A Thomas BURNET was listed with one hearth at Preston in hearth tax returns for the wapentakes of Gilling West and Hang West at Michaelmas 1673. No doubt this individual, who is thought to have arrived in Preston c1650. There were two other individuals listed in these tax returns who might have been related to Thomas: a Richard BURNIT with one hearth at nearby Redmire and William BURNIT with one hearth at East Witton. The parish registers for Bolton cum Redmire show that two individuals, Christopher & George BURNETT, were having children baptised there from 1681. Later entries in the register have John & Robert BURNETT having children baptised - Robert's children included a son named Richard. There was certainly a branch of BURNETT at Redmire but how long they had been there is not clear and though it is quite likely that Thomas BURNETT who established the branch of the name at Preston under Scar was a member of the Redmire family, this has yet to be confirmed in primary sources.