A burker was unknown before the crimes of William Burke were made public; burking was an undiscovered art until he discovered it.
If a child were lost, the paragraph announcing the fact was headed, “Another supposed case of burking.”
But there is an Ulster difficulty, and no amount of burking it will solve it.
Well, of course, if Farrant chooses to insult Percival so gratuitously by burking his message to us .
Then followed the usual process of burking, and Mary Haldane, unfortunate in life, was equally unfortunate in her death.
Having wrought so assiduously for anatomy, he ended by burking phrenology.
In some houses, I saw several foreigners; and in the days when burking was common, many of these unfortunates were made away with.
The burking of her own letters, sent with unfailing regularity until outraged pride bade her cease, was equally clear.
Why should there be any hard feelings towards a Gipsy for “taking in and burking” a native in this way?
Two especially; that is to say, the practice of burking, and bad surgery.
family name (first recorded 1066), from Anglo-Norman pronunciation of Old English burgh. Not common in England itself, but it took root in Ireland, where William de Burgo went in 1171 with Henry II and later became Earl of Ulster. As shorthand for a royalty reference book, it represents "A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom," first issued 1826, compiled by John Burke (1787-1848). As a verb meaning "murder by smothering," it is abstracted from William Burk, executed in Edinburgh 1829 for murdering several persons to sell their bodies for dissection.