Would like to find out more about this line of Burnes. David was son of James Burnes and Jemima Brown Burnes. When his father passed away without a will, David being the eldest son under English law inherited the lions share of his property. This property is where the present day White House and a great deal of Penn. Ave. now sit. David had quite a battleof words with George Washington when Washington decided to purchase it. In one letter Washington wrote to his Sec. of State he referes to Burnes as the obstanite Mr. Burnes.