Thomas Burgon (Biographical details)

Thomas Burgon (collector; British; Male; 1787 - 1858)

Also known as

Burgon, Thomas


British merchant in Smyrna. His business failed about 1841 and, after this, his interest in numismatics led him to seek employment at The British Museum. His appointment was initially opposed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and, only later, following the intervention of Samuel Rodgers and Lord Lyndhurst, was he made a supernumerary assistant in the then Department of Antiquities, 1844-58.

His collection of antiquities was acquired by the museum in 1842 and, following his death in August 1858, his library was sold at Sotheby's on December 22nd of that year.

A large archive of his drawings is in the Ashmolean. For its Burgon archive project see


'Who Was Who in Egyptology', Dawson & Uphill, Ed. Bierbrier, Third Revised Edition, EES, London, 1995.
Burgon, Thomas (1787-1858),     [article by William E. Daehn], The E-sylum XIX/4:120-126