CFHS code : PL217

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : MARTIN JAMES BURN beloved husband of MARTHA BURN d January 20th 1890 also MARTHA BURN his beloved wife d Feb 1st 1897 aged 6[9]

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument shelters under a tree and still retains its decorative features. Photo 2016
Burn headstone 2016


This headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, is under a large tree next to the Lodge.  It still retains its decorative features.


Martin James Burn
the beloved husband of
Martha Burn …. this ….. January 20th 1890

Martha Burn
his beloved wife died February 1st 1897
aged 69 years

Martha Burn (née Wardle) (c.1828 – 1 February 1897)

Martha was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and baptised at St. Andrew’s Church on 9 May 1828.  She was the daughter of Anthony and Martha, her father worked as a joiner and they lived at Vine Lane in Newcastle. She married carpenter  John Selkirk (1826-1863) on 23 March 1851 at St. John’s Church Manchester.  The couple had four children:  Martha Wardle (1852-1895), Jane Davidson (1856-1896), William John Wardle (1860-1923) and Fanny Isabella (1863-1890). All of the children were born in Newcastle, with the exception of William who was born in Calcutta, India – suggesting that they were living there at some point, but it is not know why.  Martha was widowed aged 35 years old and married for a second time on 2 November 1865 at All Saint’s Church, West Ham. Martin was also from Newcastle, so their families might have been known to each other.  They ran the Great Northern Hotel at 61 Hills Road, on the corner of Station Road, and had at least one son together: Albert Alexander (1868-1949). Martha died at the hotel aged 69 years old.

Martin James Burn (c.1834 – 26 January 1890)

Martin was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was the son of Martin James Burn and his wife Jane.  His father worked as an engineer and he was 31 years old when he married widow Martha Selkirk. Martin died at the Great Northern Hotel aged 55 years old, and the hotel was later run by his son Albert.



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