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Robert Burgess was born in the early 1800s in the North East of Scotland in a hamlet known as Slains.

Robert was a carpenter and served as an apprentice, gaining experience prior to moving to the village of Ellon. Robert lived on the banks of the river Ythan in 1852 where he established a joinery and building business.

“Today, over 160 years later, still stands this highly reputable Funeral Directors.”

Thanks to Robert’s values, principles and upright business acumen he developed an extensive business having several important works entrusted to him; these included the North of Scotland Bank buildings at Ellon and Methlick, the Station Hotel in Ellon, the residence of Moungan (a large prominent residence in Ellon) and the North United Free Church.

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Sadly, Robert passed away aged 85 leaving his son, Robert to continue the firm. Robert had a warm interest in the welfare of the Burgh (as it was known then) and served on the Town Council from 1920 to 1930 when he retired. Robert also served as Dean of Guild for several years.

“Anthony Burgess is the fifth generation of the founder, Robert Burgess.”

At a young age, Anthony would assist in the joinery workshop. When Anthony left school at 16 he served as a joiner, and in 1979, Anthony joined his father in the family business.

When Antony’s mother Muriel retired from the firm, Aileen, Anthony’s wife, left her position with the Clydesdale Bank to work alongside her husband.

Both Anthony and Aileen developed a successful Funeral Directors retaining the same values and priniciples first established by Robert many years before. Today, G Burgess & Son provides a caring and professional service to the community of Ellon and surrounding areas.

A service of re-dedication was held on 18th August 2010 and was attended by local dignitaries.