Gilbert Burnet

Standard Name: Burnet, Gilbert
Used Form: Doctor Burnet


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Cultural formation Ivy Compton-Burnett
Her mother was of Welsh and her father of English descent. There was no basis for the family belief that the distinguished seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Scottish churchman Gilbert Burnet was an ancestor.
Spurling, Hilary. Ivy When Young. Victor Gollancz.
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death John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester , poet and libertine, died worn out at not much past thirty, after a death-bed conversion orchestrated and subsequently publicised by Gilbert Burnet (later Bishop of Salisbury).
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Literature. Clarendon Press.
death Elizabeth Burnet
She was buried with her first husband , because of a promise made long before her death. Gilbert Burnet died on 17 March 1715.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
under Gilbert Burnet
Education Anne Grant
Nevertheless she writes that at about eight she was quite uneducated, except reading and plain-work.
Grant, Anne. Memoirs of an American Lady. Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme.
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She then received a polite education from the Dutchwoman Catalina Schuyler of Albany, New York, whom she called...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Burnet
Elizabeth Berkeley became the third wife of Gilbert Burnet , Scottish scholar, politician, historian, and Bishop of Salisbury. She was thirty-nine, he fifty-seven.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Fictionalization Aphra Behn
AB has been repeatedly fictionalised in recent years. Ross Laidlaw published in 1992 a fiction, Aphra Behn—Dispatch'd from Athole, which added a coda to her life. In his story Gilbert Burnet enlists her to...
Friends, Associates Anne Wharton
Gilbert Burnet wrote to AW for the first time; she had consulted him over her religious doubts.
Wharton, Anne. “Introduction”. The Surviving Works of Anne Wharton, edited by Germaine Greer and Selina Hastings, Stump Cross Books, pp. 1-124.
Friends, Associates Anne Wharton
AW wrote angrily to Burnet , who had sent her counsel and reproof on hearing (falsely) that she was parting from her husband.
Wharton, Anne. “Introduction”. The Surviving Works of Anne Wharton, edited by Germaine Greer and Selina Hastings, Stump Cross Books, pp. 1-124.
Friends, Associates Anne Wharton
AW corresponded with Gilbert Burnet , who had converted Rochester on his deathbed. They exchanged poems and discussed religion; Burnet perhaps saw her as another soul to be saved.
Friends, Associates Sarah, Lady Cowper
SLC brought to the social rituals of visiting some of the same suspicious stance with which she viewed her relations. I visit Some people for the Same Causes as the Indians Worship the Devil, least...
Friends, Associates Lady Rachel Russell
Friends of her later years included Dr Fitzwilliam and Gilbert Burnet .
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Burnet
EB 's friendship with Sarah Churchill, later Duchess of Marlborough (like that with her future husband, Gilbert Burnet , and his second wife, Mary ), dated back to the years when they were all in...
Friends, Associates Catharine Trotter
During her London years she was an ally of Damaris Masham , but quarrelled with Delarivier Manley . She found both a patron and a friend in Sarah, Lady Piers (who wrote poetry herself). She...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Grant
Her range of curiosity of wide. Of orthodox Jews she writes, Is not priestcraft the same in all climes, in all ages, in all forms of worship?
Grant, Elizabeth. The Highland Lady in Ireland. Editors Pelly, Patricia and Andrew Tod, Canongate.
She believes that politically disturbing plays ought...
Intertextuality and Influence Sophia Hume
Satires on women, she says, are enough, one would imagine, to make the hardest Forehead blush.
Hume, Sophia. An Exhortation to the Inhabitants of the Province of South-Carolina. William Bradford.
But American women apparently do not blush, though they are colonial copy-cats in other ways: you mimick Great...


10 May 1689: William and Mary were crowned. Bishop Burnet...

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10 May 1689

William and Mary were crowned. Bishop Burnet preached the coronation sermon.

1724: The first volume of Gilbert Burnet's History...

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The first volume of Gilbert Burnet 's History of His Own Times (begun in 1683) was posthumously published by his son Sir Thomas Burnet .

By 6 April 1742: An Account of the Conduct of Sarah Duchess...

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By 6 April 1742

An Account of the Conduct of Sarah Duchess of Marlborough, a politicalapologia and attack on her enemies composed by her over almost forty years with various helpers, appeared a few weeks after Prime Minister...


Trotter, Catharine, and Gilbert Burnet. A Discourse concerning "A Guide in Controversies". A. and J. Churchill, 1707.
Goodwyn, Timothy et al. “An Account of the Life and Character of the Author”. A Method of Devotion: or Rules for Holy & Devout Living, with Prayers on Several Occasions, and Advices and Devotions for the Holy Sacrament, Joseph Downing, C. Smith, and A. Barker, 1709, p. iii - xxxii.
Burnet, Gilbert. Bishop Burnet’s History of His Own Time. Thomas Ward, 1734.