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William Robert Burgess (1847 - 1912)

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William Robert Burgess
Born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdommap
Son of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Tradeston, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified | Created 4 Jun 2017
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William was born in about 1847. He married Martha Logan in 1869. [1]

Recorded as a Painter in Cemetery records. [2]

Emigrated to NZ in 1874 as an assisted immigrant on the Varuna, arriving 27 May 1974 (sailed 6 Feb 1874), age 27, with wife Martha 26yrs, John age 4, and Robert age 7/12, cost 36-5-00, Recorded as a slater. [3]

The year of death, 1912 and age 66, in the cemeteries database indicates he was born 1846, NZBDM 1912/7922 However gives his age as 65. A search of the Scottish census records reveals various William Burgess's in Glasgow, but none the right age, the 1851 and 1861 censuses show a William Burgess born 1844. The census records for 1851 show a William Burgess age 14 in Cromdale, Moray, A search on William Burgess for 1845-1847 gives 5 William Burgess's, but a 1851 census search shows only 3 4year olds, and the 1861 census shows only one 14 year old. [4] The nearest Glasgow birth of a William Burgess on record is 1843 to William Burgess and Marion McCall, Glasgow.


  1. Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910:
  3. National Archives passenger lists the Varuna, and the Burgess family as passengers.
  4. Search Scottlands people, search on William Burgess, John Burgess search performed 18, 19 and 21 Sept 2017 -G Burgess
  • Family records compiled by Gary Burgess (FS)

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