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Frank Burton

Nottingham Forest FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 6: A 1
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Frank Ernest Burton JP FSA FRNS
Birth Saturday, 18 March 1865 at Smithy Row in St Mary's, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  registered in Nottingham April-June 1865
Baptism Wednesday, 28 July 1869 at St Mary's Church, Nottingham, living in Smithy Row.
Education Attended Nottingham High School.

According to the 1871 census, six year-old Frank E. is the second of three children to Joseph and Annie (née Ball), living at 8 Smithy Row in St Mary's, Nottingham. His father is a provision merchant of his own company, Burton & Sons. Two apprentices and a servant live with them.


(His mother died 3 April 1880)
According to the 1881 census, Frank E. now has three younger siblings. His widowed father is still a provision merchant, and alongside two servants, they live at 10 Burns Street in St Mary's.


According to the 1891 census, Frank E. is also a provision merchant, alongside his father. They live at 'Winster House', 10 Burns Street in St Mary's, along with his four younger siblings and two servants.

  "The following Contract has been made: An agreement, dated the 5th day of March, 1900, between Joseph Burton, Frank Ernest Burton, and Percy George Burton, of the one part, and the Company of the other part, being the agreement for the sale of the business to the Company." - London Daily News, Monday, 12 March 1900.

According to the 1901 census, Frank E. still lives with his father at Malvern House, 15 Mapperley Road in Nottingham, both are still provision merchants. He also lives with his two younger brothers and three servants.

Marriage to Fannie Mabel Lambert, on 25 January 1902, at St. Matthew's Church in Nottingham.
  registered in Nottingham January-March 1902
Children Frank and Fannie Burton had two children together. Frances Machington (b.10 March 1904) and Leslie Lambert (b.17 December 1905)

According to the 1911 census, Frank Ernest is married to Fannie Mabel and they have two children, Frances and Leslie. He is a director of Joseph Burton & Sons (left), and they live with three servants at Ruddington House in Ruddington, Nottingham.
(His father died toward the end of 1916)

According to the 1921 census, Frank Ernest, a grocer provision merchant, is still married and they have two daughters, and with his mother-in-law, they live at The Orston Hall with two servants.
"The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir John Simon presided on Friday at the annual ceremony of nominating the sheriffs for England and Wales in the court of the Lord Chief Justice in the King's Bench Division. The names of the sheriffs eligible to serve for the various counties were read out by the King's Remembrancer (Master E. A. Jelf), and three were nominated for each county. The nominations included the following: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE. Frank Ernest Burton, of Orston Hall, Nottingham:...." - The Mansfield Reporter and Sutton-in-Ashfield Times, Friday, 19 November 1937.
"The King, at a Privy Council at Buckingham Palace yesterday picked the roll of Sheriffs for England and Wales. Among the High Sheriffs appointed were:- Nottinghamshire. Mr. Frank Ernest Burton, of Orston Hall, Nottingham....Mr. Burton, who is at present abroad, is a well-known Notts. personality. He has been a County Justice of the Peace for many years. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, he was formerly treasurer and member of the Council of the Thoroton Society. Mr. Burton is chairman of Joseph Burton and Sons, Ltd., Nottingham, with which firm he has been associated all his life. Mr. Burton is a Fellow of the Numismatic Society."
- The Nottingham Journal, Wednesday, 16 March 1938.
According to the 1939 register, Frank E. and Fannie M. are still married and with their two daughters, Frances and Leslie, they live at Orston Hall (left) in Launder Street in Orston. Frank is a Chairman of grocery and provision distribute trade.
(His son, Leslie Lambert Burton dies on 7 January 1941)
"An illuminated address, to mark the occasion of his 80th birthday, has been presented to Mr. Frank E. Burton, chairman of Joseph Burton and Sons, Ltd., Nottingham, by the employees of the firm. The presentation, in Burton's canteen, Talbot-street, was made by Sir Charles Pain, vice-chairman of the company."
- The Nottingham Evening Post, Tuesday, 20 March 1945.
Death Tuesday night, 10 February 1948 at his home, Orston Hall (left), in Bingham, Nottinghamshire
aged 82 years 329 days registered in Bingham January-March 1948
"BURTON.―On Tuesday, February 10th, 1948, Frank Ernest Burton, J.P., F.S.A., F.R.N.S., at his home, Orston Hall, Notts., aged 82. No flowers. Funeral, Orston, Friday, February 13th at 12 noon." - The Nottingham Evening Posts, Thursday, 12 February 1948.


"DEATH OF MR. F. E. BURTON. Well-Known Nottm Merchant
"One of the leading business people in Nottingham for something over half-a-century, Mr. Frank Ernest Burton, chairman of Messrs. Joseph Burton and Sons, Ltd., wholesale and retail grocery and provision merchants, Nottingham, passed away at his home, Orston Hall, during the night. He would have celebrated his 83rd birthday on March 3rd. He was at business as usual on Friday but contracted a chill which kept him at home during the week-end." - The Nottingham Evening Post, Wednesday, 11 February 1948.
"Mr. F. E. Burton dies at Orston Hall
"Mr. Frank Ernest Burton, of Orston Hall, Notts., chairman of Messrs. Joseph Burton and Sons, Ltd., provision merchants, Nottingham, and a former High Sheriff of the county, died on Wednesday, aged 82. All the 200 branches of the firm, from Cornwall to the Yorkshire coast, will close today while the funeral service is taking place at Orston church. One of the pioneers of cold storage in this country, Mr. Burton entered his father's business at the age of 15. He was appointed manager in 1886, and in 1900, when the company was formed became managing director. He had been chairman of directors since the death of his father in 1916. He was widely known as antiquarian, and his home contains one of the finest collections of coins, medals and early furniture in the country. Among the many thousands to whom he showed it were the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. He had played Association football for Nottm. Forest and Notts. County, and played for England in 1888. He had also played lawn tennis for the county. He leaves a widow and daughter." - The Nottingham Evening Post, Thursday, 12 February 1948.
Friday, 13 February 1948
Orston Church
BURTONS OF SMITHY ROW beg to announce that All Departments WILL BE CLOSED from 12 noon to 1 p.m. to-morrow Friday, February 13th during the funeral of the late Chairman, Frank Ernest Burton, J.P." - The Nottingham Evening Post, Thursday, 12 February 1948.

"Mr. Frank Ernest Burton, of Orston Hall, Notts., chairman of Messrs. Joseph Burton and Sons, Ltd., Nottingham, who died during Tuesday night in his 83rd year, was buried to-day in Orston churchyard, in the presence of many friends and employees. The officiating clergy were: Canon R. F. Wilkinson, Rector of West Bridgford, and the Rev. W. E. D. O'Thomson, Vicar of Orston." -
The Nottingham Evening Post, Friday, 13 February 1948.
"A quarter peal of Grandshire doubles, with the bells half-muffled, was rung at Orston church on Friday, where the funeral took place of Mr. Frank Ernest Burton, of Orston Hall, whose death in his 83rd year we reported last week." - The Grantham Journal, Friday, 20 February 1948.
Probate "BURTON Frank Ernest of Orston Hall Nottinghamshire died 10 February 1948 Probate Nottingham 8 June to Fanny Mabel Burton widow Frances Marchington Burton spinster sir Charles John Pain Knight and Francis Adlington Stokes company director.
Effects £45704 6s. 7d."
 [2019 Equivalent: £1,674,295]
"Coins Bequest to Nottm
"Mr. Frank Ernest Burton, of Orston Hall, Notts., chairman of Joseph B. Burton and Sons, Ltd., wholesale grocers, Nottingham, High Sheriff of the county in 1938, left £45,704 (net personalty £45,220). He left his collection of Anglo-Saxon and Norman coins, including those of Peveril of the Peak, all struck at Nottingham Mint, and his collection of Byron medals and relics to the Corporation of Nottingham." -
The Nottingham Journal, Saturday, 31 July 1948.
Fannie Burton died 7 January 1963


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Joined Notts County FC from school in October 1887 and remained at the club for a year. Joined rivals Nottingham Forest FC in November 1887 until November 1891.
Club honours None
Individual honours Played county level tennis for Nottinghamshire
Height/Weight not known.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 157th players (162) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 36, 2 March 1889, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, aged 23 years 349 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1888-89;
Team honours None
Individual honours The North (one appearance 1ᵍ, January 1889)
Distinctions Died eight days after Tom Wilson

Beyond England

Became in turn, manager, managing-director and chairman of Joseph Burton & Sons Ltd. A grocery chain founded by his father which operated in the East Midlands. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.55.
Burton was a leading authority on coins and medals, particularly Anglo Saxon and Norman from Nottingham mint. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society, He was also a collector of Byron relics and his collection of period furniture was one of the finest in the country.
He was appointed J.P. in 1910 and High Sheriff of Nottingham in 1938.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
1 1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6 1 100 +5
His only match was played in the British Championship competition and at a home venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +5
BC All 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +5

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +5
1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6 1 100 +5

Match History

 Club: Nottingham Forest F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 23 trial  
one appearance - The North vs. The South, 19 January 1889;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1
Anfield Road, Liverpool
BC HW   ir

one of nine who became the 157th player (162) to appear for England
the eighth player from Nottingham Forest FC to represent England