A. G. Burnett

1917 - 1980

Angus Glyn Burnett was born 20th May 1917 in Tianjin (then called Tienstin) in northern China. His father Beni Burnett, the son of Scottish and Welsh missionaries, was born in the Ordos region of Mongolia in 1889. His mother was Florence Draper-Bentley, the daughter of an Australian mariner employed on the Yangtze River.

In 1930 his parents separated. His mother took Angus and his older brother, John, to Edinburgh, where they attended George Heriot's School. Angus Burnett later joined the Civil Service, and was a member of the Civil Service CC

The Scottish Chess Association Year Book for 1939-46, the first published after WWII, shows his address as 41 Newington Road, Edinburgh. The Year Book for 1948 and subsequent years gives his address as 64 Relugas Road, Edinburgh 9.

Mr Burnett died in 1980.

Jonathan A.G. Burnett, son of Angus Burnett, has kindly provided some personal details about his father.

In post- war Edinburgh he seems to have been quite involved with the Civil Service Drama Company.

He worked from around 1960 at the Forestery Commision in Dumfries having (I believe) been working, at the Map Office in Edinburgh. The family home was in Kirkbean on the Solway.

The final five years of his life were marred by serious medical issues; one leg was amputed as a result of a blood clot forming during an operation to remove a cancerous tumour. However, he still managed to lead a fairly active life, which included walking our seventeen wire-fox and lakeland terriers. (Up to six at a time. He was a serious dog-breeder but we ended up with all the runts of the litters...he resigned from the Kennel Club when they accepted Jack Russells as a  legitimate breed!)

Sources:
Thanks to David Bridgman, an Australian architect, for the correct details of Mr Burnett's date and place of birth. Mr Bridgman (as of July 2016) was preparing his doctoral thesis on the life and work of Beni Burnett, Mr Burnett's father.

Alan McGowan
Historian, Chess Scotland