George Burnett (officer of arms)

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The grave of George Burnett Lyon, St John's Church, Edinburgh The grave of George Burnett Lyon, St John's Church, Edinburgh.jpg
The grave of George Burnett Lyon, St John's Church, Edinburgh

George Burnett, LLD, WS (1822–1890) was a long-serving Scottish officer of arms.



He was born on 9 March 1822, the second son of John Burnett, 5th Laird of Kemnay in Aberdeenshire. [1] He trained as a lawyer (normal for the Lord Lyon) and in 1860 appears as an advocate in Edinburgh living at 21 Ainslie Place on the Moray Estate. [2] He was appointed Lord Lyon King of Arms in 1866 and served in that post until his death in 1890, being known in this period as George Burnett, Lord Lyon.

He died on 23 January 1890 and is buried in the churchyard of St John's Church on Princes Street. [3]


Coat of arms of George Burnett
Arms of George Burnett.svg
Argent three holly leaves in chief Vert and a hunting horn in base Sable garnished and stringed Gules (Burnett).

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  1. Aberdeenshire Epitaphs and Inscriptions: Kemnay
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1860
  3. "George Burnett". Find-a-grave.
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