The Burgar/Burgess families in Shetland

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Third Generation

David Burgher (1754 - ?) - son of Robert Burgar (about 1720 - ?) - son of unknown Burgar

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David Burgher was born on 22 June 1754 in Brake Dunrossness, 7,22,27  and was baptized on 22 June 1754.7,22

David's family of 8 receive Charity Bread in 1804 at Break. 

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He was removed from Refuge in 1821?? (Details to be checked)

David Burgar and Marion Malcolmson were married about 1786 and had the following child:



Mary Burgar  - born Jun 1788, Dunrossness.12  Details will be added in due course

After Marian Malcolmson died, David Burgar and Grizelda Flaws were married in about 1791.

 Grizelda Flaws, daughter of William Flaws and Jean Stove, was born on 12 September 1760 in Hillwell Dunrossness,7,24  and  was baptized on 14 December 1760 in Dunrossness.24  She died in 1845 in Lerwick at the age of 84.12

She may have married Adam Burgess prior to David Burgess Need to check where this comes from). 

David Burgar and Grizelda Flaws had the following children:



Robert Burgar was born on 20 May 1793 in Break Dunrossness.7


John Burgar was born on 7 April 1795 in Breck of Hillwell Dunrossness,7,22   and was baptized on 12 April 1795.7,22 

Removed from Refuge 1821?.

Seaman on Whaling boats from 1814 to1822. Seamens Tickets in 1836 sailing from Peterhead and &1838/9 30,31



Catharine Burgar was born on 21 November 1797 in Brake Dunrossness,.7,22,27  and was baptized on 3 December 1797.7,22 

In the 1861 Census, she was living in Clumlie Dunrossness.  In the 1871 Census, Catharine was living in Braefield Dunrossness. She died on 28 March 1879 at the age of 81 in Braefield.27  She was in Domestic servant with Gilbert Goudie family in 1861/1871.  

It may be her who was belatedly charged in1835 with 'Fornication' in 1829  while living at Grind Channerwick'.

  - Details will be added in due course


William Burgar was baptized in March 1799 in Dunrossness.22 He was born in 1799 in Brake Dunrossness.7,22


James Burgar


Ann Burgar was born in 1806 in Quendale Dunrossness,.7,22  and was baptized on 21 September 1806.7

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