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Charles Burney (1726–1814) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1781 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Burney, Charles (1726–1814), musician and author, was born on 7 April 1726 in Raven Street, Shrewsbury, the fourth of six children of James Macburney (1678–1749), dancer, musician, and portraitist, and his second wife, Ann Cooper (c.1690–1775).