Wimbledon's Lord Dean David Burr joins global craze with Ice Bucket Challenge

Soaked: Lord Dean David Burr manages to keep smiling during the chilling challenge.

Soaked: Lord Dean David Burr manages to keep smiling during the chilling challenge.

First published in News Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

This is the moment a member of Wimbledon's titled gentry was drenched with a bucket of ice-cold water.

Lord Dean David Burr, of Garfield Road, joined the global craze of being soaked with freezing water to raise money for charity on Saturday.

The craze started in the United States, where celebrities including Justin Timberlake and Bill Gates are among those to have got soaked to raise funds for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ( ALS ) Association.

Lord Burr, 34, said: "I was nominated by my personal assistant, Reece, who was thinking I wouldn't do it.

"It was absolutely freezing and Reece is an expert because if you look carefully he tips it down my back first and it was freezing.

Lord Burr, who runs Wimbledon pest control company Lords Environmental, donated £100 to the ALS Association and Macmillan Cancer Support using the hash tag #Icebucketchallenge.

Meet Wimbledon's little-known Lord, who also owns a pest control company.

He said: "It's like the no make-up selfie which raised a lot of money for charity and got people involved.

The idea came from former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, whose career ended after he was diagnosed with ALS, a spinal disease which can lead to muscle spasms, speech impediments and even paralysis.

Once the challenge is completed, the plucky participant then nominates someone else to take on the challenge.

They can either accept and donate money to the person's chosen charity, or pay £100 to the charity.

Lord Burr nominated friends Lord Stephen Young, Lord Brett Mclean of Hastings and Marc Povey.

 

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9:42am Wed 20 Aug 14

tjames says...

the enemies within--coutesy of dc
the enemies within--coutesy of dc tjames
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3:44pm Thu 21 Aug 14

tom_d says...

He claims to be "the official Lord of Wimbledon".

Lord of Wimbledon is apparently a title that used to belong to Earl Spencer until he sold it in 1996

(http://www.spokesma
n.com/stories/1996/j
un/29/cash-makes-som
e-guy-the-lord-of-wi
mbledon/)

Anyone can buy one of these 'titles', doesn't mean they're worthy of special attention. Still, fair play to him for raising money.
He claims to be "the official Lord of Wimbledon". Lord of Wimbledon is apparently a title that used to belong to Earl Spencer until he sold it in 1996 (http://www.spokesma n.com/stories/1996/j un/29/cash-makes-som e-guy-the-lord-of-wi mbledon/) Anyone can buy one of these 'titles', doesn't mean they're worthy of special attention. Still, fair play to him for raising money. tom_d
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3:59pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Krisleen says...

@tom_d You have obviously not done your homework have you? Lord Burr hasn't bought his title, he inherited it, something which the newspaper has checked before writing this article and the one on him: http://www.wimbledon
guardian.co.uk/archi
ve/2013/07/24/105676
34.Meet_Wimbledon_s_
little_known_Lord__w
ho_also_owns_a_pest_
control_company/

Newspapers cannot just run a story with no facts or evidence to back it up. You are right in saying anyone can buy the title, however this is not the case here. If you use your eyes, you will notice he carrys a chain of office, which he is wearing!

There are various articles on Lord Burr and the good he does. He's family and ancestry is in the history books. I advise you to visit his website, view his ancestry and relatives and in future don't jump to conclusions.

Kris Lean
@tom_d You have obviously not done your homework have you? Lord Burr hasn't bought his title, he inherited it, something which the newspaper has checked before writing this article and the one on him: http://www.wimbledon guardian.co.uk/archi ve/2013/07/24/105676 34.Meet_Wimbledon_s_ little_known_Lord__w ho_also_owns_a_pest_ control_company/ Newspapers cannot just run a story with no facts or evidence to back it up. You are right in saying anyone can buy the title, however this is not the case here. If you use your eyes, you will notice he carrys a chain of office, which he is wearing! There are various articles on Lord Burr and the good he does. He's family and ancestry is in the history books. I advise you to visit his website, view his ancestry and relatives and in future don't jump to conclusions. Kris Lean Krisleen
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4:07pm Thu 21 Aug 14

tom_d says...

Krisleen wrote:
@tom_d You have obviously not done your homework have you? Lord Burr hasn't bought his title, he inherited it, something which the newspaper has checked before writing this article and the one on him: http://www.wimbledon

guardian.co.uk/archi

ve/2013/07/24/105676

34.Meet_Wimbledon_s_

little_known_Lord__w

ho_also_owns_a_pest_

control_company/

Newspapers cannot just run a story with no facts or evidence to back it up. You are right in saying anyone can buy the title, however this is not the case here. If you use your eyes, you will notice he carrys a chain of office, which he is wearing!

There are various articles on Lord Burr and the good he does. He's family and ancestry is in the history books. I advise you to visit his website, view his ancestry and relatives and in future don't jump to conclusions.

Kris Lean
Yes he inherited it. And where did the late John Edwards obtain it? Did he also inherit it, or did he purchase it?

The fact is, the title of 'Lord of Wimbledon' was sold at auction in 1996. Unless you are suggesting that there is more than one 'Lord of Wimbledon'?

I acknowledged his charity work. But that doesn't alter the fact that I could buy a 'title' online that would carry just as much weight as this one.
[quote][p][bold]Krisleen[/bold] wrote: @tom_d You have obviously not done your homework have you? Lord Burr hasn't bought his title, he inherited it, something which the newspaper has checked before writing this article and the one on him: http://www.wimbledon guardian.co.uk/archi ve/2013/07/24/105676 34.Meet_Wimbledon_s_ little_known_Lord__w ho_also_owns_a_pest_ control_company/ Newspapers cannot just run a story with no facts or evidence to back it up. You are right in saying anyone can buy the title, however this is not the case here. If you use your eyes, you will notice he carrys a chain of office, which he is wearing! There are various articles on Lord Burr and the good he does. He's family and ancestry is in the history books. I advise you to visit his website, view his ancestry and relatives and in future don't jump to conclusions. Kris Lean[/p][/quote]Yes he inherited it. And where did the late John Edwards obtain it? Did he also inherit it, or did he purchase it? The fact is, the title of 'Lord of Wimbledon' was sold at auction in 1996. Unless you are suggesting that there is more than one 'Lord of Wimbledon'? I acknowledged his charity work. But that doesn't alter the fact that I could buy a 'title' online that would carry just as much weight as this one. tom_d
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4:15pm Thu 21 Aug 14

tom_d says...

Burr's friend 'Lord' Brett McLean:

http://faketitlesand
orders.wordpress.com
/2014/06/13/lord-bre
tt-mclean-of-hasting
s/
Burr's friend 'Lord' Brett McLean: http://faketitlesand orders.wordpress.com /2014/06/13/lord-bre tt-mclean-of-hasting s/ tom_d
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5:46pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Frank_P says...

I happen to actaully research family histories, it's sort of a hobby of mine. I was surprised to learn of Lord Dean David Burr myself when I read the article in The Guardian last year and since decided to do some research myself, looking in the archives etc...

It's true Lord Burr did inherit his title from Lord John Edwards. John Edwards was born in 1911, orginially born "John Burr." For reasons unknown hes name was changed to "John Edwards", his mother's maiden name.

The Edwards family have always been very close to the Burrs, since the start of the 15th century. I carried out a search on the Edwards family whom turned out to be involved in politics. John Edwards uncle Symond Edwards was a lord, and this is the title which was passed to John Edwards and now onto Dean Burr.

The Information I found on the Burrs in the archives was shocking, and surprised it's not been mentioned. After tracing the archives back, in 1625 Jehu Burr sailed over to the USA and had a son called Daniel Burr who then had a son named Sir Aaron Burr who was a reverand and was a notable divine and educator in colonial America. Sir Aaron Burr had a son named Aaron Burr Jr who was the third Vice President of the United States (1801–1805) Aaron Burr Jr's maternal grandfather was Jonathan Edwards (1703 - 1758) who was the father of Aaron Burr's mother Esther Burr.

Along the line of family members born in to the Burr family Lord Jonathan Edwards whom Lord Burr inherited his title from was named after Aaron Burr Jr's grandfather Jonathan Edwards.

I spent days researching the Burrs and Edwards.

Now considering the title in question was around in the 1800's we both know the purchasing of titles wasn't around then. So it's self evident that Lord Dean David Burr has a very important and wealthy ancestry which can only mean the title was first given as an honor by someone of heirachy, perhaps even by Aaron Burr Jr himself.
I happen to actaully research family histories, it's sort of a hobby of mine. I was surprised to learn of Lord Dean David Burr myself when I read the article in The Guardian last year and since decided to do some research myself, looking in the archives etc... It's true Lord Burr did inherit his title from Lord John Edwards. John Edwards was born in 1911, orginially born "John Burr." For reasons unknown hes name was changed to "John Edwards", his mother's maiden name. The Edwards family have always been very close to the Burrs, since the start of the 15th century. I carried out a search on the Edwards family whom turned out to be involved in politics. John Edwards uncle Symond Edwards was a lord, and this is the title which was passed to John Edwards and now onto Dean Burr. The Information I found on the Burrs in the archives was shocking, and surprised it's not been mentioned. After tracing the archives back, in 1625 Jehu Burr sailed over to the USA and had a son called Daniel Burr who then had a son named Sir Aaron Burr who was a reverand and was a notable divine and educator in colonial America. Sir Aaron Burr had a son named Aaron Burr Jr who was the third Vice President of the United States (1801–1805) Aaron Burr Jr's maternal grandfather was Jonathan Edwards (1703 - 1758) who was the father of Aaron Burr's mother Esther Burr. Along the line of family members born in to the Burr family Lord Jonathan Edwards whom Lord Burr inherited his title from was named after Aaron Burr Jr's grandfather Jonathan Edwards. I spent days researching the Burrs and Edwards. Now considering the title in question was around in the 1800's we both know the purchasing of titles wasn't around then. So it's self evident that Lord Dean David Burr has a very important and wealthy ancestry which can only mean the title was first given as an honor by someone of heirachy, perhaps even by Aaron Burr Jr himself. Frank_P
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10:22am Fri 22 Aug 14

tom_d says...

Q1. Is Burr the 'Lord of Wimbledon'?
Q2. Was the title 'Lord of Wimbledon' sold at auction in 1996 by Earl Spencer?
Q3. Is there more than one Lord of Wimbledon?
Q4. Who bestowed the title Lord of Wimbledon on a member of the Edwards or Burr family?
Q1. Is Burr the 'Lord of Wimbledon'? Q2. Was the title 'Lord of Wimbledon' sold at auction in 1996 by Earl Spencer? Q3. Is there more than one Lord of Wimbledon? Q4. Who bestowed the title Lord of Wimbledon on a member of the Edwards or Burr family? tom_d
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1:33pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Reeceblake says...

tom_d wrote:
Q1. Is Burr the 'Lord of Wimbledon'?
Q2. Was the title 'Lord of Wimbledon' sold at auction in 1996 by Earl Spencer?
Q3. Is there more than one Lord of Wimbledon?
Q4. Who bestowed the title Lord of Wimbledon on a member of the Edwards or Burr family?
Allow me to answer your questions @tom_d. It seems you're really trying to gun Lord Burr down, for what reasons may I ask? Do you know him? Are you even a resident of Wimbledon or London for that matter?

A1/ A2. Lord Dean David Burr is a Lord of Wimbledon as quoted by the article "a member of Wimbledon's titled gentry" and in his previous article "Meet Wimbledon's little-known Lord Dean David Burr." He has never claimed to be the "sole" Lord of Wimbledon. In regards to the 'Lord of Wimbledon' title being sold in 1996, I don't really care or feel the need to look in to it since it's not relevant, as stated previously Lord Burr has never claimed to be "The one and only, most important Lord of Wimbledon.'

A3. Yes there is more than 1 lord of Wimbledon, you also have The Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon who is an conservative peer in the house of lords. Allow me to educate you on something; Stating "Lord Dean David Burr of Wimbledon" means simply he is a Lord 'of' Wimbledon, where 'of' means living, residing etc... unless you can find me proof that Lord Burr has ever claimed to holding the title "The Lord of Wimbledon" what are you doing here?

A4. The title "Lord of Wimbledon" was not bestowed on a member of the Edwards or Burr family. John Edwards lived in York before his death and was "Lord John Edwards of York." again 'of' meaning living, residing etc... so when the title was handed down to Lord Burr, who lives in wimbledon, he is "Lord Dean David Burr of Wimbledon" because that's where he lives.

You came on this article stating the title was bought, which it isn't that's all you were trying to prove. As stated so kindly by @Frank_P "Now considering the title in question was around in the 1800's we both know the purchasing of titles wasn't around then." This means the title has been around no later than the 1800's, long before titles could be bought.

I hope I have answered your questions and hope you now understand and answer my questions.
[quote][p][bold]tom_d[/bold] wrote: Q1. Is Burr the 'Lord of Wimbledon'? Q2. Was the title 'Lord of Wimbledon' sold at auction in 1996 by Earl Spencer? Q3. Is there more than one Lord of Wimbledon? Q4. Who bestowed the title Lord of Wimbledon on a member of the Edwards or Burr family?[/p][/quote]Allow me to answer your questions @tom_d. It seems you're really trying to gun Lord Burr down, for what reasons may I ask? Do you know him? Are you even a resident of Wimbledon or London for that matter? A1/ A2. Lord Dean David Burr is a Lord of Wimbledon as quoted by the article "a member of Wimbledon's titled gentry" and in his previous article "Meet Wimbledon's little-known Lord Dean David Burr." He has never claimed to be the "sole" Lord of Wimbledon. In regards to the 'Lord of Wimbledon' title being sold in 1996, I don't really care or feel the need to look in to it since it's not relevant, as stated previously Lord Burr has never claimed to be "The one and only, most important Lord of Wimbledon.' A3. Yes there is more than 1 lord of Wimbledon, you also have The Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon who is an conservative peer in the house of lords. Allow me to educate you on something; Stating "Lord Dean David Burr of Wimbledon" means simply he is a Lord 'of' Wimbledon, where 'of' means living, residing etc... unless you can find me proof that Lord Burr has ever claimed to holding the title "The Lord of Wimbledon" what are you doing here? A4. The title "Lord of Wimbledon" was not bestowed on a member of the Edwards or Burr family. John Edwards lived in York before his death and was "Lord John Edwards of York." again 'of' meaning living, residing etc... so when the title was handed down to Lord Burr, who lives in wimbledon, he is "Lord Dean David Burr of Wimbledon" because that's where he lives. You came on this article stating the title was bought, which it isn't that's all you were trying to prove. As stated so kindly by @Frank_P "Now considering the title in question was around in the 1800's we both know the purchasing of titles wasn't around then." This means the title has been around no later than the 1800's, long before titles could be bought. I hope I have answered your questions and hope you now understand and answer my questions. Reeceblake
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1:45pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Hannah Farthing says...

Well done Dean, that looks freezing, glad I haven't been nominated. You have come such a long way from school, you've always been a kind and giving person. Don't let the trolls and haters get you down, some people are just jealous. I'm sure your busy self don't get time to read these comments, but in case you do, I send my best wishes!
Well done Dean, that looks freezing, glad I haven't been nominated. You have come such a long way from school, you've always been a kind and giving person. Don't let the trolls and haters get you down, some people are just jealous. I'm sure your busy self don't get time to read these comments, but in case you do, I send my best wishes! Hannah Farthing
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4:02pm Fri 22 Aug 14

tom_d says...

Google search for "Lord John Edwards of York" - no results found.

Obviously a VERY prestigious title. Think I'll buy a title online for £20 and get a chain off eBay and play dress-up, seems a good way of getting free publicity for my business...
Google search for "Lord John Edwards of York" - no results found. Obviously a VERY prestigious title. Think I'll buy a title online for £20 and get a chain off eBay and play dress-up, seems a good way of getting free publicity for my business... tom_d
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4:29pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Reeceblake says...

Chris you clearly have some issues with Lord Burr, and him being in the press. Why don't you contact him, instead of publicly bashing him, with no factual evidence to back your claims. Frank_P pointed out some great family history and ancestry, which he said, he found in the archives. Go ahead, buy a title and promote your business, that's all you think any lord is. How can you be so vindictive about a man who has inherited this title at the age of 28, he did not ask for the title, but he has used it to do wonders for charity and help his local community. He is a voice for many in wimbledon, and people look up to him. It's a shame that instead of having more people like Lord Burr, the world has to suffer with petty men like you who for some reason, try to see the bad in everybody. What does his title have to do with you anyway?
Chris you clearly have some issues with Lord Burr, and him being in the press. Why don't you contact him, instead of publicly bashing him, with no factual evidence to back your claims. Frank_P pointed out some great family history and ancestry, which he said, he found in the archives. Go ahead, buy a title and promote your business, that's all you think any lord is. How can you be so vindictive about a man who has inherited this title at the age of 28, he did not ask for the title, but he has used it to do wonders for charity and help his local community. He is a voice for many in wimbledon, and people look up to him. It's a shame that instead of having more people like Lord Burr, the world has to suffer with petty men like you who for some reason, try to see the bad in everybody. What does his title have to do with you anyway? Reeceblake
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