Burton, Robert

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Burton, Robert Gender: M
born on 8 February 1577 Jul.Cal. (18 Feb 1577 greg.) at 08:55 (= 08:55 AM )
Place Lindley (Higham on the Hill), England, 52n33, 1w26
Timezone LMT m1w26 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 29°39' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 12°32 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 28°34'

Robert Burton


British astrologer, mathematician, scholar and Reverend rector of Seagrave. From a profound personal awareness in 1621, he wrote "Anatomy of Melancholy" under the pseudonym of Democritus Junior. Educated in Oxford, he was elected fellow of Christ Church College in 1599 and received his bachelor's degree of divinity in 1614. He remained at the college as librarian, tutor and scholar for the rest of his life. He was also appointed vicar of St. Thomas's in Oxford starting in 1616. The author of several Latin poems, his noted Latin comedy, "Philosophaster," written in 1606 and performed in 1617 was followed by his most famed piece "Anatomy of Melancholy," 1621. This was enlarged and revised several times by the author; basically a treatise on various forms of emotional disturbance and is considered a valuable document of the intellectual history of the seventeenth century. Burton died at Oxford on 25 January 1639. There was a rumor that he hanged himself.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • sibling relationship with Burton, William (born 24 August 1575 Jul.Cal. (3 Sep 1575 greg.))


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1606 (Latin comedy poem published)
  • Social : End a program of study 1614 (Bachelor's degree in divinity from Christ Church College)
  • Work : New Career 1616 (Appointed vicar of St. Thomas's)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1621 (Most noted writing of "Anatomy of Melancholy")
  • Death, Cause unspecified 25 January 1639 Jul.Cal. (4 Feb 1639 greg.) (rumor that he hanged self, age 61)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

BJA quotes his own chart as recorded in his papers. Born at the time of the Annunciation calendar, the year was 1576/77.

Sy Scholfield quotes different times in "Studies in the Life of Robert Burton" by RL Nochimson, The Yearbook of English Studies, Vol. 4, 1974: "A Bodleian Library manuscript, apparently in the handwriting of Burton's father, indicates that he was born at five am on Friday, 8 February I576/7; another manuscript at the Bodleian, a horoscope in Robert Burton's own hand, agrees as to that date but sets the time at three forty am." Scholfield adds on 28/3/14: However, scholars J. B. Bamborough and J. C. Eade assert that the figure 5 is actually and clearly a 9 and that 9 in the morning is recorded in a list of Burton family births [see page 273 in their "Robert Burton's Astrological Notebook," The Review of English Studies, New Series, Vol. 32, No. 127 (August 1981), pp. 267-285. Burton apparently rectified his chart to 8.44 a.m. (p. 274)]. BJA is therefore correct. Moreover, because Bamborough and Eade remark that the list recording the Burton family birth times and dates is part of a manuscript belonging to Burton's grandfather, a birth time of 9 a.m. LAT (9:15 am LMT) for Burton could be rated AA.


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression (Studies and writings)
  • Personal : Death : Unusual (rumor that he hanged himself)
  • Vocation : Education : Librarian (College)
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Astrologer (Hobby)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Reverand rector)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book