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Edwin Henry Burrington

6 West Quay, Edwin's home.

The Bridgwater Mercury 20 January 1892 Supplied by R De Smet

Amongst the deaths which it is our painful duty to chronicle is that of Mr Edwin Henry Burrington who on Saturday morning last, passed away after a few days illness in his 72nd year, the primary cause being attributed to influenza. Mr Burrington had only recently left the Western Quay, where he had resided for over thirty years, the house being now occupied by a newly-formed Constitutional Club.

He was a frequent contributor to the columns of the Bridgwater Mercury the authorship of his contributions being generally recognised by the literary talent so conspicuously displayed. For many years he was an invaluable member of the Free Library Committee and in conjunction with Alderman Thompson, chairman of the committee and the writer of this notice, assisted in the selection of newly purchased volumes whenever additions were made to the library shelves. Mr Burrington was born at Crediton Devon where the family had resided for many generations and came to Bridgwater about 45 years ago. Few would have thought from his quiet, unassuming manners that for many years he was intimately associated with the London Press notably with the 'Critic' of which he was on the permanent staff, and reviewed all the principal poetical works of that period. Articles from his pen frequently appeared in some of the leading London papers, and these his local and other friends would often discuss with him, little thinking that they were speaking to the writer and his modesty was too great to undeceive them. Mr Burrington published a volume of poems under the title Revelations of the Beautiful when he was 27 years old and it was exceedingly well reviewed by the entire Press. Since then no other collected works have appeared.

He was left a widower about 8 years ago and his family consists now of 3 sons[1] and one daughter viz: Messrs G.G.[2] Burrington, Manager of Fox & Fowler's Bank, Frederick Frank Burrington & Arthur Alfred Burrington, his only daughter[3] having recently married Mr Edward Trevor of Halesleigh, Bridgwater. The funeral took place yesterday at the Wembdon cemetery the service being conducted by the Rev. G. Trevor vicar of Holy Trinity.[4] Several other deaths from influenza are reported to have occurred in Bridgwater.

[1]   Edwin's first born child Henry Herbert is not mentioned here as he committed suicide on 3 December 1877 aged 26. He died intestate but letters of administration of his personal estate were granted, effects were under £1500. For more see here.
[2]   Gilbert George. For more see here.
[3]   Kate. For more see here.
[4]  Mr. Edwin Henry Burrington was a respected man of letters and was called upon to write out the census returns for Bridgwater. Returns were written in his own hand.

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