William Burdon was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and died in London on 30 May 1818. Having attended the local grammar school, he went from Newcastle to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, when he was eighteen, attaining his BA in 1786 and his MA in 1788. He was a Fellow of Emmanuel College from 1788 to 1796. He resigned his Fellowship that year. In 1798, he married Jane Dickson the daughter of a wealthy coal-miner owner near Morpeth. His wife died in 1806. He spent most of his life from 1802 in London.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.