Charles Burton was born at Middleton, Lancashire, the son of a manufacturer. He studied at Glasgow and Cambridge before taking degrees in law from Magdalen College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1816 and held clerical positions in Manchester, where he was rector of All Saints' Church. Burton was a popular preacher who took a keen interest in science and especially geology.
Horae poeticae. 1815.
The servant's monitor: chiefly intended for female domestics. 1820.
A selection of psalms and hymns. 1820.
The Bardiad: a poem in two cantos. 1823.
A sermon on the parable of the barren fig-tree. 1823.
Lectures on the Millennium. 1841.
Lectures on the world before the flood. 1844.
Lectures on the deluge and the world after the flood. 1845.