Burnett’s Leap

Burnett’s Leap ANR O NT652997 1

Burnett’s Leap 1960 Eggeling 1985, 245

pn Burnett + SSE leap

The name commemorates assistant lighhouse-keeper Burnett, who, on 5th April 1889, fell off the road onto rocks here and was seriously injured. He was rushing (in the wrong direction) to assist a steamer called the Newcastle Packet, which had run aground near Kirk Haven. The name applies ‘to the steep turn on the High Road as it descends to Altarstanes, where a low wall bounds the north side’, built after the accident (Eggeling 1985, 44–5; 245). Eggeling code L.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3