(
Smith
,
Shortridge
) 1789 - 1871

Spouses



1. Glasgow, Scotland 10th Jun 1822
Jean/Jane 
Cleland
(
Burns
) 1794 - 1877

Descendants
[ Options ]

a.
Jean/Jane 
Cleland
(
Burns
) 1794 - 1877
1.
Margaret Cleland 
Burns
* 1824
2.
Elizabeth Rachel 
Burns
* 1826
3.
John 
Burns
(
Arbuthnot
) 1829 - 1901
3a.
Emily 
Arbuthnot
(
Burns
) 1840 - 1901
3.1.
George Arbuthnot 
Burns
1861 - post 1881
3.2.
Agnes Caroline 
Burns
1862 - 1928
3.3.
James Cleland 
Burns
1864 - 1919
3.4.
Jane Cleland 
Burns
1865 - 1909
3.5.
Mary Hay 
Burns
1871 - post 1906
4.
Jane Playfair 
Burns
* 1830
5.
James Cleland 
Burns
(
Colquhoun
) 1832 - 1908
5a.
Louisa Selina 
Colquhoun
(
Burns
) 1840 - post 1863
5.1.
Grace 
Burns
post 1862 - 1928
5.2.
Selina Colquhoun 
Burns
(
Blake
) 1862 - 1915
5.3.
Jane/Jean Alice 
Burns
1863 - 1906
6.
George 
Burns
* 1832
Sources

  • Family Archivists: see
    Burns
Census

Timeline


1795Born Glasgow, Scotland
20th Dec 1795Baptised Barony, Lanark., Scotland
10th Jun 1822Married
Jean/Jane 
Cleland
(
Burns
) 1794 - 1877 Glasgow, Scotland
3rd Apr 1881Head of household in 1881 census (census) Barony, Lanark., Scotland
1891Died
| Top |

Hosted by
HTML generated by
SoftLinks
, copyright © 1996 - 2017 Ben Laurie
Copyright © 1996 - 2017 Camilla von Massenbach