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George Burns, 2nd Baron Inverclyde

George Burns, 2nd Baron Inverclyde

George Arbuthnot Burns, 2nd Baron Inverclyde (17 September 1861 – 8 October 1905) was the owner of a Scottish shipping company. Burns was the elder son of John Burns, First Baron Inverclyde (24 June 1829 – 12 February 1901).

George Arbuthnot Burns

Second Baron Inverclyde of Castle Wemyss
Vanity Fair caricature by Spy (Leslie Ward), 28 July 1904.
Born17 September 1861
Died8 October 1905(1905-10-08) (aged 44)
Spouse(s)Mary Fergusson (Married 6 April 1886)

The Burns' fleet of ships amounted to over 100 vessels, trading between the Clyde, Ireland, Liverpool, and the Scottish Highlands. His father eventually handed him control of the Cunard Steamship Company, making him chairman.

He was Justice of the Peace for Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire, and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Glasgow on 1 July 1902.[1] He was also Lord Dean of Guild of the City of Glasgow, 1903–4.[2]

On 6 April 1886, he married Mary Fergusson, younger daughter of Hickson Fergusson, of The Knowe, Ayrshire. However, he died childless in 1905, and the titles and business passed to his younger brother, James Cleland Burns, 3rd Baron Inverclyde (1864–1919).[3]

He spearheaded the development of the steamships Lusitania and RMS Mauretania but died before the ships were launched. His widow, Lady Mary, christened the Lusitania at her launching in June 1906.


  1. "No. 27450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 July 1902. p. 4242.
  2. Merchants House of Glasgow - List of Deans
  3. L. G. Pine, The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms (London, U.K.: Heraldry Today, 1972), page 156. Cited by

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