Ecclesiastical Law

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by Richard Burn

Richard Burn, legal writer and Church of England clergyman, the son of Richard Burn, was born in Winton, in the parish of Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland. He matriculated at the Queen's College, Oxford, in 1729, was awarded a BA in 1734, and was in 1736 elected, presented, and instituted to the vicarage of Orton in Westmorland. He became a justice of the peace for the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. In 1762 he was made a DCL by Oxford, and in 1765 Bishop Lyttelton appointed him chancellor of the diocese of Carlisle. He died at Orton on 12 November 1785, and was succeeded in the chancellorship of Carlisle by his friend William Paley... Ecclesiastical Law (2 vols.), which like his justices' manual was a great success, presented the law relevant to matters arising in ecclesiastical courts. This manual reached its ninth and final edition in 1842. [1]

Bibliographic Information

Author: Richard Burn, (1709-1785)

Title: Ecclesiastical Law

Published: London: Printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall, Law-Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty for T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1781.


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  1. Norma Landau, ‘Burn, Richard (1709–1785)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 7 June 2013