In the centre part of the south transept of Westminster Abbey is a gravestone to William Burnaby, dramatist. The inscription reads:
William Burnaby Esq. who died November the 8th 1706 in the three and thirtieth year of his age
The coat of arms at the top is now very rubbed but was recorded in a 19th century book as "two bars, in chief a lion passant regardant". William was Agent for prizes on board the Fleet for the West Indies. He was born in 1673, a son of William, brewer, and his wife Isabella. He was educated at Oxford and the Middle Temple. The Reform'd Wife was staged at Drury Lane in 1700 but this and other works did not go down very well with audiences. His brothers were Anthony, James and John, Probably Anthony (died 1708), lawyer and Member of Parliament and also a secretary to the prize commissioners, was the brother. It may have been through his influence that William was buried in the Abbey.
His will is at The National Archives.
Further reading for William Burnaby
The dramatic works of William Burnaby, edited by F.E. Budd, 1931