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George Burnett (c.1734-1793)

George Burnett was born into a wealthy family in Aberdeen, Scotland. He worked as an assistant master at Truro Grammar School under the headship of the noted evangelical George Conon. He was called to the ministry under the influence of Samuel Walker and matriculated at Christ Church Oxford, but left because of opposition to his evangelical views.  He taught languages in London for a short while and was ordained. After serving a Curacy in Padstow in Cornwall, he went in 1759 to act as Curate to Henry Venn in Huddersfield. In 1761, Burnett became Vicar of Elland in Yorkshire and remained there for the rest of his life despite offers of preferment.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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