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Gone for a Burton

Posted by P.cook on October 16, 2009 at 16:52

Regarding the phrase "Gone for a Burton". The origin of this phrase, from my understanding, refers to Richard Francis Burton (Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (19 March 1821 - 20 October 1890) Explorer, ethnographer, and man of letters. Pilgrim to Mecca and Harar; discoverer of Lake Tanganyika; translator of the Arabian Nights; controversialist and iconoclast.) who was known to go off on travels and not be heard from for years. Is this a possibility??