Burnett, Richard William (1868-1952)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919

Early years

Richard was born on 27 September 1868 at St Peter Port, Guernsey to parents Richard William Burnett and Eliza Long. His father was a PM Minister. As a child he travelled with his parents when they began the first PM work on the island of Fernando Po in February 1870.

Richard was educated at Bourne College. Before he entered the ministry, Richard went out to Fernando Po to serve as a teacher, but circumstances intervened and he assisted his father in missionary duties there.


His obituary records that quiet in voice and demeanour, studious and gentle, he ever commended the gentleness of his Lord. In class meeting and business meeting he brought a wealth of experience that was deeply appreciated.

Richard served as District Missionary Committee Secretary in the Salisbury and Southampton District.


Richard married Rosa Elizabeth Spurgeon (1871-1955) in 1893 at Hales, Norfolk. Rose was distantly related to C H Spurgeon. Census returns identify three of four children.

  • Arthur William Spurgeon (1895-1975) – a bookseller (1952)
  • Rosa Elizabeth (1902-1951)
  • Edwin Richard (1904-1991) – a PM Minister

Richard died on 8 May 1952 at South Clevedon, Somerset.


  • 1889 Lowestoft
  • 1891 Docking
  • 1893 High Wycombe
  • 1895 Maldon
  • 1896 San Carlos Bay
  • 1897 W. Africa
  • 1899 Guildford
  • 1901 Canterbury
  • 1904 Blackheath
  • 1905 Wrexham
  • 1908 Liverpool IV
  • 1911 Sturminster N
  • 1916 Cirencester
  • 1919 Petersfield
  • 1923 Berkhampstead
  • 1925 Market Drayton
  • 1927 Wigan
  • 1929 Swinefleet
  • 1931 Nailsea (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919/322

Methodist Minutes 1952/153

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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