He was born on 9 March 1822 the second son of John Burnett, 5th Laird of Kemnay in Aberdeenshire.
He was appointed Lord Lyon King of Arms in 1866 and served in that post until his death in 1890, being known in this period as George Burnett, Lord Lyon.
He lived at 21 Walker Street in Edinburgh's West End.
|Wikisource has the text of the Dictionary of National Biography 1901 supplement's article about George Burnett.|
- Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1860
- "George Burnett". Find-a-grave.
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