Person Index

Burnett, Samuel

Samuel Burnett
b: ABT 1801
d: 21 OCT 1877
Christ Church''s Web Site
17 BURNETT Arbuthnot Camble
18 BURNETT Frederick William
19 BURNETT Julia
16 BURNETT Samuel

The Marlborough Express of the 8th of October 1897 reported the death of Mary Trotter of Makara at 67 years of age. "She arrived in Wellington by the ship Bengal Merchant, in the year 1840, accompanied by her parents, Mr and Mrs Samuel Burnett. They brought with them three children, of whom Mary aged 8 was the eldest. In 1848 she married Mr P. Trotter, of the Hutt, in which district she lived for 13 years, afterwards removing to Makara, where she had lived the last 35 years. During tbe trouble with the natives in 1846 she had some thrilling experiences, on several occasions having to run for her life. She leaves a number of children and grandchildren and a large circle of friends to mourn their loss".

Her husband Peter Trotter passed away 2 years later and his death was marked in the Evening Post which wrote that "One of Makara''s earliest settlers, Mr. Peter Trotter, passed away shortly after 8 o''clock last night. The late Mr. Trotter, who had passed the allotted span of three score years and ten, had seen much of the vicissitudes of colonial life since his arrival early in the forties, and during the Maori War he went through some stirring experiences. He was one of those who were fortunate enough to escape at the time of the Hutt massacre. For some 25 years he has led a quiet life at Makara, throughout which district he was very well known. He was of a retiring disposition, and took no particularly prominent part in public life, other than as chairman of the local school committee, which position he held for about 20 years with advantage to the district. Mr. Trotter leaves a large number of relatives in and around Wellington, including a grown-up family".

Also see Burnett and McClutchie

Plot 16 & 17 & 18 & 19:
BURNETT - Samuel (1801-1877), came out on the BENGAL MERCHANT with wife Bertha (Arbuthnot) and 3 children from Edinburgh. He owned a sawmill in Taita and supplied the timber to build the 1st wharf in Wellington.
BURNETT - Bertha (Arbuthnot) Campbell (1802-1862), from Edinburgh, married Samuel, above, about 1829
BURNETT - Frederick William- died 1876 aged 3 weeks, son of George Graeme Burnett & Mary Catherine BOHAN. Their children were: 1875 Alice Maud, 1876 Frederick William, 1877 Fanny Maude & Lillias Mary, 1879 Mynna May, 1880 Marjery Graeme, 1882 Charles William Graeme, 1883 Gertude Lilly
BURNETT - Julia, EITHER (1864-1944) OR (1869-1877)
from web site

above details has errors


140 Date: 7 June 2006 From: Toby Arbuthnot - Who was Arbuthnot Camble McLathier (born Edinburgh 1801, died 24 November 1862, married Samuel Burnett). They had a child, Jane Burnett who married Edmund Herne Buckeridge.
Name: Arbuthnot Camble McClatchy (not McLathier but that could simply be an error either in my case or yours). Born: 01/07/1801 at Edinburgh. Married: 1829 at Glasgow to Samuel Burnett.
Arrived in New Zealand in 1839 on the Bengal Merchant with her husband and possibly one or more of their children: I have not been able to access passenger lists to verify the 1839 date but early death records here included the question "How many years in New Zealand?" and so it is often possible to work out the year of emigration quite accurately (and we know that they did sail on the Bengal Merchant). Died: 24/11/1862 at Te Whiti, New Zealand.
Buried: at Taita Cemetery (not too far from Wellington - somewhere in the Wairarapa probably). It''s a double plot and Samuel is buried alongside her.

Their children''s names that I have are:-
1. Mary Burnett (married name Trotter)
2. George Burnett (married Mary Bamford and their son George Samuel Bamford Burnett was my great-grandfather). One of George and Mary''s daughters was also named Arbuthnot Camble Burnett.
3. Isabella Burnett (married name Grey) (widowed and remarried a man named either Parkhill or Ritchie)
4. Elizabeth Burnett (married name Pike or Pyke)
No Jane Burnett on my list, this still may have been the name of a daughter - sometimes names just get ''lost''. Perhaps she didn''t travel to NZ with her parents.
In any case there are a few similarities and I will be very interested to know if the Arbuthnot you are seeking and my Arbuthnot are the same.
Karen Newson - email
from web site

Marriage Index Details from Scotland People
Date: 12/11/1830, Surname: BURNET (sic), Forename: SAMUEL, Spouse Surame:
CLATCHIE (sic), Forename: ARBUTHNOT CAMP (sic), Parish: ST CUTHBERT''S, City/County: EDINBURGH CITY CITY/MIDLOTHIAN, GROS Data: 685/02 0420 0139

The Begal Merchant sailed from Glasgow 30th October 1839 and arrived in Port Nicholson 20th February 1840
Names as on steerage passenger list
Burnett Samuel, Aged: 28, Ploughman
Burnett Wife, Aged: 28
Burnett Mary, Aged: 8
Burnett George, Aged: 4
Burnett Son, Infant
McLatchie (sic) George, Aged: 20, Miller

Wellington Independent 4 March 1846
In our last, we furnished the movement of the troops up to six o''clock on Tuesday evening. That evening a picket was thrown across the potatoe ground, the Maories being encamped on a plot of land across a creek, at the foot of a high hill thickly covered with bush. The natives followed the military custom by likewise having a line of pickets across the field. During the night the artillery under the command of Capt. Henderson, arrived on the ground, and by dint of great labour and perseverance, some field pieces and howitzers were conveyed to the camp. We cannot refrain from mentioning the characteristic zeal of the officers and blue jackets of the men of war, while assisting in dragging up the guns and ammunition.
On the following morning, Wednesday, affairs seemed approaching to a crisis. The natives refused to leave, demanding payment for their crops. His Excellency stated that quit they must, and as for compensation, he could not listen to it there, but they must bring it forward at their own place, Wanganui. His Excellency then gave the Maories till twelve o''clock, to consider whether they would depart, and if not, he informed them that they would be attacked immediately. By persuasion of Mr. Taylor, a Church Missionary, the natives made a semblance of departing, and marched into the bush. In consequence the artillery was brought down to the stockade near the bridge.
His Excellency, with Major Richmond, returned to town, and many were sanguine that affairs were settled in a peaceable and friendly manner. The military, when they left this place for the Hutt, expected to return the same evening, and did not therefore carry with them the necessary articles for a protracted stay. Owing also to the supposed settlement of the question, Captain Eyton was ordered over to Wellington, on Thursday morning, with the Grenadier company of the 96th, and Capt. Hardy with 76 men of the 58th.
Early on Thursday morning, Major Last discovered eight or nine armed natives on the ground which the main body of their countrymen occupied the proceeding day: who made an excuse that they were searching far trinkets. It is more than probable that they were acting as a look-out, upon the military. Major Last, ordered some men who had been employed by the authorities, to commence a road from Mr. Boulcott''s house to the camp. There is now an excellent road for carts up to the camp, thanks to Col. Hulme, and Major Last By the directions of the last officer, the ground has been cleared for the space of about 300 square feet, tents erected, logs thrown up for a breastwork, and preparations commenced for erecting a block-house, in which, we believe, it is intended to station 150 men. In the evening a party of the natives carried off a fine pig the property of a man named Sennox, striking the owner of the animal on the leg with the back part of a towahawk, and snapping a gun in his face. A second party entered the house of a man named Leverton (sic), and carried off a gun, whilst a third party robbed the warre (sic) of a man named Giles. In consequence of these outrages, a party of settlers remained up armed during the night to protect their property.
During Friday, the natives threatened the life of every settler in the district, in case one of their party was shot. They also threatened to pillage the houses of the settlers.
On Saturday, Captain Eyton returned to the Hutt, with 42 of the 96th; and Major Arney, with 94 of the 58th, and 73 of the 99th. Major Arney of the 58th relieving the commanding officer, Major Last.
On Sunday, March 1, the natives carried out their threats by pillaging the unfortunate settlers on a most extensive scale. The robberies on the Waiwatu were perpetrated in the earlier part of the day by from fifty to one hundred men of the Taupo tribe, whilst those on the Hutt were the acts of about one hundred of the Ngatirangatahi. F. Pare, the chief and subservient tool of Rangihaeata, is notonous for having butchered five of the unfortunates who fell at Wairau. One of the settlers, irritated at the loss of his property drew a sword upon a native who merely imitated the notes of the kaka, when he was joined by numbers who came from the bush, and the white man was compelled to fly for his life.
The following is a correct list of the Europeans who have been robbed of all they possessed:-
Francis Whiteman, and three adults.
John Russell, wife, and one child.
James Swan and brother.
William Leckie, and William Parker, and one child.
John Dounie, wife, and four children.
William Ebden, mother, brother, and servant, and three children.
John Jackson, and wife.
James Holmes, wife, and five children.
William Thomas, wife, and five children.
James McEwen, wife, and three children.
David Galloway, wife, and three children.
David McEwen, wife, mother, and three children.
William Tannahill, wife, and three children.
Charles Collis, wife, and two children.
Robert Fairweather, wife, and five children.
Thomas Hughes, wife, and four children.
Samuel Burnett, wife, brother, and five children.
John Sutherland, wife, and three children.
Thomas Reid, wife, and one child.
Total forty-four adults, and fifty-one children,
Thus ninety-six individuals, men, women, and children, were stripped of all they possessed on Sunday.
About 12 o''clock at night a deputation from the unfortunate men waited upon His Excellency Captain Grey in Wellington, and laid before him their grievances. His Excellency promised to see into the case as early as possible, and took the depositions of the men with his own hands. Monday, March 2. Various rumours of a conflicting nature were were rife in town. The out-settler, who had not been robbed, terrified at the idea of losing their property, began to remove their most valuable articles to a place of safety. About 80 more troops were ordered for the Hutt, and it was generally understood that martial law was to be proclaimed. In the afternoon a detachment of the troops were sent up the Waiwatu. A native threw a spear at one of the 96th, ripping up the sleeve of his jacket, and tearing the flesh on his arm. In the afternoon, another body of military departed from town for the Hutt.
Tuesday, March 3. At daybreak, the natives commenced firing on the grenadier company of the 96th, under the command of Capt. Eyton, who were stationed some distance from the camp. Capt. Eyton''s party returned the fire in a most spirited manner, and compelled the natives after some time to retire, with what loss cannot be ascertained. At the same time, a party of natives in the bush commenced firing on the encampment, but without inflicting any injury.
A despatch arrived in town about 11 o''clock, when his Excellency ordered H.M. Steamer DRIVER to prepare to receive bodies of troops to take over to the Hutt. 50 of the 58th, 20 of the 96th, and 30 of the 99th, under the command of Lieutenant Barclay, were conveyed on board by half-past one, and at 2 o''clock the DRIVER weighed anchor, and steamed over to Petoni. In the afternoon, his Excellency Captain Grey, following Up that energetic line of policy which has characterized his proceedings to the present time, proclaimed the district lying to the south of Wainui in Cook''s Straits, to Castle Point on the East Coast, under Martial Law. Toward the afternoon, a party of natives drove a man name Cole from his land on the Waiwatu, and took possession of his goods. Fifty Volunteers were embodied, under the command of Mr. Watt, and in conjunction with thirty military, were thrown out to endeavour to cut off the plunderers from the main body. Between four and five o''clock yesterday evening, a heavy firing, as if of continuous volleys of musketry, was heard by parties at the Kora Kora, who were returning to Wellington.
The Commandant, Colonel Hulme, and Brigade Major McLerie, both returned to the Hutt yesterday afternoon. Major Last, of the 99th regt., with two hundred men under him, has been left in command at Wellington. Captain Graham, of H.M.S. Castor, likewise placed the blue jackets, small arm men, and marines, at his disposal if necessary. Major Last took the most effective and vigorous measures, last night, to ensure the safety of the town. A party of thirty men were stationed at the brick barracks at the brick barracks at Tiakiwai, with orders to protect the road, and keep up a constant communication with the barracks on Thorndon Flat. A second party was ordered to carry on the communication to the barracks on Lambton Quay, whilst other parties received orders to peramulate from Te Aro Pah to the same place. Strict injunctions were likewise given to all the pickets to prevent any native crossing their lines after dark.
So far, every measure of precaution was carried out, and acted upon.
A guard was likewise stationed at the residence of his Excellency.
The settlers along the Porirua road, generally, are described as being in a state of great anxiety and fear, owing to the fact of Ranghiaeata having threatened to destroy every white man within his reach, provided a Maori was killed. Many of the Porirua settlers have sent their wives and families into Wellington. Yesterday, C. Clifford, Esq., J P., departed for that district, taking with him a quantity of arms and ammunition for the use of the settlers, and with the intention of remaining on the spot to cheer them with his presence.

Wellington Independent 14 Febraury 1860
If this should meet the eye of GEORGE McCLATCHIE, late of Wellington, New Zealand, he is requested to write to his sister at the Taita, Hutt, Wellington, as she is anxious to hear from him. Any person giving information of his whereabouts will be gratefully acknowledged,
Taita, Hutt, Wellington
Feb. 14, 1860

Wellington Independent 27 November 1862
On Monday, the 24th instant, at the residence of her husband, Taitai (sic), Hutt, Arbuthnot, wife of Mr. Samuel Burnett, aged 61 years
NOTICE the friends of the late MRS. BURNETT, are respectfully invited to attend her Funeral, which will take place on Friday next, at 3 p.m., from the residence of her husband, to Christchurch (sic), Taita.
Nov. 26, 1862

Wellington Independent 25 July 1865
Samuel Burnett was charged with leaving a loaded dray on the high road, near the Taita. Mr. E. Baker, Native Interpreter, stated that he was proceeding to the Upper Hutt to attend the Resident Magistrate''s Court held there on Wednesday last, and saw the dray in question standing in the road in such a position as to obstruct the traffic of persons travelling with vehicles on that road. That several complaints had been made, and several persons had been fined for the like offence. Mr. Burnett said that he had lent the dray to David Benge, and at that time it was not in his possession Benge was also charged with leaving two drays laden with timber on the road. He admitted the statement to be true, in reference to Mr Burnett''s dray, and in regard to the other two, he pleaded ignorance of the law, and said that he was not aware that he was doing wrong. The Bench, after cautioning the defendants against pursuing such a dangerous practice in future, dismissed the case against Burnett, and inflicted a fine of 10s.

Hutt Valley Cemetery Record George McCluthey (sic), Date: 8/8/1867, St James Anglican, Lower Hutt, Burial Records

Wellington Independent 10 August 1867
McCLUTCHIE.- On Wednesday, August 7, at the Taita, Mr George McClutchie, aged 49 years.
The friends of the late Mr Geo. McCLUTCHIE are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, which will take place This Day, Saturday, the 10th August; to leave the residence of Mr Samuel Burnett, Taita, Hutt, at three o''clock.

Evening Post 24 October 1877
Burnett.- On the 21st October, Samuel Burnett, of the Taita, aged 76 years
Funeral Notice
The funeral of the SAMUEL BURNETT will leave the residence of Mr. George Burnett, at the Taita, on THURSDAY, the 25th inst., at 3 p.m. Friends are respectfully invited
Another of our earilest pioneer settlers has passed away. Mr. S. Burnett, who arrived in Wellington by the ship Bengal Merchant in the begining of the year 1840, nearly 38 years ago, died at the Taita on Sunday last.

Probate Samuel Burnett, Place: Hutt, Occ: Farmer, Date of Death: 21/10/1877, AAOM 6029 1105, Filed: 30/10/1877, Type: Will, Archives NZ, Wellington
  • ABT 1801 - Birth -
  • 21 OCT 1877 - Death -
Samuel Burnett
ABT 1801 - 21 OCT 1877
Family Group Sheet - Child
MSamuel Burnett
BirthABT 1801
Death21 OCT 1877
Marriage1830to Arbuthnot Mcclutchie
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Samuel Burnett
BirthABT 1801
Death21 OCT 1877
Marriage1830to Arbuthnot Mcclutchie
PARENT (F) Arbuthnot Mcclutchie
Birth1 JUL 1801Edinburgh, Scotland
Death24 NOV 1862
Marriage1830to Samuel Burnett
FMary Burnett
Birth1831Edinburgh, Scotland
Death4 OCT 1897
Marriage1848to Peter Trotter
MSon Burnett
FIsabella Burnett
Birth1838Glasgow, Scotland
MGeorge Burnett
Birth1835Glasgow, Scotland
Death13 MAR 1892
Marriage5 DEC 1861to Mary Bamford at Tinakori Road, Wellington
FElizabeth Burnett
Death15 AUG 1927
Marriage1863to John Pike
FMargaret Burnett
Birth1834Glasgow, Scotland
Descendancy Chart
Samuel Burnett b: ABT 1801 d: 21 OCT 1877
Arbuthnot Mcclutchie b: 1 JUL 1801 d: 24 NOV 1862
Mary Burnett b: 1831 d: 4 OCT 1897
Peter Trotter b: 1826 d: 27 OCT 1899
Sarah Trotter b: 1853 d: 1 MAY 1947
Henry Monaghan b: 1852 d: 28 MAR 1890
Samuel Trotter b: 1856 d: 25 MAY 1881
John Trotter b: 1859
William Robert Trotter b: 1864 d: 4 MAR 1902
Margaret Jane Bowler b: 1866 d: 6 AUG 1914
Mary Abuthnot Trotter b: 1872 d: 25 JUL 1941
Isabella Burnett b: 1838
George Burnett b: 1835 d: 13 MAR 1892
Mary Bamford b: ABT 1855 d: 22 DEC 1918
Mary Elizabeth Burnett b: 1865 d: 2 JAN 1941
Edward Eagle b: 1864 d: 14 JUL 1940
George Samuel Bamford Burnett b: 1873 d: 7 MAR 1909
Margaret Burnett b: 1871 d: 12 AUG 1929
Enid Violet Rathbone b: 29 OCT 1893 d: 30 OCT 1893
Ena Rathbone b: 12 SEP 1905 d: 12 SEP 1905
Evelyn Burnett b: 1867
James Bayliss b: 1864
Mary Jane Burnett b: 15 FEB 1880 d: 24 SEP 1932
Joseph Edward Olliver Aplin b: 1877 d: 13 APR 1957
Alice Maud Burnett b: 1875 d: 27 NOV 1944
Albert Reynolds Hadfield b: 1880 d: 11 MAR 1953
Ethel Burnett b: 1877
Gertrude Lilly Burnett b: 1883 d: 5 MAR 1940
Arthur Hopwood b: 1875 d: 20 SEP 1957
Julia Burnett b: 1869 d: 19 FEB 1877
Frederick William Burnett b: 1876 d: 3 NOV 1876
Elizabeth Burnett b: 1840 d: 15 AUG 1927
John Pike b: 1837 d: 18 AUG 1903
Margaret Burnett b: 1834
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