THE BURNETTS OF CRIMOND
Robert Burnett, Lord
Crimond (1592-1661) was a brother of Sir Thomas Burnett of Leys, 1st Baronet.
He was an eminent member of the Scottish Bar and was so successful that he was able to
purchase several estates, including Crimond in Aberdeenshire, which became his residence.
Due to his opposition to the Covenant, he left Scotland on three occasions and once remained in exile for 5 years. On his final return, he lived in retirement on the Crimond estates until the restoration, at which time he was made a Judge of the Court of Session, under the title of Lord Crimond, but he lived only a few months after his appointment. He married twice and had 5 sons and 2 daughters. Three of his sons died unmarried and the two others had no male descendants, so the Burnetts of Crimond are extinct in the male line.
Burnetts youngest son was Gilbert Burnett, Bishop of Salisbury, one of the
more distinguished members of the Burnett family.