Dr Charles Burney (1726-1814), musician and author, began his career as an organist and music teacher, receiving the degree of D.Mus. from Oxford in 1769. In the 1770s Burney established himself as a literary man, no longer simply the music teacher to the upper classes and in 1772 he was elected FRS. He finally gave up his teaching activities at the age of seventy-eight. He received a royal pension of £300 per year from 1805, and was elected as a corresponding member of the Institut National de France late in 1810.
Charles Burney (1757-1817), schoolmaster and book collector, was born on 4 December 1757, the son of Dr Charles Burney and his first wife, Esther Sleepe. In January 1777 he was admitted a pensioner at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, but was sent down for selling books from the college library. He managed to obtain the degree of MA from King's College Aberdeen, and returned to London in July 1781. Doubts about his character made it impossible for him to obtain a curacy, so he settled into the career of a schoolmaster. He was assistant master in Dr William Rose's private school at Chiswick, succeeding him as headmaster on his death in 1786 and moving the school to Hammersmith. At this time he developed his reputation as a scholar, and obtained honorary doctorates in law from King's College Aberdeen and the University of Glasgow. His redemption in the eyes of society was completed in 1807 when he was finally ordained a deacon in the Church of England; advancement in the church followed rapidly. Elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1802, he was appointed professor of ancient literature at the Royal Academy in 1810, and the same year elected to the Literary Club. He was also a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
Charles Parr Burney (1785-1864), the only son of Dr Charles Burney, was educated by his father and at Merton College, Oxford, gaining an MA in 1811 and DD in 1822. In 1813 Dr Charles Burney retired from the school at Greenwich in favour of his son, who until then had been his assistant. Charles Parr Burney remained at the school until 1835, from 1838 to 1848 he was rector of Sible Hedingham, Essex. He was Archdeacon of St Albans in 1840 and of Colchester from 1848 until his death. Burney was elected FRS in 1814 and FLS in 1823.
Fanny Anne Burney (1812-1860), diarist, was the eldest in the family of two sons and four daughters of the Reverend Charles Parr Burney. she married Major James Wood on 1 July 1835.
Sources: John Wagstaff, 'Burney, Charles (1726-1814)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/4078; Lars Troide, 'Burney, Charles (1757-1817)', op. cit. - http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/4079; Harriet Blodgett, 'Burney, Fanny Anne (1812-1860)', op. cit. - http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/48927. By permission of Oxford University Press.