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The English Burgar Family

The present day Burgar family in England started with two persons who were related (as determined by DNA analysis), maybe as brothers or cousins. 

They were John Burgar (1742-1797) and Robert Burgar (1754-1820),  both of whom lived in London.

Most of the descendants of John Burgar lived in London and will be referred to as the London Branch of the Burgar family.

The Burgar descendants of Robert Burgar had died out in London before 1900.  However, a  Walter Burgar appeared in Burton-on-Trent in the 1810s, then Nottingham in the 1820s.  His sole descendant, Edwin Burgar (1826 to 1871) settled in Sheffield to start what we now refer to as the Sheffield branch of the Burgar family.  

It is unsure who the above Walter Burgar is related to but it has been assumed that he is the son of Robert Burgar (1754-1820). 

The section on 'The three Walter Burgar'  explains the basis for this assumption, but may need to be changed should further evidence become available.

The name Walter seems to be important to the early Burgar family in London.  It is possible that they may therefore be related to a Walter Burgar who was born in Shetland in about 1720.

The results of our searches are described in story format. The stories illustrate the contrasting aspects of the family’s life, success and failure, prosperity and hardship, comparative wealth and absolute poverty, health and sickness.  The stories take in the life and times of Georgian England, when the Burgar family prospered for a short time, through the poverty of the Victorian era, and finally through to the 20th century where life for most of them improved considerably, as it did for many of the working class.

Last modified       December 2009


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