Brief profile of George Burton
by Don Ambrose
Born at Hampstead, London, 1st May 1851.
Died at Covent Garden, Westminster, London, 7th May 1930.
He played his early cricket with the clubs of North London, appearing for the Middlesex Colts as early as 1875. Eventually, on the recommendation of Robert Thoms he was found a place with Middlesex side, in 1881 at the age of 30. Between then and 1893 he played 111 times for Middlesex and in 128 first-class matches. From 1883 until 1904 he was a member of the M.C.C. ground staff. He was awarded two benefit matches at Lords, in 1892 and 1905. He was for many years the official scorer of the Middlesex CCC and in 1898 and 1899 stood as a first-class umpire.
By occupation he was a master coachsmith. His son, Frederick Alfred, born 1885, was also a professional cricketer with the M.C.C. and with Hertfordshire (1907-32).
In the 1881 Census he is shown at resident at 2 Boxworth Grove, Islington, London, aged 29 as a blacksmith. His wife Ann H. is 38 and his two sons, George (3) and Frank (1). Also present is Rebecca Stevens, a visitor, aged 14.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)