Gilbert Burnet, the son of Gilbert Burnet, Bishop of Salisbury, was born there on 15 November 1690. He died on 27 June 1726 and was buried at East Barnet, Middlesex. He was educated at Leiden and at Merton College, Oxford, where he matriculated in 1703 and graduated BA in 1706. In 1713 he incorporated at Cambridge and graduated MA from Peterhouse. He was ordained priest in 1715, becoming a canon of Salisbury in the same year and rector of East Barnet in 1719. He was made chaplain to George I in 1718 and elected to the Royal Society in 1723.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.