Robert Easton Burns

Robert Easton Burns (December 26, 1805 – January 12, 1863) was a Canadian lawyer, judge, and Chancellor of the University of Toronto.

Robert Easton Burns
12th Chancellor of the University of Toronto
In office
1856–1863
Preceded byWilliam Hume Blake
Succeeded byGeorge Skeffington Connor
Personal details
Born(1805-12-26)December 26, 1805
Niagara (Niagara-on-the-Lake), Upper Canada
DiedJanuary 12, 1863(1863-01-12) (aged 57)
Toronto, Canada West
Occupationlawyer and judge

Born in Niagara (Niagara-on-the-Lake), Upper Canada, the son of the Reverend John and Jane Burns, Burns was educated at home and at the Niagara District Grammar School. A lawyer, he was also a puisne judge on the Court of Queen’s Bench from 1850 until his death in 1863. From 1857 to 1861, he was the Chancellor of the University of Toronto. From 1849 to 1850, he was the treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

ReferencesEdit

  • Morrison, Brian H. (1976). "Burns, Robert Easton". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. IX (1861–1870) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
Academic offices
Preceded by
William Hume Blake
Chancellor of the University of Toronto
1856–1863
Succeeded by
George Skeffington Connor